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. 19 - Sun, May. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Alien: Covenant$36,160,621--3,761--$9,615$36,160,6211Fox
2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$34,653,754-47%4,3470$7,972$301,391,2283Disney
3Everything, Everything$11,727,390--2,801--$4,187$11,727,3901Warner Bros.
5King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$7,152,269-53%3,7020$1,932$27,503,4902Warner Bros.
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$7,126,084--3,157--$2,257$7,126,084120th Century Fox
7The Fate of the Furious$3,234,040-40%2,287-780$1,414$219,944,3406Universal
8The Boss Baby$2,848,253-37%2,071-840$1,375$166,200,8038Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Beauty and the Beast$2,545,579-47%1,792-380$1,421$497,924,62810Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Be A Latin Lover$2,051,180-47%948-175$2,164$29,309,9904Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Lowriders$1,183,600-51%36570$3,243$4,211,9852BH Tilt
3Gifted$766,765-50%824-602$931$22,900,8237Fox Searchlight
4Going in Style$600,081-44%690-554$870$43,372,8987Warner Bros. / New Line
5Smurfs: The Lost Village$572,562-50%652-953$878$43,064,5667Sony / Columbia
6Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$565,55448%373220$1,516$2,273,1406Sony Pictures Classics
7The Circle$451,218-75%647-1485$697$20,030,0024EuropaCorp/STXfilms
8Born in China$371,765-59%575-480$647$13,137,8125Disneynature
9The Wall$325,078-64%524-16$620$1,582,7982Roadside Attractions
10The Lovers$274,050119%10582$2,610$528,4953A24
11Get Out$245,135-38%262-143$936$174,939,84013Universal
12The Zookeeper's Wife$231,360-37%275-150$841$16,839,0768Focus Features
14Power Rangers$204,91694%22124$927$85,067,4869Lionsgate
15A Quiet Passion$202,731-5%13518$1,502$1,081,0066Music Box Films
16The Lost City of Z$202,564-60%217-280$933$8,010,4296Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
17Kong: Skull Island$201,305-30%238-108$846$167,051,30711Warner Bros.
18The LEGO Batman Movie$155,3394%202-18$769$175,329,83015Warner Bros.
19Their Finest$150,709-50%155-103$972$3,178,7637EuropaCorp/STXfilms
20The Case For Christ$91,103-52%138-128$660$14,450,5407Pure Flix
21Sleight$84,100-72%113-251$744$3,847,2904High Top Releasing
22Unforgettable$81,680-56%176-127$464$11,274,4905Warner Bros.
24Chuck$68,190-3%12081$568$204,7353IFC Films
25Ghost in the Shell$53,928-47%124-64$435$40,533,0148Paramount / DreamWorks
26Sarkar 3$25,031-85%1070$234$239,4022Eros Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1Paris Can Wait$188,36991%2319$8,190$318,9512Sony Pictures Classics
2The Wedding Plan$161,091409%5345$3,039$207,0752Roadside Attractions
3Champion$108,591--31--$3,503$108,5911ArtAffects Entertainment
4Hidden Figures$55,942-31%81-22$691$169,274,81322Fox
5Life (2017)$39,204-45%87-38$451$30,180,4669Sony / Columbia
6The Dinner$37,321-84%92-336$406$1,279,0093The Orchard
7Obit.$33,85169%2010$1,693$129,2994Kino Lorber
8CHiPs$33,384-43%41-64$814$18,591,8199Warner Bros.
