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. 21 - Sun, Jul. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Dunkirk$50,513,488--3,720--$13,579$50,513,4881Warner Bros.
2Girls Trip$31,201,920--2,591--$12,042$31,201,9201Universal
3Spider-Man: Homecoming$22,150,085-50%4,130-218$5,363$251,851,6663Sony / Columbia
4War for the Planet of the Apes$20,884,223-63%4,10078$5,094$98,235,1372Fox
5Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$17,007,624--3,553--$4,787$17,007,6241EuropaCorp/STXfilms
6Despicable Me 3$13,012,050-33%3,525-630$3,691$213,620,2754Universal
7Baby Driver$6,070,912-30%2,503-540$2,425$84,304,8514Sony / TriStar
8The Big Sick$5,008,143-34%2,5970$1,928$24,547,5215Lionsgate
9Wonder Woman$4,608,028-32%1,971-773$2,338$389,011,3078Warner Bros.
10Wish Upon$2,475,013-55%2,154-96$1,149$10,519,2782Broad Green Pictures
11Cars 3$1,918,697-38%1,294-755$1,483$144,013,2626Disney
12Transformers: The Last Knight$1,169,678-59%1,025-1298$1,141$127,606,4835Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Captain Underpants$461,11439%29114$1,585$71,865,3518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
247 Meters Down$447,820-61%449-583$997$42,272,2756Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
3The House (2017)$430,021-75%453-1180$949$24,456,2694Warner Bros. / New Line
4Maudie$391,06459%233134$1,678$4,065,7316Sony Pictures Classics
5Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$364,450-28%268-131$1,360$387,259,95212Disney
6The Beguiled$257,555-72%331-395$778$10,160,9895Focus Features
7Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$247,547-50%229-219$1,081$170,617,7479Disney
8The Mummy$217,260-40%214-187$1,015$79,401,0657Universal
9The Little Hours$170,496-42%1149$1,496$979,6034Gunpowder & Sky
10The Hero$141,292-56%195-120$725$3,701,0937The Orchard
11The Boss Baby$137,293-2%163-7$842$174,456,97917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Jagga Jasoos$118,425-76%107-103$1,107$789,6532UTV Communications
13Beatriz at Dinner$115,839-49%116-89$999$6,707,6827Roadside Attractions
15Alien: Covenant$67,502-16%103-1$655$74,084,35310Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Ghost Story$137,3841%4323$3,195$476,4243A24
2Lady Macbeth$125,36694%4035$3,134$221,6462Roadside Attractions
3Munna Michael$64,949--75--$866$64,9491Eros Entertainment
4Lost in Paris$58,346-27%433$1,357$239,0226Oscilloscope Laboratories
5Paris Can Wait$56,919-62%66-111$862$5,451,70511Sony Pictures Classics
6Landline$52,555--4--$13,139$52,5551Magnolia Pictures
7Endless Poetry$48,03468%1412$3,431$84,9682abkco Films
8Megan Leavey$42,621-59%87-75$490$12,819,0367Bleeker Street
9Everything, Everything$41,733-45%90-41$464$34,091,88610Warner Bros.
