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. 17 - Sun, Jun. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Finding Dory$135,060,273--4,305--$31,373$135,060,2731Disney
2Central Intelligence$35,535,250--3,508--$10,130$35,535,2501Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Conjuring 2$14,880,050-63%3,35613$4,434$71,055,1362Warner Bros. / New Line
4Now You See Me 2$9,373,379-58%3,2320$2,900$41,085,9082Lionsgate / Summit
6X-Men: Apocalypse$5,309,290-46%2,632-953$2,017$146,157,1264Fox
7Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$5,251,531-63%3,086-985$1,702$71,981,1053Paramount
8Alice Through the Looking Glass$4,290,760-24%1,880-1018$2,282$69,993,6844Disney
9Me Before You$3,911,175-57%2,645-117$1,479$46,112,0293Warner Bros. / New Line
10Captain America: Civil War$2,331,622-46%1,434-667$1,626$401,312,5917Disney
11The Angry Birds Movie$1,693,096-74%2,021-1062$838$103,183,9435Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Jungle Book (2016)$1,488,657-46%953-543$1,562$355,909,30810Disney
3The Nice Guys$827,340-58%522-625$1,585$34,186,4365Warner Bros.
4Love & Friendship$736,388-48%497-329$1,482$10,932,2126Roadside / Amazon
5The Lobster$602,175-39%319-241$1,888$6,644,69013A24
7Maggie's Plan$430,521-31%33524$1,285$1,764,7405Sony Pictures Classics
8Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$352,005-83%464-1117$759$54,542,8705Universal
9Genius$298,280204%134118$2,226$434,8302Roadside Attractions
10Money Monster$228,819-67%286-445$800$40,316,3806Sony / TriStar
11Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping$169,140-90%211-2102$802$9,393,8353Universal
12Barbershop: The Next Cut$67,634-50%121-61$559$53,790,08410Warner Bros. / New Line
13Housefull 3$57,895-76%1450$399$1,303,2433
14Keanu$55,496253%12392$451$20,484,3918Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Darkness$42,108-56%1069$397$10,658,4626High Top / BH Tilt
16Clown$26,920--100--$269$26,9201Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

1Weiner$128,048-20%809$1,601$1,039,2945IFC Films / Sundance Selects
2The Man Who Knew Infinity$127,982-23%88-27$1,454$3,397,7028IFC Films
3A Beautiful Planet$123,068-8%34-2$3,620$2,431,2518IMAX
4Dark Horse (2016)$73,78271%4315$1,716$364,1187Sony Pictures Classics
5The Meddler$66,418-49%94-42$707$4,030,7829Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wailing$56,823-54%23-12$2,471$657,9465Well Go USA
7Miracles from Heaven$45,800-41%93-30$492$61,487,23314Sony / Columbia
8Eye in the Sky$41,915-24%66-18$635$18,581,98715Bleecker Street
9De Palma$35,79418%1916$1,884$79,5552A24
10A Bigger Splash$34,806-40%37-20$941$1,936,5247Fox Searchlight
11The Music of Strangers$30,79525%118$2,800$68,1592The Orchard
12Sing Street$26,808-59%55-56$487$3,039,17910Weinstein Company
13Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$26,059--24--$1,086$26,0591
14Kung Fu Panda 3$23,442-33%53-35$442$143,403,64321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Tickled$21,898--2--$10,949$21,8981Magnolia Pictures
16Hello, My Name Is Doris$20,716-35%47-2$441$14,375,26315Roadside Attractions
17God's Not Dead 2$20,688216%12-5$1,724$20,737,40212Pure Flix
19The Homeless Billionaire$19,771--1--$19,771$19,7711
20Dheepan$19,502-26%242$813$188,7537IFC Films / Sundance Selects
21The Witness (2016)$18,29942%97$2,033$58,4043FilmRise
22Miles Ahead$14,862118%198$782$2,585,93812Sony Pictures Classics
23A Hologram for the King$12,07918%16-1$755$4,183,4249Roadside Attractions
24The Fits$11,672-19%73$1,667$49,1193Oscilloscope
25Sunset Song$11,505374%148$822$111,4486Magnolia Pictures
26Dough$10,780-26%10-6$1,078$1,016,83619Menemsha Films
27Wedding Doll$9,45972%70$1,351$43,24510Strand Releasing
28Seoul Searching$8,966--1--$8,966$8,9661
29High-Rise$8,559-4%81$1,070$300,1506Magnolia / Magnet
30My Love, Don't Cross That River$6,340--2--$3,170$6,3401Film Movement
31My Love, Don’t Cross That River$6,340--2--$3,170$6,3401
32Born to Be Wild 3D$5,134-25%2-2$2,567$24,758,974272Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$4,997-63%5-1$999$194,5796Oky Doky Productions
34From Afar$4,818-6%21$2,409$14,7362Strand Releasing
35The Last King$4,599--3--$1,533$4,5991Magnolia / Magnet
36Saturday's Warrior$4,262-27%80$533$645,03412Purdie Distribution
38Germans & Jews$3,312-34%10$3,312$13,1162First Run Features
39Viva (2016)$3,150109%74$450$173,8228Magnolia Pictures
40Green Room$2,902-48%8-2$363$3,211,35210A24
41Serial Killer 1$2,659--1--$2,659$9,7291
42Our Last Tango$2,591310%32$864$79,23610Strand Releasing
44Sweet Bean$2,373-45%54$475$74,91314Kino Lorber
45Argentina$2,274--1--$2,274$2,2741First Run Features
46Presenting Princess Shaw$2,205-46%40$551$29,0174Magnolia Pictures
47Tikkun$2,038-43%1-1$2,038$8,6772Kino Lorber
48The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$1,835-74%2-2$918$45,2794Rialto Pictures
49Paths of the Soul$1,62641%10$1,626$14,1956
50Chevalier$1,614-53%70$231$23,1234Strand Releasing
51Hockney$1,300-46%2-2$650$113,2489Film Movement
52Under the Sea 3D$1,288-6%10$1,288$35,048,624384Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Almost Holy$1,135-64%6-5$189$18,5155
54Ma ma$1,06821%30$356$46,4765Oscilloscope
55Range 15$1,044--1--$1,044$1,0441Tugg
56Journey to the South Pacific$1,024232%21$512$7,134,270134IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
57Neon Bull$1,014--3--$338$23,04411Kino Lorber
58Band of Outsiders (2016 re-issue)$816--1--$816$27,6717Rialto Pictures
59Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$688-13%20$344$10,651,782116Warner Bros. / IMAX
60The Dying of the Light$665--1--$665$4,74411First Run Features
61Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$630--1--$630$137,53132Rialto Pictures
62Golden Kingdom$554--1--$554$5541
63Last Cab to Darwin$406-35%10$406$1,4022First Run Features
64Unlocking the Cage$384-9%10$384$16,7464First Run Features
65The Measure of a Man$374-70%31$125$105,41310Kino Lorber
66The Invitation$166-47%10$166$231,49211Drafthouse Films
67Hubble 3D$104-92%10$104$51,689,311327Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Men & Chicken$88-79%2-2$44$30,0409Drafthouse Films
69Burning Bodhi$76--1--$76$3,28914Monterey Media