9Your Name.$27,133-53%25-18$1,085$4,850,5707FUNimation Entertainment
10This Is Not What I Expected$26,478-53%12-17$2,207$306,7673Well Go USA
11Like Crazy$23,232489%139$1,787$37,5083Strand Releasing
13Battle of Memories$21,433-55%11-10$1,948$570,9924China Lion Film
14KEDi$17,154-2%19-3$903$2,625,03615Oscilloscope Laboratories
15Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$15,392-52%244$641$227,9635IFC Films
16Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$15,34812%3313$465$163,4315The Orchard
17Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$12,528--1--$12,528$12,5281PBS Distribution
19Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$11,941-48%10-6$1,194$222,6236Abramorama
20Phoenix Forgotten$11,913-77%13-42$916$3,581,3155Cinelou Films
21Wakefield$11,299--1--$11,299$11,2991IFC Films
22Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe$10,682-9%43$2,671$29,3352First Run Features
23T2: Trainspotting$10,234-44%22-10$465$2,395,41012Sony
24The Commune$9,249--7--$1,321$9,2491Magnolia Pictures
25The King's Case Note$7,332-63%4-3$1,833$78,7054CJ Entertainment
27Buster Mal's Heart$7,266--10--$727$62,3824Well Go USA
28The Belko Experiment$7,070-96%18-56$393$10,164,67510BH Tilt
29Maurice (2017 re-release)$6,972--1--$6,972$6,9721Cohen Media Group
31Afterimage$5,832--1--$5,832$5,8321Film Movement
32Tommy's Honour$5,774-26%13-2$444$561,9636Roadside Attractions
33Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$5,644-51%10$5,644$26,4662Rialto Pictures
34Icaros: A Vision$5,510--1--$5,510$5,5101Factory
35Bang! The Bert Berns Story$4,6601%2-2$2,330$31,7674Abramorama
36I am Not Your Negro$3,795-58%7-3$542$7,106,28516Magnolia Pictures
37Graduation$3,180-68%8-9$398$166,9537IFC Films / Sundance Selects
38Frantz$2,887-59%6-9$481$858,20810Music Box Films
39David Lynch: The Art Life$2,833-59%3-5$944$142,5698Janus
40Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$2,825-24%1-2$2,825$177,5178Arrow Films
41Radio Dreams$2,712--1--$2,712$2,7121Matson Films
42A Woman's Life$2,640-65%2-2$1,320$32,7143Kino Lorber Films
43The Woman Who Left$2,018--1--$2,018$2,0181Kino Lorber Films
44The Last Shaman$1,994-71%32$665$10,5382Abramorama Entertainment
45Cezanne and I$1,945-61%6-1$324$229,9298Magnolia Pictures
46Personal Shopper$1,904-46%5-1$381$1,293,25311IFC Films
47The Death of Louis XIV$1,6682%1-1$1,668$30,6188Cinema Guild
48The Red Turtle$1,597139%52$319$920,05718Sony Pictures Classics
49Burden (2017)$1,480-77%3-9$493$18,0013Magnolia Pictures
50Soul on a String$1,355--2--$678$1,3551Film Movement
51Land of Mine$1,266-35%2-1$633$434,64015Sony Pictures Classics
52The Mayor$1,211-70%1-1$1,211$96,2994Well Go USA
53My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea$921-76%6-12$154$68,3966GKIDS
54Alive and Kicking$900-87%3-5$300$51,0437Magnolia Pictures
55Song To Song$863-61%30$288$441,38110Broad Green Pictures
56The Last Word$839-61%4-10$210$1,782,66712Bleeker Street
57A United Kingdom$742-77%3-7$247$3,901,30215Fox Searchlight
58Glory$692-25%10$692$16,5986Film Movement
59Slack Bay$648-58%1-1$648$41,3445Kino Lorber Films
607 Witches$492-75%1-1$492$24,8295Indican Pictures
61Tomorrow$4861179%10$486$39,54011Under the Milky Way
62After the Storm$264-93%2-6$132$250,76810Film Movement
63The Transfiguration$182-84%20$91$18,7427Strand Releasing
64The Void$171--1--$171$150,3727Cartilage Films
65A Woman, A Part$57-54%1-1$57$23,3289Strand Releasing
66Mr. Chibbs$48--1--$48$8,2393Abramorama