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, Apr. 28 - Sun, Apr. 30

Wide (1000+)

1The Fate of the Furious$19,936,540-48%4,077-252$4,890$193,268,1153Universal
2How to Be A Latin Lover$12,252,439--1,118--$10,959$12,252,4391Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Boss Baby$9,372,386-26%3,73942$2,507$148,787,9705Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Circle$9,034,148--3,163--$2,856$9,034,1481EuropaCorp/STXfilms
5Beauty and the Beast$6,825,595-29%3,155-160$2,163$480,525,8287Disney
6Going in Style$3,607,144-27%2,761-277$1,306$37,346,9144Warner Bros. / New Line
7Smurfs: The Lost Village$3,558,031-27%2,554-183$1,393$37,977,5324Sony / Columbia
8Gifted$3,364,270-26%2,215229$1,519$15,894,2954Fox Searchlight
9Unforgettable$2,412,141-50%2,4170$998$8,950,9602Warner Bros.
10Born in China$2,385,812-50%1,5080$1,582$8,819,8432Disneynature
11Get Out$1,710,2402%1,563598$1,094$172,534,25010Universal
12The Promise$1,443,046-65%2,2510$641$7,067,0642Open Road
13The Case For Christ$989,072-38%1,050-197$942$13,054,2374Pure Flix
14Phoenix Forgotten$741,631-59%1,463-170$507$3,103,1172Cinelou Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1Baahubali 2: The Conclusion$10,430,497--425--$24,542$10,430,4971Great India Films
2The Lost City of Z$1,806,634-15%866252$2,086$4,913,1203Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
3Sleight$1,701,785--565--$3,012$1,701,7851High Top Releasing
4Kong: Skull Island$1,121,735-25%933-270$1,202$165,487,1218Warner Bros.
5The Zookeeper's Wife$991,805-29%997-36$995$14,808,0005Focus Features
6Power Rangers$855,661-37%889-403$962$84,234,1696Lionsgate
9Their Finest$511,566-4%330154$1,550$1,826,6124EuropaCorp/STXfilms
10Ghost in the Shell$436,427-51%456-457$957$39,948,0955Paramount / DreamWorks
11Life (2017)$305,153-32%503-227$607$29,825,4816Sony / Columbia
12The LEGO Batman Movie$301,201-13%273-18$1,103$174,691,62812Warner Bros.
13Free Fire$248,991-75%817-253$305$1,662,0242A24
14Your Name.$206,689-39%123-45$1,680$4,479,0664FUNimation Entertainment
15The Shack$179,352-35%285-89$629$57,011,0669Lionsgate / Summit
16CHiPs$121,967-25%204-41$598$18,360,0136Warner Bros.
18Hidden Figures$85,792-53%124-36$692$168,991,40519Fox
19A Dog's Purpose$74,130-2%1231$603$64,230,84514Universal
20Sing (2016)$32,2206%18899$171$270,322,94019Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$228,09284%4729$4,853$533,0503Sony Pictures Classics
2Battle of Memories$224,942--42--$5,356$224,9421China Lion Film
3A Quiet Passion$101,19744%4431$2,300$281,6553Music Box Films
4Lion$48,3560%65-17$744$51,694,85423Weinstein Company
5The Mayor$47,128--29--$1,625$47,1281Well Go USA
6The Belko Experiment$44,14539%8336$532$9,697,0907BH Tilt
7Tommy's Honour$40,678-49%60-29$678$491,9343Roadside Attractions
8T2: Trainspotting$36,429-54%67-93$544$2,289,2439Sony
9Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$35,84777%1614$2,240$64,5022The Orchard
10Frantz$35,810-50%45-27$796$799,6957Music Box Films
11KEDi$35,420-29%39-10$908$2,526,11812Oscilloscope Laboratories
12Graduation$34,22569%3621$951$110,1134IFC Films / Sundance Selects
13Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$33,32445%1613$2,083$96,5813Abramorama
14Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$28,792-28%43-28$670$532,171,69620Disney
15Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$28,345-10%64$4,724$77,2942IFC Films
17I am Not Your Negro$20,730-27%18-4$1,152$7,054,53313Magnolia Pictures