10The Women's Balcony$34,475-29%242$1,436$978,24721Menemsha Films
11All Eyez On Me$30,038-79%62-133$484$44,824,9986Lionsgate / Summit
12Rough Night$24,168-74%63-60$384$21,865,4916Sony
13The Midwife$21,341--3--$7,114$21,3411Music Box Films
14City of Ghosts$20,981-10%187$1,166$75,8663IFC Films / Amazon
15The Exception$19,861-68%28-16$709$651,9038A24
16Gifted$17,246-21%26-9$663$24,734,94916Fox Searchlight
17It Comes At Night$16,980-41%33-24$515$13,815,8747A24
18The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography$16,636-10%2510$665$94,9554Neon
19The Journey$16,35815%13-13$1,258$135,6376IFC Films
20Smurfs: The Lost Village$15,930-34%38-11$419$44,986,23416Sony / Columbia
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$14,615-33%47-21$311$20,678,2501020th Century Fox
22Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge$14,118-4%112$1,283$95,4304Society Films
23Journey to the South Pacific$13,10414%30$4,368$7,401,725191IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
24Love, Kennedy$12,391-38%152$826$305,7248Purdie Distribution
25My Cousin Rachel$12,12216%21-1$577$2,695,0827Fox Searchlight
26Letters from Baghdad$11,950-41%13-6$919$277,7088Vitagraph Films
2713 Minutes$11,55514%1910$608$74,1114Sony Pictures Classics
29Under the Sea 3D$7,29021%50$1,458$35,526,932441Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Moka$6,225-42%10-8$623$101,6266Film Movement
31Slack Bay$6,164294%42$1,541$68,32314Kino Lorber Films
32Born to Be Wild 3D$5,78245%70$826$25,473,393329Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The Fencer$5,572--2--$2,786$5,5721CFI Releasing
34Pop Aye$4,082-21%4-1$1,021$39,8084Kino Lorber
35Dawson City: Frozen Time$4,0295%4-1$1,007$82,8987Kino Lorber Films
36Churchill$3,684-64%7-6$526$1,255,0148Cohen Media Group
37The Wedding Plan$3,669-8%7-2$524$1,405,03911Roadside Attractions
38False Confessions$3,269-56%31$1,090$19,6692Big World Pictures
39Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$2,93231%3-1$977$139,5589Abramorama
40Our Time Will Come$2,840-86%3-13$947$111,5843China Lion
41Il Boom$2,741--2--$1,371$39,1976Rialto Pictures
42The Untamed$2,718--1--$2,718$2,7181Strand Releasing
43Band Aid$2,663142%105$266$242,4018IFC Films
44The Pulitzer at 100$2,577--1--$2,577$2,5771First Run Features
45The Girl Without Hands$2,523--1--$2,523$2,5231GKIDS
46La Chinoise (2017 re-issue)$2,340--1--$2,340$2,3401Kino Lorber
47I Am The Blues$2,321-55%51$464$10,3422Film Movement
49L'Important C'est D'Aimer (2017 re-release)$2,073-61%10$2,073$11,3552Rialto Pictures
50Obit.$1,82145%2-2$911$308,58613Kino Lorber
52The Bad Batch$1,525-3%3-2$508$180,8515Neon
53Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$1,485-14%20$743$390,46015Abramorama
54Hidden Figures$1,340-73%5-12$268$169,373,98331Fox
55Amnesia$1,202--1--$1,202$1,2021Film Movement
56KEDi$1,111-74%50$222$2,792,24324Oscilloscope Laboratories
57Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$1,019-30%20$510$108,45110PBS Distribution
58The Ornithologist$944-70%2-3$472$42,9555Strand Releasing
59Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$890-77%8-8$111$3,813,24515Sony Pictures Classics
60The Wrong Light$868-84%10$868$7,5532Cinema Guild
61Food Evolution$798--1--$798$15,3105Abramorama
62Hubble 3D$591-51%2-3$296$51,862,344384Warner Bros. / IMAX
63My Journey Through French Cinema$551-82%30$184$46,4365Cohen Media Group
64Harmonium$543-19%30$181$15,5926Film Movement
65Santoalla$489--1--$489$1,2061Oscilloscope Laboratories
66Hare Krishna!$458-93%2-2$229$61,2706Abramorama
67Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$446--1--$446$42,67011Rialto Pictures
68Le Trou$384-78%10$384$24,5464Rialto Pictures
69Hermia & Helena$332-81%30$111$38,9139Kino Lorber
70Panique (2017 Restoration)$287--2--$144$42,72927Rialto Pictures
71Like Crazy$227103%10$227$106,77412Strand Releasing
72A Woman's Life$86-24%20$43$37,29812Kino Lorber Films