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. 16 - Sun, Jun. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Cars 3$53,688,680--4,256--$12,615$53,688,6801Disney
2Wonder Woman$41,268,850-29%4,018-147$10,271$275,095,5803Warner Bros.
3All Eyez On Me$26,435,354--2,471--$10,698$26,435,3541Lionsgate / Summit
4The Mummy$14,510,960-54%4,034-1$3,597$57,121,6602Universal
547 Meters Down$11,205,562--2,270--$4,936$11,205,5621Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
6Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$8,964,039-16%2,759-920$3,249$150,572,1534Disney
7Rough Night$8,004,283--3,162--$2,531$8,004,2831Sony
8Captain Underpants$7,181,541-41%2,968-561$2,420$57,795,2013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$5,071,732-20%1,813-1098$2,797$374,942,7477Disney
10It Comes At Night$2,601,467-57%2,450-83$1,062$11,124,6312A24
11Megan Leavey$2,541,644-33%1,832-124$1,387$8,378,5022Bleeker Street

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Book Of Henry$1,424,540--579--$2,460$1,424,5401Focus Features
2Paris Can Wait$713,93164%447271$1,597$3,195,7936Sony Pictures Classics
3Alien: Covenant$568,149-69%400-1414$1,420$72,754,1345Fox
4My Cousin Rachel$530,977-45%5318$1,000$1,975,1402Fox Searchlight
5Everything, Everything$356,241-78%403-1143$884$33,151,2095Warner Bros.
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$330,813-50%255-642$1,297$20,087,808520th Century Fox
7The Boss Baby$323,442-37%260-172$1,244$172,492,98512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Beauty and the Beast$275,792-27%242-74$1,140$503,368,80614Disney
9The Fate of the Furious$209,005-53%189-200$1,106$224,934,88010Universal
11How to Be A Latin Lover$106,732-14%119-6$897$32,088,0298Lionsgate / Pantelion
12King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$103,171-77%158-264$653$38,534,6456Warner Bros.
13Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life (Fathom)$98,088--293--$335$693,9842
14Smurfs: The Lost Village$94,726-40%163-50$581$44,548,14211Sony / Columbia
15Going in Style$91,413-53%166-69$551$44,749,45711Warner Bros. / New Line
16Gifted$71,026-36%100-62$710$24,421,97311Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

1Beatriz at Dinner$702,073395%7772$9,118$906,1012Roadside Attractions
2The Hero$136,584201%2723$5,059$196,4772The Orchard
3Lowriders$98,600-28%40-67$2,465$6,155,6506BH Tilt
4Churchill$85,393-57%60-127$1,423$993,0173Cohen Media Group
5The Women's Balcony$82,23467%2712$3,046$500,13016Menemsha Films
6Maudie$69,085--24--$2,879$2,656,1811Sony Pictures Classics
7Dean$62,12549%8351$748$206,8593CBS Films
8The Wedding Plan$50,912-53%54-51$943$1,294,5486Roadside Attractions
9The Exception$43,702315%1412$3,122$93,6843A24
103 Idiotas$42,739-82%46-303$929$1,204,2243Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Warriors of the Dawn$41,959--32--$1,311$41,9591Fox International Pictures
12Band Aid$37,64034%2614$1,448$120,2283IFC Films
13Past Life$33,38637%232$1,452$93,0483Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
14The Journey$32,895--2--$16,448$32,8951IFC Films
15I, Daniel Blake$31,703-25%435$737$191,6573IFC Films
16Letters from Baghdad$31,67994%1713$1,863$86,5133Vitagraph Films
17Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$31,641-69%45-115$703$3,734,49810Sony Pictures Classics
18A Quiet Passion$25,608-51%37-39$692$1,793,13210Music Box Films
19Hare Krishna!$22,310--1--$22,310$22,3101Abramorama
