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, Jun. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Solo: A Star Wars Story$29,396,882-65%4,3810$6,710$148,989,5742Disney
2Deadpool 2$23,178,597-47%4,161-188$5,570$254,506,0353Fox
3Adrift$11,603,039--3,015--$3,848$11,603,0391STX Entertainment
4Avengers: Infinity War$10,507,279-39%3,570-198$2,943$643,006,2116Disney
5Book Club$7,039,033-30%3,169359$2,221$47,555,7813Paramount Pictures
6Upgrade$4,670,905--1,457--$3,206$4,670,9051OTL Releasing
7Life Of The Party$3,504,625-35%2,511-426$1,396$46,350,2554Warner Bros. / New Line
8Breaking In$2,811,515-34%1,682-303$1,672$41,341,5304Universal Pictures
9Action Point$2,390,164--2,032--$1,176$2,390,1641Paramount Pictures
10Overboard$1,949,527-38%1,22832$1,588$45,497,7215Lionsgate / Pantelion
11A Quiet Place$1,771,171-27%1,156-368$1,532$183,520,3699Paramount
12Show Dogs$1,527,370-53%2,327-885$656$14,602,8513Global Road Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1RBG$1,060,087-24%43216$2,454$7,835,9465Magnolia Pictures
2Rampage$620,437-27%502-186$1,236$95,111,6468Warner Bros
3I Feel Pretty$297,566-42%315-236$945$48,324,3137STX Entertainment
4Super Troopers 2$281,771-54%138-83$2,042$30,318,666720th Century Fox
5Ready Player One$250,87316%27130$926$136,060,03110Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
6Black Panther$246,901-49%284-156$869$699,129,85016Disney
7The Rider$232,43425%224117$1,038$1,732,3738Sony Pictures Classics
8Disobedience$221,526-47%158-66$1,402$3,062,7686Bleecker Street
9Sherlock Gnomes$163,367-35%250-48$653$42,889,81511Paramount / MGM
10Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$162,505-48%273-112$595$1,580,1253Focus Features
11Isle of Dogs$140,901-34%129-33$1,092$31,406,34811Fox Searchlight
13A Wrinkle in Time$131,359-43%187-15$702$97,946,98813Walt Disney Pictures
14Tully$103,270-51%148-43$698$9,173,6455Focus Features
15Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$93,285-17%113-40$826$40,670,4908Universal
16Best F(r)iends: Volume Two$69,297--366--$189$69,2971Fathom Events
17I Can Only Imagine$69,190-28%124-29$558$83,157,35712Roadside Attractions
18How To Talk To Girls At Parties$34,694174%103101$337$54,9142A24

Platform (1 — 99)

1First Reformed$421,44744%9162$4,631$1,023,2433A24
2How Long Will I Love U$156,793-23%329$4,900$487,6142Well Go USA
3On Chesil Beach$151,40960%8964$1,701$362,2453Bleecker Street
4American Animals$134,793--4--$33,698$134,7931The Orchard
5The Seagull$120,0877%5223$2,309$516,0404Sony Pictures Classics
6Pandas$94,967-13%350$2,713$1,805,8669Warner Bros.
7The Gospel According to André$89,91788%2117$4,282$174,7582Magnolia Pictures
8Beast$89,496-52%92-1$973$631,6694Roadside Attractions
9Let The Sunshine In$72,024-34%67-3$1,075$688,5406IFC Films
102001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$70,212-29%51$14,042$566,0623Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry's Acrimony$49,62842%8040$620$43,523,85010Lionsgate
12Bhavesh Joshi Superhero$42,579--46--$926$42,5791Eros Entertainment
13Mountain$36,018--14--$2,573$86,7094Greenwich Entertainment
14Chappaquiddick$30,077-41%68-6$442$17,334,1269Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15The Death of Stalin$30,003-31%26-324$1,154$7,942,49013IFC Films
16Peter Rabbit$28,133-32%84-14$335$115,187,06917Sony / Columbia
17Game Night$24,217-28%58-2$418$68,940,55815Warner Bros.
