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. 23 - Sun, Jun. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Transformers: The Last Knight$44,680,073--4,069--$10,981$68,475,5621Paramount
2Wonder Woman$24,906,310-40%3,933-85$6,333$318,111,4684Warner Bros.
3Cars 3$24,074,497-55%4,2560$5,657$98,782,3902Disney
447 Meters Down$7,088,262-37%2,471201$2,869$23,914,1942Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
5The Mummy$6,060,495-58%2,980-1054$2,034$68,744,1653Universal
6All Eyez On Me$5,806,975-78%2,4710$2,350$38,599,2942Lionsgate / Summit
7Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$5,396,243-40%2,453-306$2,200$160,161,5695Disney
8Rough Night$4,703,261-41%3,1620$1,487$16,638,2082Sony
9Captain Underpants$4,284,115-40%2,328-640$1,840$65,747,2914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$3,023,042-40%1,468-345$2,059$380,236,3698Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Beatriz at Dinner$1,759,977151%491414$3,584$2,953,7573Roadside Attractions
2Megan Leavey$1,215,754-52%971-861$1,252$10,739,9273Bleeker Street
3The Book Of Henry$948,369-33%64667$1,468$3,105,7242Focus Features
4Tubelight$930,058--338--$2,752$930,0581Yash Raj Films
5It Comes At Night$800,324-69%819-1631$977$13,043,4923A24
7Paris Can Wait$572,743-20%408-39$1,404$4,153,0907Sony Pictures Classics
8Alien: Covenant$341,308-40%294-106$1,161$73,334,7696Fox
9The Boss Baby$330,7912%241-19$1,373$173,080,16313Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10My Cousin Rachel$197,925-63%163-368$1,214$2,428,6003Fox Searchlight
11Everything, Everything$153,466-57%177-226$867$33,580,8026Warner Bros.
12Beauty and the Beast$148,633-46%191-51$778$503,685,06215Disney
13The Fate of the Furious$144,975-31%159-30$912$225,197,85511Universal
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$105,737-68%160-95$661$20,324,651620th Century Fox
16King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$89,404-13%133-25$672$38,678,1217Warner Bros.
17Smurfs: The Lost Village$72,329-24%121-42$598$44,708,27312Sony / Columbia
18Going in Style$66,406-27%123-43$540$44,868,93512Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Big Sick$421,577--5--$84,315$421,5771Lionsgate
2The Hero$297,927118%8154$3,678$555,8913The Orchard
3The Beguiled$229,292--4--$57,323$229,2921Focus Features
4The Exception$128,097193%4834$2,669$240,4314A24
5The Women's Balcony$93,25013%347$2,743$631,52117Menemsha Films
6The Bad Batch$89,111--30--$2,970$89,1111Neon
7Maudie$88,75428%284$3,170$2,787,7612Sony Pictures Classics
8Churchill$70,581-17%55-5$1,283$1,107,9374Cohen Media Group
9Gifted$55,263-22%76-24$727$24,523,96912Fox Searchlight
10Band Aid$40,4888%359$1,157$181,1924IFC Films
11Letters from Baghdad$32,2862%181$1,794$135,3034Vitagraph Films
12Born in China$30,98078%6538$477$13,830,23710Disneynature
13The Wedding Plan$28,350-44%34-20$834$1,348,9467Roadside Attractions
14A Quiet Passion$21,564-16%34-3$634$1,836,94211Music Box Films
153 Idiotas$20,276-53%42-4$483$1,239,3074Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$19,533409%70$2,790$323,39011Abramorama
17I, Daniel Blake$19,359-39%36-7$538$228,6534IFC Films
18Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$14,654-54%24-21$611$3,765,57311Sony Pictures Classics
19The Journey$14,306-57%1715$842$50,5312IFC Films
