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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Infinity War$114,774,810-55%4,4740$25,654$453,107,3502Disney
2Overboard$14,711,101--1,623--$9,064$14,711,1011Lionsgate / Pantelion
3A Quiet Place$7,763,085-29%3,413-152$2,275$160,057,4715Paramount
4I Feel Pretty$5,050,520-38%3,232-208$1,563$37,948,8033STX Entertainment
5Rampage$4,637,400-36%3,151-357$1,472$84,801,7104Warner Bros
6Tully$3,282,610--1,353--$2,426$3,282,6101Focus Features
7Black Panther$3,254,977-31%1,641-9$1,984$693,235,59212Disney
8Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$1,887,970-42%1,904-516$992$38,238,3304Universal
9Super Troopers 2$1,871,303-50%2,118-7$884$25,502,004320th Century Fox
11Bad Samaritan$1,726,868--2,007--$860$1,726,8681Electric Entertainment
12Ready Player One$1,330,043-48%1,405-960$947$133,074,5476Warner Bros. / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Isle of Dogs$806,625-43%702-299$1,149$28,469,6717Fox Searchlight
2Traffik$794,348-52%747-299$1,063$8,258,9083Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
3102 Not Out$483,681--102--$4,742$483,6811Sony Pictures Releasing International
4I Can Only Imagine$427,443-45%660-310$648$81,896,3108Roadside Attractions
5A Wrinkle in Time$410,517-58%294-77$1,396$95,496,0989Walt Disney Pictures
6Sherlock Gnomes$398,418-41%636-95$626$41,218,3067Paramount / MGM
7Tyler Perry's Acrimony$386,860-40%398-142$972$42,875,1516Lionsgate
8Chappaquiddick$355,982-49%516-188$690$16,523,3735Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9The Death of Stalin$175,101-23%20050$876$7,484,0219IFC Films
10The Miracle Season$171,101-41%330-100$518$9,722,7485LD Entertainment
11You Were Never Really Here$170,127-51%185-48$920$2,155,0775Amazon Studios
12Peter Rabbit$156,067-24%2323$673$114,781,41013Sony / Columbia
13Lean on Pete$130,184-46%18720$696$915,1235A24
14Tomb Raider$129,04129%18725$690$57,064,5528Warner Bros.
15Game Night$115,877-23%183-25$633$68,593,65411Warner Bros.
16Beirut$111,718-59%140-97$798$4,782,4254Bleecker Street
17Pacific Rim Uprising$82,175-21%161-63$510$59,066,9107Universal
18Love, Simon$76,214-40%139-34$548$40,624,830820th Century Fox
19Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$68,860-25%130-88$530$2,801,3974Fun Academy
20The Greatest Showman$68,595-29%123-23$558$173,789,10920Fox
21Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$68,090-21%118-22$577$404,353,89120Sony / Columbia
22Paul, Apostle of Christ$66,262-37%146-31$454$17,407,9317Sony Pictures Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1RBG$578,470--34--$17,014$578,4701Magnolia Pictures
2Disobedience$305,99129%3126$9,871$634,3642Bleecker Street
3The Rider$132,955-24%4710$2,829$558,2454Sony Pictures Classics
4Pandas$92,810-17%352$2,652$963,7975Warner Bros.
