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. 18 - Sun, May. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Deadpool 2$125,507,153--4,349--$28,859$125,507,1531Fox
2Avengers: Infinity War$29,452,903-53%4,002-472$7,360$595,813,8624Disney
3Book Club$13,582,231--2,781--$4,884$13,582,2311Paramount Pictures
4Life Of The Party$7,603,850-57%3,6560$2,080$30,915,3572Warner Bros. / New Line
5Breaking In$6,826,385-61%2,5370$2,691$29,106,0952Universal Pictures
6Show Dogs$6,023,972--3,212--$1,875$6,023,9721Global Road Entertainment
7Overboard$4,625,858-53%1,820-186$2,542$36,874,4283Lionsgate / Pantelion
8A Quiet Place$3,944,442-39%2,327-817$1,695$176,080,7557Paramount
9Rampage$1,577,260-54%1,466-1082$1,076$92,500,5896Warner Bros
10I Feel Pretty$1,265,813-67%1,505-1353$841$46,604,2705STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1RBG$1,252,9205%379195$3,306$3,853,6863Magnolia Pictures
2Super Troopers 2$1,216,47024%478-901$2,545$29,028,826520th Century Fox
3Black Panther$860,442-59%935-435$920$697,822,22714Disney
4Tully$560,020-75%670-686$836$8,430,5453Focus Features
5Disobedience$521,91524%247147$2,113$1,901,6554Bleecker Street
6Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$507,870--346--$1,468$507,8701Focus Features
8Ready Player One$365,484-59%388-416$942$135,292,0948Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
9Isle of Dogs$344,866-68%288-758$1,197$30,743,1439Fox Searchlight
10Sherlock Gnomes$297,486-27%419-189$710$42,216,6889Paramount / MGM
11Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$250,845-73%380-889$660$40,287,8556Universal
12I Can Only Imagine$171,411-57%274-155$626$82,818,97810Roadside Attractions
13A Wrinkle in Time$160,746-86%230-1754$699$97,366,18811Walt Disney Pictures
14102 Not Out$134,416-54%1020$1,318$1,215,1433Sony Pictures Releasing International
15Chappaquiddick$86,561-65%150-167$577$17,171,4737Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
16Peter Rabbit$67,311-33%145-34$464$115,045,40915Sony / Columbia
17Tyler Perry's Acrimony$67,282-67%116-141$580$43,385,6318Lionsgate
18Tomb Raider$65,701-43%134-26$490$57,333,20510Warner Bros.
19Game Night$60,278-48%121-37$498$68,838,77113Warner Bros.
20The Miracle Season$45,831-63%101-133$454$10,017,5457LD Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

12001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$202,759--4--$50,690$202,7591Warner Bros.
2The Rider$162,211-27%905$1,802$1,104,5256Sony Pictures Classics
3Pandas$124,21313%350$3,549$1,379,2977Warner Bros.
4Beast$102,08792%3127$3,293$181,1012Roadside Attractions
5Nothing to Lose (2018)$98,094-86%44-25$2,229$937,5302Swen
6First Reformed$97,562--4--$24,391$97,5621A24
7Let The Sunshine In$86,557-22%4915$1,766$391,6614IFC Films
8The Seagull$63,890-19%137$4,915$178,8062Sony Pictures Classics
9The Death of Stalin$56,987-56%45-85$1,266$7,809,06611IFC Films
10Traffik$48,716-82%81-300$601$9,079,2135Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
11Red Sparrow$36,832197%22-10$1,674$46,826,4451220th Century Fox
12On Chesil Beach$35,765--4--$8,941$35,7651Bleecker Street
13The Greatest Showman$34,127-44%67-22$509$173,947,13422Fox
14Champion$32,26189%2927$1,112$57,2262Well Go USA Entertainment
15Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$30,609-38%67-31$457$404,468,71222Sony / Columbia
16Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$27,64922%119$2,514$65,6902Magnolia Pictures
17You Were Never Really Here$27,119-68%32-70$847$2,448,8197Amazon Studios
18Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$22,293-58%30-79$743$3,054,2856Fun Academy
19Paul, Apostle of Christ$21,430-58%59-53$363$17,547,9999Sony Pictures Entertainment
20The Leisure Seeker$20,658-47%29-38$712$3,138,18211Sony Pictures Classics
21Beirut$18,999-69%15-52$1,267$4,953,1666Bleecker Street
22Lean on Pete$17,702-76%44-85$402$1,121,8417A24
23Bad Samaritan$16,190-97%48-1498$337$3,424,7443Electric Entertainment
24Death Wish$15,043-22%252$602$33,997,86212MGM
25A Bag Of Marbles$14,584-42%11-4$1,326$307,9999Gaumont
26Always at the Carlyle$13,20443%76$1,886$28,3822Good Deed Entertainment
27Love, Simon$13,188-67%32-71$412$40,733,9841020th Century Fox
28Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$12,979-45%16-14$811$312,2716Kino Lorber
29The Endless$12,784-47%8-10$1,598$242,5287Well Go USA Entertainment
30Finding Your Feet$12,737-69%30-31$425$1,374,2488Roadside Attractions
31Filmworker$11,19640%43$2,799$32,4482Kino Lorber
32The Guardians$11,00725%74$1,572$35,9583Music Box Films
33Revenge (2018)$10,615-77%15-22$708$81,9732Neon
34Lu Over the Wall$7,787-87%12-85$649$96,8632GKIDS
35That Summer$5,977--1--$5,977$5,9771IFC Films
36Bye Bye Germany$5,8611197%53$1,172$41,3276Film Movement
38Keep The Change$5,049-53%7-2$721$181,36710Kino Lorber
39The Escape$4,992--29--$172$8,9012IFC Films
40The Strangers: Prey At Night$4,938-48%15-9$329$24,428,80011Aviron Pictures
42Zama$4,826-26%70$689$170,2676Strand Releasing
431945$4,407-66%8-8$551$667,92929Menemsha Films
44Final Portrait$4,222-66%14-10$302$453,1239Sony Pictures Classics
45The Day After$3,824-15%32$1,275$11,7382Cinema Guild
46Godard Mon Amour$3,729-64%10-2$373$78,4015Cohen Media Group
47Ghost Stories$3,406-79%9-7$378$132,8875IFC Films / IFC Midnight
48Little Pink House$3,249-81%5-8$650$185,8125
49Sweet Country$3,017-14%51$603$90,7837Samuel Goldwyn Films
50The Most Unknown$2,905--1--$2,905$2,9051Abramorama
51Cold Water$2,587168%10$2,587$19,9794Janus Films
52Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$2,466-64%6-5$411$812,80726Zeitgeist
53Getting Grace$2,296-70%3-1$765$214,7819Hannover House
54Saving Brinton$2,000--1--$2,000$27,92735Barn Owl Pictures
55The Desert Bride$1,658-49%41$415$10,3273Strand Releasing
56The Great Silence$1,590512%1-1$1,590$40,1938Film Movement
57Leaning Into The Wind$1,501-69%4-8$375$381,04611Magnolia Pictures
58Oh Lucy!$1,448-82%3-10$483$362,40412Film Movement
59The House of Tomorrow$1,4001329%20$700$14,0514Shout! Factory
60Foxtrot$1,149-89%8-14$144$611,74412Sony Pictures Classics
61The Happys$1,089--2--$545$16,61710Indican Pictures
62The Doctor From India$900-72%1-1$900$14,5065Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
63Back to Burgundy$855-93%3-14$285$245,5279Music Box Films
64The Devil and Father Amorth$720-84%1-3$720$20,4495The Orchard
65Hitler's Hollywood$702-86%30$234$38,2656Kino Lorber
66Jet Trash$4820%10$482$10,8574Indican Pictures
67Ismael's Ghosts$282-80%2-5$141$102,2869Magnolia Pictures
68Claire's Camera$264-84%1-1$264$73,59311Cinema Guild
69A Fantastic Woman$203-95%1-6$203$2,020,98816Sony Pictures Classics
70Strangers on the Earth$172--1--$172$7,4523First Run Features
71On the Beach at Night Alone$89--1--$89$36,41827Cinema Guild