Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 3 - Sun, Jun. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$35,316,382--4,071--$8,675$35,316,3821Paramount
2X-Men: Apocalypse$22,825,484-65%4,1533$5,496$116,998,7162Fox
3Me Before You$18,723,269--2,704--$6,924$18,723,2691Warner Bros. / New Line
4Alice Through the Looking Glass$11,314,635-58%3,7630$3,007$51,396,2322Disney
5The Angry Birds Movie$10,214,076-46%3,484-448$2,932$87,116,8023Sony / Columbia
6Captain America: Civil War$7,829,479-49%3,084-311$2,539$389,178,6365Disney
7Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$4,863,365-48%2,417-999$2,012$48,723,5903Universal
8Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping$4,698,715--2,311--$2,033$4,698,7151Universal
9The Jungle Book (2016)$4,445,272-37%1,990-533$2,234$347,667,9338Disney
10The Nice Guys$3,453,344-47%1,888-977$1,829$29,054,1943Warner Bros.
11Money Monster$1,865,537-57%1,323-992$1,410$38,304,9474Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1Love & Friendship$2,139,663-11%819326$2,613$7,022,0374Roadside / Amazon
2The Lobster$1,457,92894%560444$2,603$3,907,88511A24
3A Aa$1,213,057--115--$10,548$1,708,6681
5Housefull 3$689,302--145--$4,754$689,3021
6Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$286,178-45%270-91$1,060$329,905,95111Warner Bros.
7The Man Who Knew Infinity$276,638-36%195-96$1,419$2,932,2776IFC Films
8The Meddler$255,225-52%232-188$1,100$3,645,3807Sony Pictures Classics
9The Darkness$176,186-75%208-796$847$10,411,9934High Top / BH Tilt
10A Bigger Splash$162,260-60%220-158$738$1,725,7905Fox Searchlight
11The Huntsman: Winter's War$136,200-63%167-207$816$47,804,1607Universal
12Miracles from Heaven$108,053-57%159-48$680$61,251,74412Sony / Columbia
13The Boss$102,855-56%157-74$655$62,900,5509Universal
14Mother's Day (2016)$98,400-56%208-127$473$32,364,9946Open Road
15Barbershop: The Next Cut$95,390-61%118-147$808$53,478,6938Warner Bros. / New Line
16Kung Fu Panda 3$61,952-76%134-59$462$143,275,70919Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Wailing$218,520--32--$6,829$296,8123Well Go USA
2Weiner$201,00727%5832$3,466$593,0483IFC Films / Sundance Selects
3Maggie's Plan$142,63137%3415$4,195$395,5493Sony Pictures Classics
4A Beautiful Planet$127,553-19%36-6$3,543$1,881,7106IMAX
6Dark Horse (2016)$48,63434%2613$1,871$202,5625Sony Pictures Classics
7Sing Street$46,819-60%57-118$821$2,895,4028Weinstein Company
8Hello, My Name Is Doris$44,590-28%68-15$656$14,275,31413Roadside Attractions
9Eye in the Sky$32,453-52%43-38$755$18,439,00213Bleecker Street
10Keanu$31,828-54%44-77$723$20,386,4446Warner Bros. / New Line
11High-Rise$18,411-44%16-11$1,151$263,8564Magnolia / Magnet
12Dough$15,570-49%18-6$865$974,51017Menemsha Films
13Dheepan$15,29742%0-15--$122,1595IFC Films / Sundance Selects
14The Witness (2016)$14,523--1--$14,523$14,5231FilmRise
15A Hologram for the King$14,341-40%26-12$552$4,143,4417Roadside Attractions
16God's Not Dead 2$12,510-54%28-20$447$20,699,84410Pure Flix
17Time To Choose$12,233--6--$2,039$12,2331Abramorama
18Sunset Song$12,089-21%183$672$90,5084Magnolia Pictures
19Miles Ahead$11,358-40%16-29$710$2,550,54510Sony Pictures Classics
20The Fits$10,602--1--$10,602$10,6021Oscilloscope
21Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$10,590-65%60$1,765$167,9954Oky Doky Productions
22Green Room$9,924-73%19-11$522$3,190,2218A24
23Presenting Princess Shaw$8,77582%129$731$16,0212Magnolia Pictures
24The Lady in the Van$8,638-13%14-7$617$10,017,67527Sony Pictures Classics
25The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$7,853-35%42$1,963$28,1132Rialto Pictures
26Born to Be Wild 3D$7,69192%5-8$1,538$24,724,348270Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Meet the Blacks$6,981-36%17-11$411$9,086,73010Freestyle Releasing
28Ma ma$6,396-56%110$581$40,0683Oscilloscope
29Hockney$6,341-60%6-3$1,057$96,1967Film Movement
30Wedding Doll$5,739--6--$957$19,6448Strand Releasing
31Kamikaze '89$5,613--1--$5,613$5,6131
32River of Fundament$5,360--2--$2,680$43,05727International Film Circuit
33Saturday's Warrior$4,873-14%126$406$621,32510Purdie Distribution
34Eva Hesse$4,794-18%40$1,199$106,4386Zeitgeist Films
35Viva (2016)$4,33712%104$434$165,2166Magnolia Pictures
36Tale of Tales$3,73722%5-1$747$98,2497IFC Films
37Unlocking the Cage$3,624-2%10$3,624$13,8922First Run Features
38Almost Holy$3,436132%105$344$11,7383
39Chevalier$3,163-47%30$1,054$13,9722Strand Releasing
40Holy Hell (2015)$2,730-70%2-1$1,365$16,9052WRA Productions LLC
41The First Monday in May$2,7270%73$390$523,5738Magnolia Pictures
42Under the Sea 3D$2,34531%3-5$782$35,036,994382Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$2,3320%6-6$389$1,114,6666Yari Film Group
44Born to Be Blue$1,835-56%5-2$367$805,39711IFC Films
45April and the Extraordinary World$1,69111%8-1$211$294,32611GKIDS
47Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,453253%2-2$727$10,640,585114Warner Bros. / IMAX
48The Ones Below$1,438-72%2-2$719$9,8852Magnolia / Magnet
49Sweet Bean$1,165--2--$583$66,51812Kino Lorber
50Aferim!$1,02179%21$511$103,26620Big World Pictures
51Our Last Tango$930-75%3-3$310$75,1428Strand Releasing
52The Invitation$7934%20$397$230,7359Drafthouse Films
53The Measure of a Man$739-48%20$370$101,9198Kino Lorber
54Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$61533%10$615$135,90530Rialto Pictures
55Men & Chicken$590258%32$197$28,0347Drafthouse Films
57Cemetery of Splendor$428--2--$214$51,76514Strand Releasing
58Fritz Lang's Destiny (2016 re-issue)$413--1--$413$5,6633Kino Lorber
59Paths of the Soul$405-67%1-1$405$10,3194
60I Saw the Light$386-82%2-4$193$1,646,46811Sony Pictures Classics
61Elstree 1976$376-40%2-1$188$11,7575FilmRise
62The Other Side$36522%10$365$4,5313Film Movement
63Journey to the South Pacific$123-86%1-1$123$7,130,589132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
64Neon Bull$82--1--$82$21,9929Kino Lorber
65Phantom Detective$80-98%1-6$80$66,8784