5Let The Sunshine In$64,12562%97$7,125$121,1412IFC Films
6The Leisure Seeker$47,924-54%76-41$631$3,009,6219Sony Pictures Classics
7Finding Your Feet$45,375-62%60-64$756$1,263,7226Roadside Attractions
8A Bag Of Marbles$33,223-11%151$2,215$241,1597Gaumont
9Little Pink House$25,53298%114$2,321$143,3173
10The Endless$25,358-11%19-1$1,335$173,3595Well Go USA Entertainment
11Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$25,251-44%289$902$242,5764Kino Lorber
12Ghost Stories$23,076-17%2412$962$86,0253IFC Films / IFC Midnight
13Death Wish$21,828-6%29-13$753$33,950,36510MGM
141945$21,402-35%193$1,126$639,99027Menemsha Films
15Final Portrait$19,548-49%40-29$489$417,8807Sony Pictures Classics
16Back to Burgundy$18,69931%144$1,336$211,3477Music Box Films
17The Strangers: Prey At Night$18,440-29%40-22$461$24,402,6919Aviron Pictures
18Red Sparrow$17,861-49%51-24$350$46,757,3681020th Century Fox
19Zama$17,357-42%162$1,085$139,6494Strand Releasing
20God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$15,377-38%44-21$349$5,635,3886Pure Flix
21The Heart of Nuba$15,1721359%42$3,793$27,5375Abramorama
22Midnight Sun$14,949-51%60-33$249$9,554,9257Open Road
23Kings$14,109-91%70-145$202$258,3632The Orchard
24Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum$13,966-13%5-1$2,793$98,0004Well Go USA Entertainment
25Godard Mon Amour$11,474-22%203$574$51,4133Cohen Media Group
27Borg vs. McEnroe$9,585-27%13-2$737$217,4574Neon
28Foxtrot$9,494-58%22-10$432$590,16610Sony Pictures Classics
29Getting Grace$9,151276%4-1$2,288$193,3567Hannover House
30Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$7,975-45%9-5$886$788,61324Zeitgeist
31Sweet Country$7,708128%73$1,101$77,0455Samuel Goldwyn Films
32The Guardians$7,479--1--$7,479$7,4791Music Box Films
33Keep The Change$6,930-10%5-2$1,386$155,0758Kino Lorber
34A Fantastic Woman$6,846-27%6-7$1,141$2,011,69914Sony Pictures Classics
35Bye Bye Germany$5,876-33%60$979$29,8144Film Movement
36The Post$5,668-35%14-3$405$81,896,4332020th Century Fox
37Oh Lucy!$5,590-69%9-9$621$343,99210Film Movement
38Hubble 3D$4,503-4%52$901$52,167,977425Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Walk With Me$4,357--2--$2,179$716,46518Kino Lorber
40Love After Love$3,978-85%16-13$249$107,6306IFC Films
41Strangers on the Earth$3,768--1--$3,768$3,7681First Run Features
42Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$3,475-58%10$3,475$26,8543Rialto Pictures
43Claire's Camera$3,038232%41$760$69,3419Cinema Guild
44Cold Water$2,952-42%10$2,952$12,3852Janus Films
45American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs$2,94048%32$980$10,95810First Run Features
46Leaning Into The Wind$2,857-66%9-5$317$365,6349Magnolia Pictures
47Racer and the Jailbird$2,513--2--$1,257$2,5131Super LTD / Neon
48The Hurricane Heist$2,415110%3-2$805$6,114,7149Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
49Under the Sea 3D$2,298-41%92$255$35,816,295482Warner Bros. / IMAX
50The Great Silence$2,138-47%3-2$713$37,3036Film Movement
51The Desert Bride$2,127--2--$1,064$2,1271Strand Releasing
52Ismael's Ghosts$2,124-17%81$266$98,3317Magnolia Pictures
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,989-21%90$221$25,693,277370Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Loveless$1,926-62%7-4$275$564,07312Sony Pictures Classics
55Summer In The Forest$1,850-65%3-3$617$38,5037Abramorama
56Edward II (2018 re-release)$1,701--1--$1,701$1,7011Film Movement
57Forever My Girl$1,454-69%6-6$242$16,375,62216Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
58Jet Trash$1,420-71%20$710$8,8362Indican Pictures
59The Party$1,288-85%7-2$184$748,93412Roadside Attractions
60Deep Sea 3D$1,157--4--$289$46,335,993636Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Outside In$862-21%1-3$862$68,6976The Orchard
62Big Sonia$613-72%1-1$613$210,22725Argot Pictures
63Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free$607-81%1-1$607$11,8453Cinema Libre Studio
64The Young Karl Marx$593--2--$297$123,68911The Orchard
65Hostiles$572124%10$572$29,818,86920Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
66Duck Butter$566-80%20$283$6,2932The Orchard
67The Devil and Father Amorth$554-75%4-2$139$13,8733The Orchard
68Hitler's Hollywood$462-34%2-1$231$28,2834Kino Lorber
69The House of Tomorrow$248-96%2-6$124$12,3182Shout! Factory
70Mrs. Hyde$216-96%10$216$8,6252Cartilage Films
71Journey to the South Pacific$121-84%10$121$7,624,353232IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
72The Workshop$61--1--$61$20,5907Strand Releasing
73In Between$24-76%10$24$107,83118Film Movement