20Born in China$17,363-11%27-5$643$13,785,8989Disneynature
21Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$16,1088%82$2,014$109,4744Abramorama
22Dawson City: Frozen Time$15,922179%43$3,981$25,8162Kino Lorber Films
23Wakefield$15,169-23%19-9$798$221,0535IFC Films
24Their Finest$14,550-52%30-19$485$3,595,84111EuropaCorp/STXfilms
25Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$14,26815%72$2,038$69,7355PBS Distribution
26Love, Kennedy$13,911-49%10-9$1,391$167,6613Purdie Distribution
27The Lost City of Z$13,761-50%13-108$1,059$8,461,74210Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
28KEDi$11,88734%121$991$2,727,17519Oscilloscope Laboratories
29Champion$10,9111118%61$1,819$166,2605ArtAffects Entertainment
31Your Name.$9,886-1%8-4$1,236$4,969,79411FUNimation Entertainment
32Jasmine$8,358--3--$2,786$8,3581Indican Pictures
33The Recall$8,302821%3127$268$19,5663Freestyle Releasing
34The Lovers$8,166-87%35-92$233$2,148,7217A24
35Il Boom$8,164--1--$8,164$8,1641Rialto Pictures
36Moka$7,660--1--$7,660$10,0941Film Movement
37Obit.$7,447-31%11-3$677$272,8278Kino Lorber
38The Case For Christ$6,888-65%18-33$383$14,666,93711Pure Flix
41Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe$6,282--2--$3,141$71,7536First Run Features
42Journey to the South Pacific$5,957-18%1-1$5,957$7,300,964186IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
43Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$5,81013%14-5$415$220,9119The Orchard
44Lost in Paris$4,510--1--$4,510$4,5101Oscilloscope Laboratories
45Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$3,83950%7-1$548$303,73710Abramorama
47Harmonium$3,453--1--$3,453$3,4531Film Movement
48God of War$2,831-49%1-4$2,831$49,9783Well Go USA
49Under the Sea 3D$2,734-33%8-2$342$35,457,892436Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Slack Bay$2,731184%53$546$52,0779Kino Lorber Films
51Born to Be Wild 3D$2,698-8%100$270$25,415,480324Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$2,051-59%2-4$1,026$194,22012Arrow Films
53Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$1,994-44%3-4$665$298,0059IFC Films
54David Lynch: The Art Life$1,976-18%2-1$988$169,51712Janus
55Scum$1,948--1--$1,948$1,9481Kino Lorber
57The Death of Louis XIV$1,84153%2-1$921$38,93312Cinema Guild
58One Week and a Day$1,720--3--$573$40,1378Oscilloscope
59Cezanne and I$1,696-5%20$848$252,18912Magnolia Pictures
60Like Crazy$1,627-71%4-5$407$99,2627Strand Releasing
61Hidden Figures$1,57262%50$314$169,342,14626Fox
62Radio Dreams$1,509-74%4-1$377$17,2245Matson Films
63Maurice (2017 re-release)$1,1344%10$1,134$37,4245Cohen Media Group
64Beautiful Accident$1,020-83%1-5$1,020$51,7663China Lion Film Distribution
65The Transfiguration$9491200%32$316$20,58711Strand Releasing
66Night School (2017)$915-42%21$458$3,6242Oscilloscope Laboratories
67Alive and Kicking$909-90%2-5$455$67,59111Magnolia Pictures
68Afterimage$807329%21$404$29,4495Film Movement
69Hermia & Helena$725-76%1-3$725$34,2504Kino Lorber
71A Woman's Life$634--1--$634$34,6177Kino Lorber Films
72Buster Mal's Heart$526--1--$526$71,1678Well Go USA
73Deep Sea 3D$480--1--$480$46,257,750590Warner Bros. / IMAX
74Frantz$355-70%1-3$355$880,47414Music Box Films
75I Love You Both$346-89%2-5$173$4,3812Magnolia Pictures
76Soul on a String$269-57%1-1$269$3,5555Film Movement
77The Wall$250-88%2-5$125$1,803,0096Roadside Attractions
78After the Storm$150-18%1-1$150$260,46114Film Movement
79The Commune$76-97%1-2$76$37,9825Magnolia Pictures