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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Infinity War$257,698,183--4,474--$57,599$257,698,1831Disney
2A Quiet Place$11,004,977-47%3,565-243$3,087$148,528,2784Paramount
3I Feel Pretty$8,176,757-49%3,4400$2,377$29,620,3182STX Entertainment
4Rampage$7,205,315-64%3,508-607$2,054$78,030,8723Warner Bros
5Black Panther$4,736,428-4%1,650-280$2,871$688,364,91711Disney
6Super Troopers 2$3,729,287-75%2,12587$1,755$22,214,216220th Century Fox
7Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$3,268,145-58%2,420-648$1,350$35,374,1403Universal
9Ready Player One$2,563,325-65%2,365-843$1,084$130,811,5435Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
10Traffik$1,654,694-58%1,0460$1,582$6,786,9682Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
11Isle of Dogs$1,427,275-59%1,001-946$1,426$27,047,9986Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

1A Wrinkle in Time$981,85634%371-294$2,647$94,930,9028Walt Disney Pictures
2I Can Only Imagine$784,099-68%970-1024$808$81,090,6847Roadside Attractions
3Chappaquiddick$694,989-62%704-751$987$15,808,8314Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
4Sherlock Gnomes$673,943-52%731-728$922$40,637,9436Paramount / MGM
5Tyler Perry's Acrimony$640,477-67%540-608$1,186$42,223,0205Lionsgate
6You Were Never Really Here$350,105-32%23350$1,503$1,793,4804Amazon Studios
7The Miracle Season$290,939-74%430-692$677$9,441,5854LD Entertainment
8Beirut$271,252-73%237-518$1,145$4,542,1413Bleecker Street
9Lean on Pete$243,08838%16798$1,456$667,8184A24
10The Death of Stalin$226,049-31%150-60$1,507$7,218,5248IFC Films
11Peter Rabbit$205,918-27%229-115$899$114,560,61212Sony / Columbia
12Kings$163,289--215--$759$163,2891The Orchard
13Game Night$150,090-25%208-3$722$68,415,07110Warner Bros.
14Love, Simon$126,090-75%173-318$729$40,493,994720th Century Fox
15Finding Your Feet$119,921-33%124-67$967$1,154,2475Roadside Attractions
16Paul, Apostle of Christ$104,607-68%177-200$591$17,276,2536Sony Pictures Entertainment
17Pacific Rim Uprising$104,505-82%224-422$467$58,941,4656Universal
18The Leisure Seeker$104,438-38%117-66$893$2,889,3048Sony Pictures Classics
19Tomb Raider$100,085-64%162-141$618$56,896,6837Warner Bros.
20The Greatest Showman$96,186-35%146-23$659$173,675,69419Fox
21Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$91,875-84%130-1256$707$2,631,4103Fun Academy
22Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$86,451-33%140-35$618$404,259,31519Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Disobedience$237,393--5--$47,479$237,3931Bleecker Street
2The Rider$175,279146%3728$4,737$344,6133Sony Pictures Classics
3Pandas$112,282-14%330$3,402$801,4594Warner Bros.
4Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$45,01514%1910$2,369$186,3883Kino Lorber
5Let The Sunshine In$39,699--2--$19,850$39,6991IFC Films
6Final Portrait$37,999-48%69-31$551$375,1006Sony Pictures Classics
7A Bag Of Marbles$37,247-22%14-2$2,661$190,1016Gaumont
8Red Sparrow$35,355-49%75-55$471$46,719,454920th Century Fox
9Itzhak$35,32023%30-3$1,177$383,8058Greenwich Entertainment
101945$32,82338%163$2,051$604,58826Menemsha Films
11Midnight Sun$30,483-17%933$328$9,524,5286Open Road
12Zama$30,05945%149$2,147$105,5383Strand Releasing
13The Endless$28,459-40%203$1,423$131,7624Well Go USA Entertainment
14Ghost Stories$27,741132%1211$2,312$44,8372IFC Films / IFC Midnight
15Love After Love$26,275165%2919$906$90,9115IFC Films
16The Strangers: Prey At Night$25,892-62%62-28$418$24,370,2608Aviron Pictures
17God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$24,939-61%65-46$384$5,606,8495Pure Flix
18Death Wish$23,279-50%42-26$554$33,918,6159MGM
19Foxtrot$22,66341%326$708$565,4909Sony Pictures Classics
20Oh Lucy!$17,85343%183$992$329,9149Film Movement
21Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum$16,092-20%6-1$2,682$74,5213Well Go USA Entertainment
22Godard Mon Amour$14,67033%1713$863$31,8352Cohen Media Group
23Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$14,548-4%14-1$1,039$769,63523Zeitgeist
24Back to Burgundy$14,297-15%10-6$1,430$186,6536Music Box Films
26Borg vs. McEnroe$13,108-55%15-8$874$202,0333Neon
27Little Pink House$12,892-81%7-2$1,842$106,5382
28Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$10,433-57%6-19$1,739$1,024,26618Sony Pictures Classics
29A Fantastic Woman$9,384-63%13-15$722$1,995,22113Sony Pictures Classics
30The Party$8,790641%94$977$744,42811Roadside Attractions
31Bye Bye Germany$8,786462%64$1,464$19,8823Film Movement
32The Post$8,779-50%17-12$516$81,886,2031920th Century Fox
33Leaning Into The Wind$8,343-26%14-15$596$356,2478Magnolia Pictures
34Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$8,27428%10$8,274$19,4762Rialto Pictures
35Keep The Change$7,722-31%71$1,103$140,3437Kino Lorber
36Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$6,807-45%16-12$425$54,506,96229Fox Searchlight
37The House of Tomorrow$6,652--8--$832$6,6521Shout! Factory
38Maze Runner: The Death Cure$6,150-63%22-17$280$58,030,42914Fox
39Mrs. Hyde$5,943--1--$5,943$5,9431Cartilage Films
40Summer In The Forest$5,277--6--$880$31,6676Abramorama
41Loveless$5,13290%11-1$467$560,19411Sony Pictures Classics
42Cold Water$5,110--1--$5,110$5,1101Janus Films
43Jet Trash$4,914--2--$2,457$4,9141Indican Pictures
44Forever My Girl$4,654-50%12-10$388$16,371,98015Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
45The Great Silence$4,071--5--$814$32,5345Film Movement
46The Shape of Water$3,689-73%12-18$307$63,856,67422Fox Searchlight
47Sweet Country$3,388-61%4-5$847$66,8304Samuel Goldwyn Films
48Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free$3,230-36%21$1,615$9,6502Cinema Libre Studio
49This Is Our Land$3,17730%21$1,589$9,6932Distrib Films
50Duck Butter$2,797--2--$1,399$2,7971The Orchard
51Ismael's Ghosts$2,553-69%7-10$365$93,8806Magnolia Pictures
52Getting Grace$2,435--5--$487$181,6716Hannover House
53The Devil and Father Amorth$2,228-71%6-2$371$13,1172The Orchard
54Big Sonia$2,178-26%20$1,089$208,53924Argot Pictures
55American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs$1,986--1--$1,986$6,5669First Run Features
56Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$1,760-64%10$1,760$21,7713Rialto Pictures
57The Hurricane Heist$1,1489%50$230$6,112,1468Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
58Outside In$1,089-70%4-3$272$67,0185The Orchard
59The Heart of Nuba$1,040-71%21$520$9,9864Abramorama
60Claire's Camera$915-69%3-1$305$65,8388Cinema Guild
61Hitler's Hollywood$703-61%32$234$27,3933Kino Lorber
62Souvenir$612-22%1-1$612$11,0789Strand Releasing
63Beuys$561-60%10$561$60,70815Kino Lorber
64Western$447-60%2-1$224$36,12911Cinema Guild
65El Mar La Mar$387-46%10$387$8,42210Cinema Guild
66The Happys$3009%10$300$15,5287Indican Pictures
67Tehran Taboo$258169%21$129$74,61411Kino Lorber
68Hostiles$255-88%1-2$255$29,817,90119Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
69Marrowbone$237158%20$119$1,2183Magnolia Pictures
70Flower$164-68%21$82$327,3957The Orchard
71In Between$98104%10$98$107,59917Film Movement