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, May. 12 - Sun, May. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$65,263,492-55%4,3470$15,013$248,420,9112Disney
3King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$15,371,270--3,702--$4,152$15,371,2701Warner Bros.
4The Fate of the Furious$5,400,845-37%3,067-528$1,761$215,134,7755Universal
5Beauty and the Beast$4,809,170-5%2,172-508$2,214$494,140,3349Disney
6The Boss Baby$4,496,614-25%2,911-373$1,545$162,275,8847Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7How to Be A Latin Lover$3,858,898-25%1,123-80$3,436$26,251,8993Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Circle$1,780,689-55%2,132-1031$835$18,943,2513EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9Gifted$1,541,684-24%1,426-448$1,081$21,605,7176Fox Searchlight
10Smurfs: The Lost Village$1,136,573-38%1,605-297$708$42,154,8376Sony / Columbia
11Going in Style$1,075,044-41%1,244-789$864$42,387,4516Warner Bros. / New Line
12Born in China$913,071-25%1,055-359$865$12,411,5544Disneynature

Limited (100 — 999)

1Lowriders$2,403,885--295--$8,149$2,403,8851BH Tilt
2Baahubali 2: The Conclusion$1,593,000-53%350-69$4,551$18,977,0723Great India Films
3The Wall$897,955--540--$1,663$897,9551Roadside Attractions
4The Lost City of Z$507,702-51%497-318$1,022$7,590,9295Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
5Get Out$397,330-44%405-413$981$174,539,70012Universal
6Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$382,742-14%15328$2,502$1,579,6185Sony Pictures Classics
7The Zookeeper's Wife$366,340-31%425-230$862$16,441,5717Focus Features
8Their Finest$304,210-26%258-65$1,179$2,916,4716EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9Sleight$296,130-61%364-227$814$3,638,7803High Top Releasing
10Kong: Skull Island$285,772-44%346-307$826$166,758,42210Warner Bros.
12The Dinner$234,553-64%428-77$548$1,141,0072The Orchard
13A Quiet Passion$212,42032%11733$1,816$779,3945Music Box Films
14The Case For Christ$188,712-51%266-319$709$14,269,3416Pure Flix
15Unforgettable$185,582-72%303-700$612$11,124,7914Warner Bros.
16Sarkar 3$164,364--107--$1,536$164,3641Eros Entertainment
17The LEGO Batman Movie$150,053-19%220-15$682$175,129,10514Warner Bros.
18The Shack$126,65057%20123$630$57,330,87311Lionsgate / Summit
20Power Rangers$105,828-53%197-315$537$84,834,4558Lionsgate
21Ghost in the Shell$101,475-12%188-23$540$40,424,9327Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Promise$85,575-69%110-221$778$8,186,2364Open Road
23Hidden Figures$81,49339%103-10$791$169,200,62421Fox
24Life (2017)$70,86812%125-7$567$30,105,3428Sony / Columbia
25CHiPs$58,550-8%105-41$558$18,544,9738Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Belko Experiment$186,740611%745$2,524$9,941,2159BH Tilt
2The Lovers$125,25689%2319$5,446$214,0782A24
3Paris Can Wait$98,850--4--$24,713$98,8501Sony Pictures Classics
4Chuck$70,655104%3935$1,812$113,0942IFC Films
5Your Name.$57,502-36%43-31$1,337$4,789,5776FUNimation Entertainment
6This Is Not What I Expected$56,734-58%29-7$1,956$252,0682Well Go USA
7Phoenix Forgotten$51,613-60%55-131$938$3,552,0194Cinelou Films
8Battle of Memories$47,385-51%21-19$2,256$525,4843China Lion Film
10Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$31,793-19%200$1,590$195,5104IFC Films
11The Wedding Plan$31,658--8--$3,957$31,6581Roadside Attractions
123 Generations$22,94727%3731$620$48,1832Weinstein Company
13Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$22,934-16%16-1$1,433$194,1245Abramorama
14Obit.$19,99630%107$2,000$85,0273Kino Lorber