18The Miracle Season$23,038-37%31-22$743$10,128,3159LD Entertainment
19Always at the Carlyle$18,953-2%2310$824$91,3544Good Deed Entertainment
20The Greatest Showman$17,029-6%32-3$532$174,016,51924Fox
21Beirut$14,7791%3018$493$4,999,7648Bleecker Street
22Summer 1993$14,450-32%51$2,890$49,1362Oscilloscope Laboratories
23Mary Shelley$13,6629%97$1,518$35,7082IFC Films
24Filmworker$11,48226%1510$765$66,7044Kino Lorber
25102 Not Out$11,000-77%17-26$647$1,339,9095Sony Pictures Releasing International
261945$10,834-2%113$985$695,24131Menemsha Films
27A Bag Of Marbles$10,557-29%7-4$1,508$354,90811Gaumont
28The Leisure Seeker$9,480-37%21-5$451$3,185,82613Sony Pictures Classics
29You Were Never Really Here$9,306-48%17-2$547$2,510,4679Amazon Studios
30A Kid Like Jake$8,936--1--$8,936$8,9361IFC Films
31Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$8,726-46%9-5$970$127,2774Magnolia Pictures
32Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$7,278132%92$809$332,4848Kino Lorber
33Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$7,217-25%8-12$902$3,139,5358Fun Academy
34The Doctor From India$7,173--5--$1,435$24,5547Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
35One Sings, the Other Doesn't (2018 Re-Release)$6,700--1--$6,700$6,7001Janus Films
36Finding Your Feet$6,357-53%12-8$530$1,413,85810Roadside Attractions
37Red Sparrow$5,773-79%9-4$641$46,869,9801420th Century Fox
38Hubble 3D$5,698-14%52$1,140$52,235,516429Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Lean on Pete$5,697-37%16-7$356$1,151,7889A24
40Who We Are Now$5,3603%32$1,787$14,1242FilmRise
42The Guardians$4,625-41%7-3$661$64,8465Music Box Films
43God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$4,36017%9-4$484$5,722,68210Pure Flix
44Champion$3,661-49%2-2$1,831$95,8174Well Go USA Entertainment
45Keep The Change$3,596-39%6-1$599$196,50512Kino Lorber
46Ganja & Hess$3,406--1--$3,406$6,5181Kino Lorber
47Rodin$3,144--4--$786$12,8881Cohen Media Group
48Zama$2,95833%72$423$180,3028Strand Releasing
49Oh Lucy!$2,51826%40$630$368,26814Film Movement
50Love, Simon$2,477-73%11-10$225$40,823,1131220th Century Fox
51Little Pink House$2,4329%3-1$811$199,0697
52The Misandrists$2,262-31%10$2,262$7,9972Cartilage Films
53Leaning Into The Wind$2,104-31%74$301$390,77613Magnolia Pictures
54Claire's Camera$2,099--2--$1,050$75,84413Cinema Guild
55Final Portrait$1,972120%4-3$493$457,95211Sony Pictures Classics
56Bye Bye Germany$1,92220%41$481$49,6188Film Movement
57Strangers on the Earth$1,882--2--$941$9,5185First Run Features
58The Desert Bride$1,814-59%2-2$907$19,9525Strand Releasing
59Under the Sea 3D$1,747-76%71$250$35,911,202486Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Saving Brinton$1,638-13%31$546$34,11037Barn Owl Pictures
61The Endless$1,542-83%3-4$514$266,0609Well Go USA Entertainment
62Sweet Country$1,512145%2-1$756$95,6099Samuel Goldwyn Films
64Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$1,40037%40$350$819,71928Zeitgeist
65Sollers Point$1,352-74%40$338$29,4274Oscilloscope Laboratories
66The Heart of Nuba$1,187--1--$1,187$31,3049Abramorama
67Cold Water$1,018-1%10$1,018$26,0926Janus Films
68Lu Over the Wall$858-49%4-1$215$107,5334GKIDS
69Journey to the South Pacific$63553%21$318$7,628,170236IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
70Back to Burgundy$548-70%20$274$249,84211Music Box Films
71The Day After$461-85%20$231$20,9714Cinema Guild
72Western$42742%10$427$37,55116Cinema Guild
73Jet Trash$422-64%1-5$422$13,4576Indican Pictures
74Foxtrot$408-66%3-2$136$616,18614Sony Pictures Classics
75Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$358--2--$179$11,236,538218Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$340--1--$340$29,8787Rialto Pictures
77The Happys$204-65%10$204$18,68412Indican Pictures
78Born to Be Wild 3D$148-86%63$25$25,718,627374Warner Bros. / IMAX