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, Jul. 1 - Sun, Jul. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Finding Dory$41,817,176-43%4,3050$9,714$372,166,7783Disney
2The Legend of Tarzan$38,527,856--3,561--$10,819$38,527,8561Warner Bros.
3The Purge: Election Year$31,515,110--2,796--$11,271$31,515,1101Universal
4The BFG$18,775,350--3,357--$5,593$18,775,3501Disney / DreamWorks
5Independence Day: Resurgence$16,718,966-59%4,09123$4,087$72,876,0392Fox
6Central Intelligence$12,512,353-31%3,166-342$3,952$91,949,4273Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Shallows$8,777,190-48%2,9620$2,963$35,028,8372Sony / Columbia
8Free State of Jones$4,140,510-45%2,781-34$1,489$15,206,2212STX Entertainment
9The Conjuring 2$3,835,983-50%2,008-1025$1,910$95,269,5214Warner Bros. / New Line
10Now You See Me 2$2,958,764-47%1,788-957$1,655$58,698,2094Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Swiss Army Man$1,414,7511242%636633$2,224$1,569,0392A24
2Our Kind of Traitor$984,698--373--$2,640$984,6981Roadside Attractions
3X-Men: Apocalypse$905,638-64%630-1049$1,438$153,503,0936Fox
4Me Before You$820,753-58%523-1015$1,569$53,707,5485Warner Bros. / New Line
5Captain America: Civil War$770,579-44%367-386$2,100$405,418,9679Disney
6Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$767,320-69%719-1228$1,067$79,514,8225Paramount
7The Jungle Book (2016)$643,045-49%294-184$2,187$359,477,64312Disney
9Love & Friendship$405,688-13%185-96$2,193$12,551,0128Roadside / Amazon
10Alice Through the Looking Glass$394,733-79%192-303$2,056$75,675,0626Disney
11The Angry Birds Movie$314,576-31%278-165$1,132$105,682,1907Sony / Columbia
12The Lobster$311,748-23%151-59$2,065$7,933,72615A24
13The Nice Guys$294,500-26%264-27$1,116$35,512,4477Warner Bros.
14Maggie's Plan$232,690-15%158-45$1,473$2,622,9967Sony Pictures Classics
16The Neon Demon$137,104-77%185-598$741$1,098,7972Broad Green / Amazon
17Money Monster$119,27111%17241$693$40,720,3438Sony / TriStar
18Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$113,190-27%147-42$770$55,133,7107Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Beautiful Planet$169,67142%361$4,713$3,023,61510IMAX
2Hunt for the Wilderpeople$143,03485%2318$6,219$255,6872The Orchard
3Genius$120,513-44%98-54$1,230$1,043,5614Roadside Attractions
4The Music of Strangers$109,34414%6118$1,793$347,3954The Orchard
5Dark Horse (2016)$88,5210%67-7$1,321$633,1729Sony Pictures Classics
6Weiner$87,910-15%67-21$1,312$1,370,0597IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8The Man Who Knew Infinity$64,091-22%61-5$1,051$3,661,39410IFC Films
9No One's Life Is Easy (So I Married An Anti-Fan)$58,767--22--$2,671$58,7671
10Tickled$55,898-1%257$2,236$187,9613Magnolia Pictures
12Barbershop: The Next Cut$40,074-23%66-14$607$53,958,09412Warner Bros. / New Line
13Eat That Question$31,77890%108$3,178$60,6502Sony Pictures Classics
14The Innocents$30,896--3--$10,299$30,8961Music Box Films
15The Meddler$30,392-36%30-29$1,013$4,184,99311Sony Pictures Classics
16Miracles from Heaven$27,179-30%49-26$555$61,619,16516Sony / Columbia
17Les Cowboys$22,41470%128$1,868$43,2572Cohen Media Group
18Life, Animated$21,883--3--$7,294$21,8831The Orchard
19Sing Street$19,26417%20-13$963$3,105,69212Weinstein Company
20Eye in the Sky$18,365-31%37-10$496$18,662,91317Bleecker Street
21The Kind Words$15,43380%43$3,858$29,5222Strand Releasing
22A Bigger Splash$15,219-26%17-3$895$2,012,9639Fox Searchlight
23Three$14,698-75%6-17$2,450$107,1542 Inc. Well Go USA
24Kung Fu Panda 3$14,407-38%29-18$497$143,482,00423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25The Witness (2016)$14,322-6%7-8$2,046$108,3545FilmRise
26Dough$11,961-18%8-1139$1,495$1,055,13921Menemsha Films
27Microbe & Gasoline$11,882--2--$5,941$11,8821Screen Media
28The Fits$11,261-55%11-9$1,024$108,0685Oscilloscope
29Born to Be Wild 3D$7,36710%30$2,456$24,792,835274Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Dheepan$6,460-57%16-10$404$228,1809IFC Films / Sundance Selects
31Hello, My Name Is Doris$6,280-55%18-11$349$14,421,29017Roadside Attractions
32God's Not Dead 2$5,969-18%14-5$426$20,760,32614Pure Flix
33Miles Ahead$5,89169%1710$347$2,602,23414Sony Pictures Classics
34A Hologram for the King$5,810-34%6-8$968$4,209,00511Roadside Attractions
35De Palma$5,010-69%15-4$334$139,4314A24
36The Wailing$4,571-76%3-11$1,524$730,6057Well Go USA
37Sunset Song$4,559-7%80$570$133,8758Magnolia Pictures
38Last Cab to Darwin$4,489--3--$1,496$6,0854First Run Features
39Our Last Tango$4,200-32%4-2$1,050$95,60812Strand Releasing
40High-Rise$4,141-16%7-1$592$317,0078Magnolia / Magnet
41Saturday's Warrior$3,99449%94$444$662,04314Purdie Distribution
42From Afar$3,682291%31$1,227$23,0004Strand Releasing
43Argentina$3,391238%32$1,130$9,1983First Run Features
44Roseanne for President!$3,340--2--$1,670$3,3401IFC Films
45Right Now, Wrong Then$3,057-42%20$1,529$14,5082
46Diary of a Chambermaid$3,012-38%5-3$602$53,5814Cohen Media Group
47Wedding Doll$2,676-27%40$669$53,63012Strand Releasing
49Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$2,288-61%6-6$381$46,7723
50Germans & Jews$1,69612%10$1,696$20,4844First Run Features
51Green Room$1,103-33%3-1$368$3,217,09512A24
52Breaking a Monster$998-23%10$998$3,0882Abramorama
53My Love, Don’t Cross That River$928-88%3-3$309$26,3863
54Paths of the Soul$890-48%1-1$890$18,6478
55Journey to the South Pacific$875187%10$875$7,139,409136IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
56Band of Outsiders (2016 re-issue)$7865%10$786$30,3539Rialto Pictures
57Hubble 3D$730-10%32$243$51,692,475329Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Aferim!$446288%20$223$106,18724Big World Pictures
59Presenting Princess Shaw$305-78%1-1$305$33,4336Magnolia Pictures
60To the Arctic 3D$270--1--$270$14,445,922220Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Satanic (2016)$205--3--$68$2051Magnolia / Magnet
62Chevalier$188-17%1-1$188$25,1026Strand Releasing
63Under the Sea 3D$152-94%2-3$76$35,053,362386Warner Bros. / IMAX