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. 30 - Sun, Jul. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Despicable Me 3$72,434,025--4,529--$15,993$72,434,0251Universal
2Baby Driver$20,553,320--3,226--$6,371$29,582,4251Sony / TriStar
3Transformers: The Last Knight$16,880,555-62%4,13263$4,085$101,983,9062Paramount
4Wonder Woman$15,706,011-37%3,404-529$4,614$346,235,4865Warner Bros.
5Cars 3$9,689,279-60%3,576-680$2,710$120,879,3783Disney
6The House (2017)$9,132,450--3,134--$2,914$9,132,4501Warner Bros. / New Line
747 Meters Down$4,517,143-36%2,250-221$2,008$32,426,5973Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8The Mummy$3,013,395-50%1,760-1220$1,712$74,730,2354Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$2,525,546-53%1,674-779$1,509$165,581,1336Disney
10All Eyez On Me$1,824,631-69%1,258-1213$1,450$42,677,0943Lionsgate / Summit
11Rough Night$1,275,124-73%1,657-1505$770$20,340,7713Sony
12Captain Underpants$1,114,612-74%1,452-876$768$69,260,4055Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Beguiled$3,163,4721280%674670$4,694$3,482,9202Focus Features
2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$1,539,519-49%966-502$1,594$383,383,4949Disney
3Beatriz at Dinner$1,057,021-40%683192$1,548$4,711,5054Roadside Attractions
4The Hero$839,239182%401320$2,093$1,520,5864The Orchard
5Megan Leavey$484,110-60%433-538$1,118$11,807,2374Bleeker Street
6The Book Of Henry$270,145-72%363-283$744$3,870,0523Focus Features
7Paris Can Wait$263,580-54%214-194$1,232$4,704,3748Sony Pictures Classics
9The Boss Baby$220,587-33%215-26$1,026$173,531,39214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Alien: Covenant$172,131-50%213-81$808$73,653,4397Fox
11The Fate of the Furious$159,82510%144-15$1,110$225,450,69512Universal
12It Comes At Night$150,698-81%174-645$866$13,536,2284A24
13King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$120,18534%17239$699$38,851,5188Warner Bros.
14Beauty and the Beast$77,493-48%156-35$497$503,860,03516Disney
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$68,212-35%135-25$505$20,478,702720th Century Fox
17Smurfs: The Lost Village$47,561-34%103-18$462$44,820,94113Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Big Sick$1,651,958292%7166$23,267$2,208,4482Lionsgate
2Maudie$102,71416%23-5$4,466$2,934,9743Sony Pictures Classics
3The Exception$89,848-30%480$1,872$380,9985A24
4The Women's Balcony$66,223-29%28-6$2,365$740,92918Menemsha Films
5My Cousin Rachel$55,216-72%61-102$905$2,585,0374Fox Searchlight
6Reset (Ni Shi Ying Jiu)$54,276--20--$2,714$54,2761Well Go USA
7Gifted$41,403-25%56-20$739$24,600,75013Fox Searchlight
8Everything, Everything$40,326-74%88-89$458$33,718,2527Warner Bros.
9Going in Style$37,445-44%77-46$486$44,944,38013Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Lost City of Z$26,639158%5040$533$8,512,89612Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
11The Bad Batch$25,344-72%4616$551$144,4182Neon
12Letters from Baghdad$24,494-24%213$1,166$176,4145Vitagraph Films
13Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge$18,212--6--$3,035$18,2121Society Films
14Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$15,343-21%70$2,192$362,48012Abramorama
15Moka$14,6954%3-4$4,898$49,7203Film Movement
16Band Aid$14,073-65%23-12$612$213,8535IFC Films
17The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography$12,035--3--$4,012$12,0351Neon
1813 Minutes$11,750--3--$3,917$11,7501Sony Pictures Classics
19Born in China$11,395-63%43-22$265$13,861,55411Disneynature
20Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$8,961-39%339$272$3,781,89312Sony Pictures Classics
21Journey to the South Pacific$8,286-21%1-1$8,286$7,333,180188IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
22The Wedding Plan$8,172-71%18-16$454$1,372,1928Roadside Attractions
23Your Name.$7,505-20%90$834$5,000,18113FUNimation Entertainment
24The Journey$7,477-48%16-1$467$65,9243IFC Films
25Love, Kennedy$7,411-33%7-3$1,059$224,9545Purdie Distribution
26The Ornithologist$7,36520%53$1,473$18,0122Strand Releasing
27Le Trou$6,756--1--$6,756$8,9501Rialto Pictures
28Dawson City: Frozen Time$6,656-36%60$1,109$59,2664Kino Lorber Films
29I, Daniel Blake$5,551-71%16-20$347$245,2695IFC Films
30The Lovers$5,480-21%10-5$548$2,179,1919A24
32Under the Sea 3D$5,01616%4-3$1,254$35,475,308438Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Obit.$4,637-44%100$464$295,30910Kino Lorber
34A Quiet Passion$4,242-80%7-27$606$1,855,66612Music Box Films
35Il Boom$3,744-42%10$3,744$29,0063Rialto Pictures
36Hidden Figures$3,720117%2116$177$169,350,49228Fox
37In Pursuit of Silence$3,624-30%10$3,624$10,5692Cinema Guild
38Pop Aye$3,598--1--$3,598$12,3001Kino Lorber
41Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$3,001-76%3-4$1,000$100,5217PBS Distribution
42All the Rage: Saved by Sarno$2,910-70%10$2,910$15,9262The Film Collaborative
43Born to Be Wild 3D$2,678-41%6-8$446$25,435,774326Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$2,60717%4-1$652$310,01711IFC Films
45Food Evolution$2,341-18%21$1,171$6,6542Abramorama
46Wakefield$1,885-87%6-11$314$251,8687IFC Films
47Like Crazy$1,82332%52$365$104,3839Strand Releasing
49Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$1,428-78%2-3$714$129,0376Abramorama
50The Death of Louis XIV$1,417--1--$1,417$41,93814Cinema Guild
51Radio Dreams$1,40550%51$281$20,3667Matson Films
52Hare Krishna!$1,350-83%20$675$43,7693Abramorama
53Slack Bay$1,28229%3-3$427$57,77311Kino Lorber Films
54Starless Dreams$1,161--1--$1,161$5,93724Cinema Guild
55Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$1,132--1--$1,132$202,27914Arrow Films
56The Skyjacker's Tale$1,097--1--$1,097$1,0971Strand Releasing
58Harmonium$665-77%1-2$665$10,2673Film Movement
59Hermia & Helena$558--2--$279$35,3716Kino Lorber
60Afterimage$496147%10$496$30,5897Film Movement
61Buster's Mal Heart$44472%10$444$72,08210Well Go USA
622:22$294--1--$294$2941Magnolia Pictures
63Glory$2523%10$252$17,94512Film Movement
64Scum$175-66%10$175$3,9363Kino Lorber
65Soul on a String$74--1--$74$3,6297Film Movement
66Champion$64-98%1-3$64$174,9787ArtAffects Entertainment
67Hubble 3D$30--2--$15$51,855,457381Warner Bros. / IMAX