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. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

1The Conjuring 2$40,406,314--3,343--$12,087$40,406,3141Warner Bros. / New Line
3Now You See Me 2$22,383,146--3,232--$6,925$22,383,1461Lionsgate / Summit
4Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$14,386,565-59%4,0710$3,534$60,626,3482Paramount
5X-Men: Apocalypse$9,915,017-57%3,585-568$2,766$136,289,2123Fox
6Me Before You$9,038,263-52%2,76258$3,272$36,650,8412Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Angry Birds Movie$6,550,445-36%3,083-401$2,125$98,020,0684Sony / Columbia
8Alice Through the Looking Glass$5,646,012-50%2,898-865$1,948$62,538,6233Disney
9Captain America: Civil War$4,314,342-45%2,101-983$2,053$396,871,4906Disney
10The Jungle Book (2016)$2,761,034-38%1,496-494$1,846$352,689,7239Disney
11Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$2,120,535-56%1,581-836$1,341$53,088,7604Universal
12The Nice Guys$1,960,130-43%1,147-741$1,709$32,502,3224Warner Bros.
13Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping$1,678,730-64%2,3132$726$8,310,0102Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Love & Friendship$1,409,314-34%8267$1,706$9,426,1895Roadside / Amazon
2The Lobster$987,794-32%5600$1,764$5,552,85412A24
3Money Monster$700,810-62%731-592$959$39,769,4805Sony / TriStar
4Maggie's Plan$623,248337%311277$2,004$1,071,0194Sony Pictures Classics
6TE3N$258,066--104--$2,481$258,0661Reliance Entertainment
7Housefull 3$236,538-66%1450$1,631$1,166,4102
8Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$193,821-32%215-55$901$330,249,06212Warner Bros.
9The Man Who Knew Infinity$167,031-40%115-80$1,452$3,188,8717IFC Films
10Barbershop: The Next Cut$135,04942%18264$742$53,651,8779Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Meddler$129,790-49%136-96$954$3,900,9438Sony Pictures Classics
12The Huntsman: Winter's War$85,450-37%141-26$606$47,952,0208Universal
13The Boss$80,125-22%127-30$631$63,034,75510Universal
14Miracles from Heaven$77,003-29%123-36$626$61,391,82013Sony / Columbia
15Sing Street$66,00741%11154$595$2,984,9269Weinstein Company
16Mother's Day (2016)$41,406-58%115-93$360$32,463,9177Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Aa$345,324-72%95-20$3,635$2,256,4032
2Weiner$160,133-20%7113$2,255$835,8744IFC Films / Sundance Selects
3A Beautiful Planet$134,4305%360$3,734$2,168,0127IMAX
4The Wailing$123,772-43%353$3,536$541,6894Well Go USA
5Genius$98,274--16--$6,142$98,2741Roadside Attractions
6The Darkness$96,315-45%97-111$993$10,583,5355High Top / BH Tilt
7A Bigger Splash$57,733-64%57-163$1,013$1,868,4776Fox Searchlight
8Eye in the Sky$54,84469%8441$653$18,510,16814Bleecker Street
9Dark Horse (2016)$43,237-11%282$1,544$265,8426Sony Pictures Classics
10Kung Fu Panda 3$34,770-44%88-46$395$143,351,69820Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Hello, My Name Is Doris$31,928-28%49-19$652$14,333,61714Roadside Attractions
12De Palma$30,355--3--$10,118$30,3551A24
13Puerto Ricans in Paris$26,674--41--$651$90,8841Focus World
14Dheepan$26,45973%22--$1,203$155,4566IFC Films / Sundance Selects
15The Music of Strangers$24,614--3--$8,205$24,6141The Orchard
17Keanu$15,731-51%31-13$507$20,418,5417Warner Bros. / New Line
18Dough$14,520-7%16-2$908$997,85418Menemsha Films