15The King's Case Note$19,8123%71$2,830$61,4033CJ Entertainment
16T2: Trainspotting$18,408-20%32-13$575$2,372,49311Sony
17KEDi$17,582-21%22-8$799$2,601,22514Oscilloscope Laboratories
18Buster's Mal Heart$16,0535%188$892$46,7683Well Go USA
19Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$13,661-51%20-9$683$140,5674The Orchard
20One Week and a Day$12,181364%1512$812$25,9523Oscilloscope
21Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe$11,729--1--$11,729$11,7291First Run Features
22Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$11,462--1--$11,462$11,4621Rialto Pictures
23Graduation$9,795-38%17-9$576$157,9256IFC Films / Sundance Selects
26I am Not Your Negro$9,134-26%100$913$7,098,30815Magnolia Pictures
27Dead Awake$8,834--12--$736$8,8341FilmRise
28Tommy's Honour$7,823-58%15-20$522$552,0745Roadside Attractions
29A Woman's Life$7,445-35%42$1,861$24,5112Kino Lorber Films
30Frantz$6,980-37%15-8$465$851,0389Music Box Films
31David Lynch: The Art Life$6,898-54%80$862$132,3117Janus
32The Last Shaman$6,799--1--$6,799$6,7991Abramorama Entertainment
33Alive and Kicking$6,705572%83$838$48,5696Magnolia Pictures
34Burden (2017)$6,501101%1210$542$12,4462Magnolia Pictures
35Under the Sea 3D$6,07639%91$675$35,395,400431Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Cezanne and I$5,009-53%7-7$716$224,6477Magnolia Pictures
38Bang! The Bert Berns Story$4,617-12%42$1,154$24,2773Abramorama
39Journey to the South Pacific$4,587381%10$4,587$7,242,690181IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
40The Mayor$3,994-62%2-5$1,997$93,5833Well Go USA
41Like Crazy$3,943-32%42$986$12,7182Strand Releasing
42My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea$3,815-54%18-3$212$65,3865GKIDS
43Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$3,693142%31$1,231$173,2247Arrow Films
44After the Storm$3,62530%81$453$246,7309Film Movement
45Personal Shopper$3,536-40%6-1$589$1,285,77410IFC Films
46A United Kingdom$3,20517%10-1$321$3,896,03014Fox Searchlight
47Deep Sea 3D$2,683694%3-1$894$46,251,119585Warner Bros. / IMAX
48The Women's Balcony$2,409290%10$2,409$274,64211Menemsha Films
49Song To Song$2,234--3--$745$437,7649Broad Green Pictures
50The Last Word$2,145-56%14-14$153$1,779,62011Bleeker Street
51Land of Mine$1,941-33%3-7$647$432,58214Sony Pictures Classics
527 Witches$1,930-66%2-1$965$22,9474Indican Pictures
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,703-27%10-2$170$25,342,908319Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Death of Louis XIV$1,636-24%2-4$818$28,9507Cinema Guild
55Toni Erdmann$1,632-12%30$544$1,478,96021Sony Pictures Classics
56Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,62264%42$406$10,724,896163Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Slack Bay$1,547-14%20$774$39,9834Kino Lorber Films
58Hubble 3D$1,448412%20$724$51,836,335374Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Panique (2017 Restoration)$1,341-64%10$1,341$40,06117Rialto Pictures
60The Transfiguration$1,167502%20$584$18,5606Strand Releasing
61Glory$924546%10$924$11,9245Film Movement
62Swept Away (1974)$780122%10$780$4,9445Kino Lorber
63Seven Beauties (1975)$726-67%1-1$726$8,2455Kino Lorber
64The Red Turtle$668-67%3-3$223$918,13117Sony Pictures Classics
65To the Arctic 3D$565--1--$565$14,515,040265Warner Bros. / IMAX
66Free Fire$452-94%6-30$75$1,798,4834A24
67Donald Cried$276360%10$276$61,30911The Orchard
68A Woman, A Part$125-83%2-1$63$23,2068Strand Releasing
69All These Sleepless Nights$65-84%20$33$20,5556The Orchard
70Tomorrow$38-97%1-5$38$39,05410Under the Milky Way