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, Jul. 7 - Sun, Jul. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Spider-Man: Homecoming$117,027,503--4,348--$26,915$117,027,5031Sony / Columbia
2Despicable Me 3$33,580,425-54%4,5356$7,405$148,771,0852Universal
3Baby Driver$13,002,721-37%3,2260$4,031$57,135,7932Sony / TriStar
4Wonder Woman$9,822,105-37%3,091-313$3,178$368,473,2966Warner Bros.
5Transformers: The Last Knight$6,376,578-62%3,241-891$1,967$118,993,3383Paramount
6Cars 3$5,382,248-44%2,702-874$1,992$133,479,6604Disney
7The House (2017)$4,778,272-48%3,1340$1,525$18,593,9502Warner Bros. / New Line
847 Meters Down$2,714,173-40%1,741-509$1,559$38,407,9114Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$1,187,170-53%1,039-635$1,143$168,812,4677Disney
10The Mummy$1,185,925-61%1,045-715$1,135$77,996,1955Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Big Sick$3,576,646117%326255$10,971$6,846,9693Lionsgate
2The Beguiled$2,062,675-35%941267$2,192$7,412,0093Focus Features
3Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$860,020-44%660-306$1,303$385,560,02610Disney
4All Eyez On Me$606,390-67%599-659$1,012$44,316,4294Lionsgate / Summit
5The Hero$586,626-30%44746$1,312$2,745,6215The Orchard
6Beatriz at Dinner$520,126-51%419-264$1,241$5,981,4665Roadside Attractions
7Captain Underpants$332,106-70%407-1045$816$70,535,6466Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Rough Night$288,215-77%351-1306$821$21,506,5284Sony
9Megan Leavey$237,659-51%254-179$936$12,465,7805Bleeker Street
10The Boss Baby$191,128-13%195-20$980$173,913,07415Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Paris Can Wait$150,687-43%131-83$1,150$5,057,0729Sony Pictures Classics
13The Fate of the Furious$110,060-31%115-29$957$225,697,40013Universal
14Everything, Everything$100,353149%14153$712$33,852,4168Warner Bros.
15The Book Of Henry$97,617-64%154-209$634$4,219,5364Focus Features
16King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$90,011-25%155-17$581$39,037,0479Warner Bros.
17Alien: Covenant$85,793-50%132-81$650$73,842,9078Fox
18Beauty and the Beast$49,452-36%110-46$450$503,974,88417Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Little Hours$193,258--27--$7,158$281,5312Gunpowder & Sky
2Maudie$184,18879%5835$3,176$3,197,0024Sony Pictures Classics
3A Ghost Story$104,030--4--$26,008$104,0301A24
4The Exception$64,800-28%480$1,350$513,8626A24
5It Comes At Night$61,835-59%90-84$687$13,708,8835A24
6The Women's Balcony$52,133-21%24-4$2,172$850,03919Menemsha Films
7Our Time Will Come$50,619--18--$2,812$50,6191China Lion
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$34,826-49%91-44$383$20,576,565820th Century Fox
9Smurfs: The Lost Village$33,374-30%70-33$477$44,894,22814Sony / Columbia
10Gifted$29,349-29%43-13$683$24,661,99314Fox Searchlight
12Lost in Paris$27,162--8--$3,395$44,8284Oscilloscope Laboratories
13Going in Style$25,160-33%53-24$475$45,003,46314Warner Bros. / New Line
14Letters from Baghdad$22,721-7%17-4$1,337$221,7806Vitagraph Films
15My Cousin Rachel$21,654-61%37-24$585$2,650,2805Fox Searchlight
16The Lost City of Z$18,216-32%38-12$479$8,554,55413Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
17The Journey$16,373119%215$780$89,9394IFC Films
1813 Minutes$15,80635%96$1,756$36,0062Sony Pictures Classics
19Churchill$14,920--18--$829$1,220,0786Cohen Media Group
20Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge$13,798-24%4-2$3,450$49,8712Society Films
21City of Ghosts$13,601--2--$6,801$13,6011IFC Films / Amazon
22The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography$12,3603%85$1,545$33,0972Neon
23Moka$11,887-19%1411$849$72,6444Film Movement
24Reset (Ni Shi Ying Jiu)$10,142-81%7-13$1,449$98,5742Well Go USA
25Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$10,12913%30-3$338$3,798,50913Sony Pictures Classics
27The Wedding Plan$9,73719%12-6$811$1,391,0879Roadside Attractions
28Journey to the South Pacific$9,70917%10$9,709$7,354,607189IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
29The Bad Batch$9,534-62%25-21$381$169,7443Neon
30Pop Aye$8,276130%32$2,759$23,0702Kino Lorber
31The Ornithologist$7,5252%61$1,254$31,9613Strand Releasing
32My Journey Through French Cinema$6,693--4--$1,673$36,6233Cohen Media Group
33Love, Kennedy$6,590-11%6-1$1,098$244,3656Purdie Distribution
34Band Aid$6,522-54%14-9$466$231,6166IFC Films
35Hidden Figures$6,43673%18-3$358$169,359,67729Fox
36KEDi$5,798--7--$828$2,776,75022Oscilloscope Laboratories
37Hare Krishna!$5,775328%1-1$5,775$50,2504Abramorama
39Under the Sea 3D$5,0541%40$1,264$35,491,380439Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,91383%82$614$25,450,364327Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$4,290-72%2-5$2,145$381,25613Abramorama
42Dawson City: Frozen Time$4,264-36%4-2$1,066$68,7625Kino Lorber Films
43Swim Team$4,024--1--$4,024$4,0241Argot Pictures
44The Lovers$3,529-36%6-4$588$2,190,71010A24
45A Quiet Passion$3,089-27%3-4$1,030$1,864,26613Music Box Films
46Il Boom$2,394-36%10$2,394$34,5564Rialto Pictures
47Harmonium$2,363255%43$591$13,1744Film Movement
48Slack Bay$2,21573%2-1$1,108$60,31612Kino Lorber Films
49Le Trou$2,134-68%10$2,134$17,0962Rialto Pictures
50I, Daniel Blake$1,945-65%8-8$243$252,2826IFC Films
51Scum$1,284634%10$1,284$5,4054Kino Lorber
52Wakefield$1,002-47%3-3$334$255,4128IFC Films
55Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$888-38%20$444$131,5577Abramorama
56Food Evolution$848-64%20$424$8,3593Abramorama
57Radio Dreams$837-40%4-1$209$22,9308Matson Films
58The Death of Louis XIV$756-47%10$756$42,69415Cinema Guild
59In Pursuit of Silence$749-79%10$749$12,2623Cinema Guild
60After the Storm$658--1--$658$267,77317Film Movement
61Like Crazy$587-68%3-2$196$106,32110Strand Releasing
62Hubble 3D$5401700%1-1$540$51,856,500382Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Buster Mal's Heart$540--2--$270$72,62211Well Go USA
64Obit.$481-90%3-7$160$298,81411Kino Lorber
65Hermia & Helena$459-18%20$230$35,9497Kino Lorber
66Afterimage$449-9%10$449$31,7588Film Movement
67All the Rage: Saved by Sarno$403-86%10$403$18,4893The Film Collaborative
68A Woman, A Part$294--2--$147$36,83816Strand Releasing
69The Skyjacker's Tale$202-82%10$202$1,8982Strand Releasing
70Champion$7111%10$71$175,2328ArtAffects Entertainment
71The Transfiguration$8--1--$8$21,33314Strand Releasing