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. 25 - Sun, May. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Solo: A Star Wars Story$84,420,489--4,381--$19,270$84,420,4891Disney
2Deadpool 2$43,463,043-65%4,3490$9,994$208,170,3952Fox
3Avengers: Infinity War$17,294,657-41%3,768-234$4,590$622,489,2955Disney
4Book Club$10,071,681-26%2,81029$3,584$32,279,6912Paramount Pictures
5Life Of The Party$5,379,490-29%2,937-719$1,832$39,364,4763Warner Bros. / New Line
6Breaking In$4,284,585-37%1,985-552$2,158$35,873,2403Universal Pictures
7Show Dogs$3,267,165-46%3,2120$1,017$10,861,8902Global Road Entertainment
8Overboard$3,133,567-32%1,196-624$2,620$41,627,9804Lionsgate / Pantelion
9A Quiet Place$2,435,143-38%1,524-803$1,598$180,133,5228Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1RBG$1,385,88311%41637$3,331$5,902,5214Magnolia Pictures
2Rampage$844,546-46%688-778$1,228$93,939,5617Warner Bros
3Super Troopers 2$612,679-53%221-257$2,772$29,912,754620th Century Fox
4I Feel Pretty$511,573-60%551-954$928$47,678,7066STX Entertainment
5Black Panther$481,106-44%440-495$1,093$698,617,34815Disney
6Disobedience$418,713-20%224-23$1,869$2,572,7875Bleecker Street
7Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$309,960-39%38539$805$1,115,4252Focus Features
8Sherlock Gnomes$251,225-16%298-121$843$42,583,45110Paramount / MGM
9A Wrinkle in Time$231,37744%202-28$1,145$97,676,57312Walt Disney Pictures
10Ready Player One$217,106-41%241-147$901$135,663,8559Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
11Isle of Dogs$213,852-38%162-126$1,320$31,116,82710Fox Searchlight
12Tully$209,565-63%191-479$1,097$8,926,1254Focus Features
14The Rider$186,09215%10717$1,739$1,372,6757Sony Pictures Classics
15Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$111,990-55%153-227$732$40,505,2857Universal
16I Can Only Imagine$95,510-44%153-121$624$82,999,91911Roadside Attractions
17The Death of Stalin$43,782-23%350305$125$7,884,22712IFC Films

Platform (1 — 99)

1First Reformed$291,860199%2925$10,064$434,8222A24
2How Long Will I Love U$204,733--23--$8,901$204,7331Well Go USA
3Beast$184,88481%9362$1,988$416,9593Roadside Attractions
4The Seagull$111,84775%2916$3,857$324,8263Sony Pictures Classics
5Let The Sunshine In$109,92527%7021$1,570$546,1685IFC Films
6Pandas$109,374-12%350$3,125$1,595,1878Warner Bros.
72001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$99,238-51%40$24,810$421,0352Warner Bros.
8On Chesil Beach$94,540164%2521$3,782$149,4892Bleecker Street
9Traffik$51,6296%75-6$688$9,152,3766Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
10Chappaquiddick$50,659-41%74-76$685$17,266,2838Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11The Gospel According to André$47,802--4--$11,951$47,8021Magnolia Pictures
12102 Not Out$46,978-65%43-59$1,093$1,305,1424Sony Pictures Releasing International
13Peter Rabbit$41,526-38%98-47$424$115,117,87016Sony / Columbia
14Tomb Raider$38,543-41%75-59$514$57,398,53311Warner Bros.
15The Miracle Season$36,593-20%53-48$690$10,076,2658LD Entertainment
16Tyler Perry's Acrimony$34,986-48%40-76$875$43,452,4169Lionsgate
17Game Night$33,634-44%60-61$561$68,893,23414Warner Bros.