18Cezanne and I$19,395-52%21-8$924$192,0975Magnolia Pictures
19Personal Shopper$18,225-14%20-17$911$1,261,7418IFC Films
20Obit.$16,185--2--$8,093$35,2081Kino Lorber
21David Lynch: The Art Life$14,51732%5-2$2,903$93,0135Janus
22The Last Word$13,541-12%5338$255$1,761,6779Bleeker Street
23Raw$11,934-9%12-5$995$508,4258Focus World
24A United Kingdom$10,309-38%20-5$515$3,879,95112Fox Searchlight
25My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea$8,696-5%2514$348$43,5683GKIDS
26The King's Case Note$8,462--2--$4,231$8,4621CJ Entertainment
27Natasha$8,325--1--$8,325$8,3251Menemsha Films
287 Witches$8,052329%43$2,013$10,9032Indican Pictures
29Buster Mal's Heart$7,137--1--$7,137$7,1371Well Go USA
30Buster's Mal Heart$7,137--1--$7,137$7,1371Well Go USA
31Born to Be Wild 3D$6,960126%132$535$25,318,363317Warner Bros. / IMAX
32One Week and a Day$6,833--3--$2,278$6,8331Oscilloscope
33Finding Oscar$6,17757%1612$386$15,3123FilmRise
34Slack Bay$5,629-16%42$1,407$20,7202Kino Lorber Films
35Land of Mine$5,030-13%151$335$423,84012Sony Pictures Classics
36The Void$4,879-70%12-11$407$144,7774Cartilage Films
37Under the Sea 3D$3,993-20%5-3$799$35,368,544429Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Bang! The Bert Berns Story$3,923--1--$3,923$8,5711Abramorama
39To the Arctic 3D$3,82059%2-1$1,910$14,512,808263Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Toni Erdmann$3,688-7%8-2$461$1,472,97519Sony Pictures Classics
41The Red Turtle$3,237-59%7-7$462$912,82515Sony Pictures Classics
42Tomorrow$3,117-78%10-8$312$34,4298Under the Milky Way
43Moonlight (2016)$2,569-67%4-8$642$27,850,91028A24
44Neruda$2,328-19%6-2$388$935,80020The Orchard
45Julieta$2,278-40%2-5$1,139$1,489,84819Sony Pictures Classics
46After the Storm$2,273-78%8-13$284$235,2817Film Movement
47Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$2,203-83%3-1$734$165,3845Arrow Films
48The Transfiguration$2,040-33%74$291$15,9054Strand Releasing
49The Death of Louis XIV$2,003--3--$668$22,6085Cinema Guild
50The Prison$1,571-81%1-1$1,571$207,1675Well Go USA
51Seven Beauties (1975)$1,43131%10$1,431$5,3403Kino Lorber
52Hubble 3D$1,357-14%3-1$452$51,831,748372Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Saving Banksy$1,225--1--$1,225$47,96516Parade Deck Films
5420th Century Women$1,188-68%3-4$396$5,663,85418A24
55The Women's Balcony$1,176-47%10$1,176$270,6059Menemsha Films
56The Eagle Huntress$1,080-26%41$270$3,167,18426Sony Pictures Classics
57Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,0401826%20$520$10,720,062161Warner Bros. / IMAX
58The Lure$1,035-40%10$1,035$98,81813Janus
59Song To Song$1,005-4%2-3$503$432,7737Broad Green Pictures
60Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance$820--1--$820$173,99413Abramorama
61All These Sleepless Nights$772-69%50$154$18,8264The Orchard
62Swept Away (1974)$732-41%10$732$3,8133Kino Lorber
63My Life As A Zucchini$661-50%60$110$308,10810GKIDS
64Alive and Kicking$601-91%3-4$200$39,4824Magnolia Pictures
65Journey to the South Pacific$443--1--$443$7,231,235179IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
66Keep Quiet$427--1--$427$50,45111Kino Lorber
67Deep Sea 3D$300--3--$100$46,244,591583Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Donald Cried$152-77%1-6$152$60,9539The Orchard
69The Student$510%10$51$1382Under The Milky Way
70The Levelling$38-51%10$38$2,9206Monterey Media
71Emily (2017)$24-31%10$24$3,54714Hibernation