20Wakefield$14,289-6%17-2$841$242,9356IFC Films
21Moka$14,18985%76$2,027$28,2312Film Movement
22Warriors of the Dawn$13,522-68%12-20$1,127$75,2522Fox International Pictures
24Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$12,643-11%70$1,806$93,1706PBS Distribution
25Dean$11,813-81%28-55$422$248,8494CBS Films
26Love, Kennedy$11,072-20%100$1,107$198,1364Purdie Distribution
27My Journey Through French Cinema$10,636--3--$3,545$10,6361Cohen Media Group
28Journey to the South Pacific$10,53977%21$5,270$7,317,163187IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
29Dawson City: Frozen Time$10,470-34%62$1,745$45,9573Kino Lorber Films
30The Lost City of Z$10,328-25%10-3$1,033$8,480,73511Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
31All the Rage: Saved by Sarno$9,765--1--$9,765$9,7651The Film Collaborative
32Your Name.$9,404-5%91$1,045$4,985,98512FUNimation Entertainment
33Obit.$8,33412%10-1$833$285,0729Kino Lorber
35Hare Krishna!$7,812-65%21$3,906$36,8642Abramorama
36The Lovers$6,975-15%15-20$465$2,165,6718A24
37The Case For Christ$6,579-4%12-6$548$14,678,71412Pure Flix
38Il Boom$6,466-21%10$6,466$21,0582Rialto Pictures
39Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$6,446-60%5-3$1,289$122,7585Abramorama
40The Ornithologist$6,132--2--$3,066$6,1321Strand Releasing
42A Beginner's Guide to Snuff$5,204--3--$1,735$5,2041Indican Pictures
43In Pursuit of Silence$5,141--1--$5,141$5,1411Cinema Guild
44Born to Be Wild 3D$4,52168%144$323$25,428,500325Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Under the Sea 3D$4,32358%7-1$618$35,469,788437Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Champion$3,806-65%4-2$952$173,7786ArtAffects Entertainment
47Lost in Paris$3,092-31%10$3,092$9,6442Oscilloscope Laboratories
48Harmonium$2,881-17%32$960$8,1092Film Movement
49Food Evolution$2,851--1--$2,851$2,8511Abramorama
50Maurice (2017 re-release)$2,606130%32$869$40,6816Cohen Media Group
51After the Storm$2,5991633%21$1,300$263,78015Film Movement
52Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$2,22712%52$445$305,04810IFC Films
53Jasmine$2,204-74%30$735$12,6082Indican Pictures
54Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe$2,074-67%20$1,037$76,6467First Run Features
55Hidden Figures$1,7179%50$343$169,345,65627Fox
56Like Crazy$1,379-15%3-1$460$101,6758Strand Releasing
57God of War$1,290-54%10$1,290$52,6594Well Go USA
58Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$1,159-80%5-9$232$227,12210The Orchard
59Slack Bay$997-63%61$166$55,95110Kino Lorber Films
60KEDi$995-92%10-2$100$2,745,18420Oscilloscope Laboratories
61Radio Dreams$937-38%40$234$18,6426Matson Films
627 Witches$841--2--$421$31,10010Indican Pictures
63Night School (2017)$622-32%1-1$622$4,3513Oscilloscope Laboratories
64Scum$518-73%10$518$3,5412Kino Lorber
65A Woman's Life$483-24%10$483$36,0878Kino Lorber Films
68Panique (2017 Restoration)$371--1--$371$41,94023Rialto Pictures
69One Week and a Day$276-84%2-1$138$41,5289Oscilloscope
70Cezanne and I$266-84%20$133$257,10913Magnolia Pictures
71Buster's Mal Heart$258--1--$258$71,4659Well Go USA
72Glory$244--1--$244$17,50311Film Movement
73The Commune$237212%21$119$38,2656Magnolia Pictures
74Afterimage$201-75%1-1$201$30,0936Film Movement
75The Woman Who Left$122--1--$122$3,9066Kino Lorber Films
76I Love You Both$94-73%20$47$4,6053Magnolia Pictures