18Red Sparrow$27,547-25%13-9$2,119$46,858,7241320th Century Fox
19Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$21,495-30%36-31$597$404,502,38023Sony / Columbia
20Summer 1993$21,307--4--$5,327$21,3071Oscilloscope Laboratories
21Always at the Carlyle$19,27246%136$1,482$56,0273Good Deed Entertainment
22The Greatest Showman$18,205-47%35-32$520$173,983,77123Fox
23You Were Never Really Here$17,925-34%19-13$943$2,486,6698Amazon Studios
24Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$16,227-41%143$1,159$103,8283Magnolia Pictures
25The Leisure Seeker$15,048-27%26-3$579$3,163,47012Sony Pictures Classics
26A Bag Of Marbles$14,9172%110$1,356$337,54010Gaumont
27Beirut$14,634-23%12-3$1,220$4,976,5227Bleecker Street
28Finding Your Feet$13,6597%20-10$683$1,397,7089Roadside Attractions
29How To Talk To Girls At Parties$12,674--2--$6,337$12,6741A24
30The House of Tomorrow$12,651804%86$1,581$27,7855Shout! Factory
31Mary Shelley$12,570--2--$6,285$12,5701IFC Films
321945$11,050151%80$1,381$680,89530Menemsha Films
33Death Wish$9,770-35%16-9$611$34,011,90313MGM
34Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$9,574-57%20-10$479$3,104,3667Fun Academy
35Love, Simon$9,282-88%21-11$442$40,815,5411120th Century Fox
36Lean on Pete$9,111-49%23-21$396$1,140,9238A24
37Filmworker$9,107-19%51$1,821$49,0923Kino Lorber
38The Endless$8,839-31%7-1$1,263$259,5168Well Go USA Entertainment
39The Guardians$7,834-29%103$783$51,5024Music Box Films
40Under the Sea 3D$7,40371%60$1,234$35,898,160485Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Champion$7,165-78%4-25$1,791$86,5243Well Go USA Entertainment
42Hubble 3D$6,5975%3-2$2,199$52,216,811428Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Keep The Change$5,88216%70$840$188,68111Kino Lorber
44Les Parents Terribles (2018 re-release)$5,332--1--$5,332$5,3321Cohen Media Group
45Sollers Point$5,208--4--$1,302$24,4133Oscilloscope Laboratories
46Who We Are Now$5,188--1--$5,188$5,1881FilmRise
48Revenge (2018)$4,847-54%9-6$539$99,1973Neon
49The Desert Bride$4,466169%40$1,117$16,0304Strand Releasing
50God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$3,733--13--$287$5,715,7259Pure Flix
51The Misandrists$3,278--1--$3,278$3,2781Cartilage Films
52Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$3,142-76%7-9$449$322,9877Kino Lorber
53The Day After$3,110-19%2-1$1,555$17,6593Cinema Guild
54Leaning Into The Wind$3,061104%3-1$1,020$386,48812Magnolia Pictures
55Zama$2,229-54%5-2$446$175,0237Strand Releasing
56Little Pink House$2,225-32%4-1$556$196,2186
57Oh Lucy!$1,99838%41$500$364,81213Film Movement
58Saving Brinton$1,884-6%21$942$30,80736Barn Owl Pictures
59Back to Burgundy$1,836115%2-1$918$249,12510Music Box Films
60Lu Over the Wall$1,690-78%5-7$338$103,2413GKIDS
61Bye Bye Germany$1,598-73%3-2$533$46,0257Film Movement
62Getting Grace$1,384-40%2-1$692$217,52410Hannover House
63The Most Unknown$1,346-54%10$1,346$7,3492Abramorama
64Foxtrot$1,2055%5-3$241$615,32813Sony Pictures Classics
65Jet Trash$1,185146%65$198$12,5365Indican Pictures
66Born to Be Wild 3D$1,09456%3-1$365$25,707,785373Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Deep Sea 3D$1,079-58%2-2$540$46,351,385639Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Cold Water$1,026-60%10$1,026$23,4955Janus Films
69Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$1,020-59%4-2$255$816,98327Zeitgeist
70Final Portrait$898-79%7-7$128$455,13410Sony Pictures Classics
71Godard Mon Amour$889-76%2-8$445$82,0726Cohen Media Group
72Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$794--2--$397$23,7927Rialto Pictures
74The Great Silence$710-55%10$710$41,5379Film Movement
75Sweet Country$616-80%3-2$205$91,3998Samuel Goldwyn Films
76The Happys$585-46%1-1$585$18,05111Indican Pictures
77Journey to the South Pacific$416530%10$416$7,626,817235IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
78Walk With Me$375--1--$375$723,83821Kino Lorber
79Mrs. Hyde$330--1--$330$10,8005Cartilage Films
80Western$301--1--$301$36,94315Cinema Guild
81Beuys$224--1--$224$65,21819Kino Lorber