19The Fits$14,47337%43$3,618$30,3222Oscilloscope
20Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$13,48727%60$2,248$184,7565Oky Doky Productions
21The Witness (2016)$12,926-11%21$6,463$33,0202FilmRise
22Time To Choose$11,864-3%93$1,318$29,2332Abramorama
23A Hologram for the King$10,280-28%17-9$605$4,164,3668Roadside Attractions
24Diary of a Chambermaid$10,053--2--$5,027$10,0531Cohen Media Group
25High-Rise$8,937-51%7-9$1,277$285,8385Magnolia / Magnet
26The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$6,928-12%40$1,732$39,9843Rialto Pictures
27Born to Be Wild 3D$6,818-11%4-1$1,705$24,741,092271Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Miles Ahead$6,813-40%11-5$619$2,568,95911Sony Pictures Classics
29God's Not Dead 2$6,543-48%17-11$385$20,712,69111Pure Flix
30Saturday's Warrior$5,83820%8-4$730$633,52211Purdie Distribution
31Green Room$5,548-44%10-9$555$3,205,9799A24
32Wedding Doll$5,509-4%71$787$29,6749Strand Releasing
33From Afar$5,136--1--$5,136$7,2221Strand Releasing
34Germans & Jews$5,024--1--$5,024$5,0241First Run Features
35Francofonia$4,307--5--$861$290,05511Music Box Films
36Sweet Bean$4,276267%1-1$4,276$70,98713Kino Lorber
37Presenting Princess Shaw$4,111-53%4-8$1,028$23,9013Magnolia Pictures
38Ran (2016 re-issue)$3,945--2--$1,973$63,05816Rialto Pictures
39Meet the Blacks$3,826-45%10-7$383$9,093,85611Freestyle Releasing
40Tikkun$3,595--2--$1,798$3,5951Kino Lorber
41Chevalier$3,46510%74$495$20,0253Strand Releasing
42Therapy for a Vampire$3,361--2--$1,681$3,3611Music Box Films
43Almost Holy$3,170-8%111$288$14,9084
44Eva Hesse$2,680-44%40$670$114,1057Zeitgeist Films
45Call Her Applebroog$2,559--1--$2,559$2,5591Zeitgeist Films
46Sunset Song$2,426-80%6-12$404$98,4035Magnolia Pictures
47Hockney$2,408-62%4-2$602$109,7068Film Movement
49Viktoria$1,925--2--$963$6,7657Big World Pictures
50Aferim!$1,57654%20$788$104,70621Big World Pictures
51Viva (2016)$1,504-65%3-7$501$169,4907Magnolia Pictures
52Under the Sea 3D$1,374-41%1-2$1,374$35,044,912383Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Hubble 3D$1,350--1--$1,350$51,689,207326Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Measure of a Man$1,25269%20$626$104,6839Kino Lorber
55A Monster with a Thousand Heads$1,195--5--$239$18,0695Music Box Films
56Paths of the Soul$1,157186%10$1,157$11,7515
57The First Monday in May$1,006-63%1-6$1,006$527,2589Magnolia Pictures
58The Ones Below$1,002-30%1-1$1,002$12,0893Magnolia / Magnet
59Ma ma$882-86%3-8$294$45,1134Oscilloscope
60Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$792-45%20$396$10,642,524115Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Our Last Tango$632-32%1-2$632$76,2769Strand Releasing
62Last Cab to Darwin$620--1--$620$6201First Run Features
63Fritz Lang's Destiny (2016 re-issue)$54031%10$540$6,2034Kino Lorber
64Rabin, The Last Day$470--1--$470$28,41120Kino Lorber
65Men & Chicken$422-28%41$106$29,1048Drafthouse Films
66Unlocking the Cage$422-88%10$422$15,7163First Run Features
67The Invitation$313-61%1-1$313$231,32610Drafthouse Films
68Journey to the South Pacific$308150%10$308$7,131,315133IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
69The Other Side$148-59%10$148$4,7844Film Movement
70Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$133-94%2-4$67$1,115,5167Yari Film Group
71Phantom Detective$59-26%10$59$67,0155