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. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Finding Dory$72,959,954-46%4,3050$16,948$286,277,8562Disney
2Independence Day: Resurgence$41,039,944--4,068--$10,088$41,039,9441Fox
3Central Intelligence$18,241,416-49%3,5080$5,200$69,173,8742Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Shallows$16,800,868--2,962--$5,672$16,800,8681Sony / Columbia
5The Conjuring 2$7,702,194-48%3,033-323$2,539$86,903,6283Warner Bros. / New Line
6Free State of Jones$7,572,206--2,815--$2,690$7,572,2061STX Entertainment
7Now You See Me 2$5,593,399-40%2,745-487$2,038$51,997,6133Lionsgate / Summit
8X-Men: Apocalypse$2,489,881-53%1,679-953$1,483$151,141,8725Fox
9Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$2,464,351-53%1,947-1139$1,266$77,181,9064Paramount
11Me Before You$1,937,092-50%1,538-1107$1,259$51,239,8434Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dough$14,54335%1,1471137$13$1,036,62320Menemsha Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1Alice Through the Looking Glass$1,852,805-57%495-1385$3,743$74,279,6685Disney
2Captain America: Civil War$1,368,558-41%753-681$1,817$403,857,2888Disney
3The Jungle Book (2016)$1,257,732-16%478-475$2,631$358,041,52311Disney
4The Neon Demon$589,014--783--$752$589,0141Broad Green / Amazon
5Love & Friendship$468,809-36%281-216$1,668$11,864,1137Roadside / Amazon
6The Angry Birds Movie$454,961-73%443-1578$1,027$104,934,7546Sony / Columbia
7The Lobster$403,662-33%210-109$1,922$7,381,52614A24
8The Nice Guys$400,341-52%291-231$1,376$34,986,1726Warner Bros.
9Maggie's Plan$273,940-36%203-132$1,349$2,255,7966Sony Pictures Classics
11Genius$213,984-28%15218$1,408$804,7853Roadside Attractions
12Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$154,220-56%189-275$816$54,917,3606Universal
13Money Monster$107,618-53%131-155$822$40,545,1827Sony / TriStar
14Keanu$39,257-29%115-8$341$20,566,3279Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

2A Beautiful Planet$119,394-3%351$3,411$2,716,3399IMAX
3Swiss Army Man$105,453--3--$35,151$105,4531A24
4Weiner$103,621-19%888$1,178$1,214,8936IFC Films / Sundance Selects
5The Music of Strangers$96,204212%4332$2,237$182,8203The Orchard
6Dark Horse (2016)$88,58020%7431$1,197$489,2378Sony Pictures Classics
7The Man Who Knew Infinity$81,786-36%66-22$1,239$3,549,8359IFC Films
8Hunt for the Wilderpeople$77,298--5--$15,460$78,4391The Orchard
9Three$58,196--23--$2,530$58,1961 Inc. Well Go USA
10Tickled$56,309157%1816$3,128$93,9912Magnolia Pictures
11Barbershop: The Next Cut$51,725-24%80-41$647$53,888,11711Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Meddler$47,722-28%59-35$809$4,124,10710Sony Pictures Classics
13The Darkness$43,5643%79-27$551$10,732,8417High Top / BH Tilt
14Miracles from Heaven$38,933-15%75-18$519$61,561,17015Sony / Columbia
15Eye in the Sky$26,655-36%47-19$567$18,629,31916Bleecker Street
17The Fits$25,092115%2013$1,255$80,8484Oscilloscope
19Kung Fu Panda 3$23,3310%47-6$496$143,446,02222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20A Bigger Splash$20,556-41%20-17$1,028$1,982,5058Fox Searchlight
21The Wailing$19,379-66%14-9$1,384$715,2116Well Go USA
22Eat That Question$16,695--2--$8,348$16,6951Sony Pictures Classics
23Sing Street$16,438-39%33-22$498$3,075,08211Weinstein Company
24De Palma$15,981-55%190$841$121,6393A24
25The Witness (2016)$15,255-17%156$1,017$82,8764FilmRise
26Dheepan$15,023-23%262$578$212,3558IFC Films / Sundance Selects
27Hello, My Name Is Doris$13,890-33%29-18$479$14,406,75316Roadside Attractions
28Les Cowboys$13,178--4--$3,295$13,1781Cohen Media Group
29A Hologram for the King$8,839-27%14-2$631$4,198,18310Roadside Attractions
30The Kind Words$8,571--1--$8,571$8,5711Strand Releasing
31My Love, Don’t Cross That River$7,82223%64$1,304$19,5372
32God's Not Dead 2$7,292-65%197$384$20,748,32013Pure Flix
33Born to Be Wild 3D$6,68530%31$2,228$24,776,394273Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Our Last Tango$6,153137%63$1,026$87,85711Strand Releasing
35Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$5,799-78%12-12$483$42,0052
36Right Now, Wrong Then$5,291--2--$2,646$5,2911
37High-Rise$4,931-42%80$616$308,9107Magnolia / Magnet
38Sunset Song$4,918-57%8-6$615$126,2687Magnolia Pictures
39Diary of a Chambermaid$4,835--8--$604$463Cohen Media Group
40Unlocking the Cage$4,7761144%32$1,592$21,5225First Run Features
41Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$4,709-6%3-2$1,570$201,6387Oky Doky Productions
42Clown$4,115-85%22-78$187$51,8092Weinstein / Dimension
43Wedding Doll$3,672-61%4-3$918$49,80411Strand Releasing
44Miles Ahead$3,486-77%7-12$498$2,595,00613Sony Pictures Classics
47Saturday's Warrior$2,672-37%5-3$534$653,86413Purdie Distribution
48Under the Sea 3D$2,580100%54$516$35,052,287385Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Ran (2016 re-issue)$1,851--1--$1,851$66,09718Rialto Pictures
50Paths of the Soul$1,7005%21$850$16,9097
51Green Room$1,653-43%4-4$413$3,214,60711A24
52Vigilante Diaries$1,650--2--$825$1,6501Anchor Bay Entertainment
53Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$1,559--1--$1,559$80,19315Grasshopper Film
54Germans & Jews$1,512-54%10$1,512$17,3803First Run Features
55Presenting Princess Shaw$1,403-36%2-2$702$32,2275Magnolia Pictures
56Breaking a Monster$1,302--1--$1,302$1,3021Abramorama
57Viva (2016)$1,164-63%2-5$582$177,0629Magnolia Pictures
58The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$1,140-38%1-1$1,140$47,6175Rialto Pictures
59Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,09259%31$364$10,655,406117Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Hockney$1,024-21%20$512$115,14510Film Movement
61Argentina$1,002-56%10$1,002$5,4682First Run Features
62From Afar$941-80%20$471$18,3003Strand Releasing
63Los Sures$833--1--$833$82,01911
64Hubble 3D$808677%10$808$51,691,030328Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Band of Outsiders (2016 re-issue)$748-8%10$748$28,5558Rialto Pictures
66The Last King$666-86%1-2$666$8,5502Magnolia / Magnet
67Almost Holy$400-65%3-3$133$19,4006
68Deep Sea 3D$349--1--$349$46,208,107539Warner Bros. / IMAX
69Journey to the South Pacific$305-70%1-1$305$7,136,759135IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
70Chevalier$226-86%2-5$113$24,7545Strand Releasing
71Aferim!$115--2--$58$105,62723Big World Pictures
72The Invitation$52-69%10$52$231,70312Drafthouse Films
73Men & Chicken$45-49%1-1$45$30,12710Drafthouse Films