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. 15 - Sun, Jun. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Incredibles 2$182,687,905--4,410--$41,426$182,687,9051Disney
2Ocean's 8$18,968,184-54%4,1450$4,576$78,588,3542Warner Bros.
3Tag (2018)$14,947,396--3,382--$4,420$14,947,3961Warner Bros.
4Solo: A Star Wars Story$10,001,056-36%3,182-1153$3,143$193,765,1434Disney
5Deadpool 2$8,681,501-39%3,212-611$2,703$294,562,3095Fox
6Superfly$6,870,740--2,220--$3,095$9,012,0571Sony Pictures
8Avengers: Infinity War$5,442,261-25%2,164-718$2,515$664,346,2118Disney
9Adrift$2,200,333-58%1,929-1086$1,141$26,905,4793STX Entertainment
10Book Club$1,827,492-57%1,656-1146$1,104$61,977,5855Paramount Pictures
11Hotel Artemis$1,007,509-69%2,299-108$438$5,821,0282Global Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Gotti$1,719,902--503--$3,419$1,719,9021Vertical Entertainment
2Race 3$1,690,861--314--$5,385$1,690,8611Yash Raj Films
3A Wrinkle in Time$1,678,7971551%24588$6,852$99,906,92415Walt Disney Pictures
4Upgrade$518,330-78%646-812$802$11,078,2953OTL Releasing
5RBG$498,234-33%290-85$1,718$10,116,7627Magnolia Pictures
6Life Of The Party$448,369-79%608-1234$737$51,850,1376Warner Bros. / New Line
7Overboard$435,447-63%581-475$749$48,567,2317Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Breaking In$431,195-70%504-658$856$45,170,8006Universal Pictures
9A Quiet Place$360,213-66%397-507$907$186,459,02011Paramount
10First Reformed$344,747-38%273-61$1,263$2,420,5975A24
11Rampage$268,165-45%288-115$931$96,433,02910Warner Bros
12Show Dogs$173,614-77%427-721$407$17,106,3315Global Road Entertainment
13Black Panther$144,9835%146-40$993$699,613,33718Disney
14The Seagull$136,71536%211122$648$865,5516Sony Pictures Classics
15Ready Player One$133,689-37%201-47$665$136,658,21812Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
16I Feel Pretty$54,405-61%110-97$495$48,753,4429STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$1,002,709111%9667$10,445$1,710,4132Focus Features
2Hearts Beat Loud$246,763231%8379$2,973$345,6342Gunpowder & Sky
3American Animals$210,684-8%7230$2,926$754,9303The Orchard
4Pandas$86,803-13%350$2,480$2,194,35311Warner Bros.
52001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$86,669-9%138$6,667$865,0175Warner Bros.
6The Rider$72,230-41%94-94$768$2,117,91510Sony Pictures Classics
7Believer$62,165-58%19-13$3,272$292,1722Well Go USA
8Isle of Dogs$56,846-39%85-30$669$31,696,58113Fox Searchlight
9I Can Only Imagine$50,220-18%86-22$584$83,343,60414Roadside Attractions
10Super Troopers 2$42,898-58%54-23$794$30,551,330920th Century Fox
11Eating Animals$34,524--2--$17,262$34,5241IFC Films
12Disobedience$33,765-67%47-54$718$3,371,3688Bleecker Street
13On Chesil Beach$28,780-77%73-130$394$677,2395Bleecker Street
14Let The Sunshine In$28,321-16%27-23$1,049$809,6398IFC Films
15The Greatest Showman$28,040160%20-1$1,402$174,073,08226Fox
16How Long Will I Love U$26,684-65%15-9$1,779$714,7904Well Go USA
17Beast$20,828-30%49-34$425$755,1386Roadside Attractions
18Summer 1993$20,14752%1810$1,119$98,2714Oscilloscope Laboratories
19The Gospel According to André$19,876-52%22-12$903$305,2284Magnolia Pictures
20Game Night$16,673-19%47-11$355$68,995,99517Warner Bros.
21Nancy$12,500-17%118$1,136$32,6252Samuel Goldwyn Films
22The Miracle Season$11,783-46%18-10$655$10,187,08611LD Entertainment
23The Guardians$11,705301%94$1,301$84,6077Music Box Films
24The Death of Stalin$10,516-35%10-4$1,052$7,992,57715IFC Films
25Always at the Carlyle$8,370-28%11-2$761$135,4506Good Deed Entertainment
26En el Séptimo Día$6,973-45%20$3,487$28,7232Cinema Guild
27Mary Shelley$5,958-69%17-13$350$83,4104IFC Films
28Hubble 3D$5,660--4--$1,415$52,273,895431Warner Bros. / IMAX
29A Kid Like Jake$5,34712%139$411$25,9553IFC Films
30Gabriel and the Mountain$4,963--2--$2,482$4,9631Strand Releasing
31Chappaquiddick$4,882-46%14-15$349$17,371,39211Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
32The Leisure Seeker$4,546-10%6-9$758$3,207,01215Sony Pictures Classics
33A Bag Of Marbles$4,093-30%30$1,364$370,27713Gaumont
34Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$4,017-21%138$309$144,4616Magnolia Pictures
36One Sings, the Other Doesn't (2018 Re-Release)$3,617--2--$1,809$16,1913Janus Films
37The Quest of Alain Ducasse$3,46328%32$1,154$8,2202Magnolia Pictures
38Back to Burgundy$2,95162%31$984$256,20113Music Box Films
391945$2,801-15%5-1$560$710,61833Menemsha Films
40Bye Bye Germany$2,695185%30$898$53,78710Film Movement
41The Doctor From India$2,593178%31$864$33,3259Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
42Claire's Camera$2,388372%21$1,194$79,90615Cinema Guild
43Zama$2,189-24%30$730$188,86810Strand Releasing
44Jet Trash$1,97827%2-1$989$18,2418Indican Pictures
45Straight Into A Storm$1,964--1--$1,964$1,9641Abramorama
46Intersection$1,940--2--$970$1,9401Indican Pictures
47Sweet Country$1,8952%31$632$101,93911Samuel Goldwyn Films
48Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$1,735-59%3-2$578$351,43010Kino Lorber
49Rodin$1,692-46%2-2$846$16,2483Cohen Media Group
50The Great Silence$1,470--2--$735$43,23512Film Movement
51The Misandrists$1,455216%31$485$12,3084Cartilage Films
52Leaning Into The Wind$1,275-31%2-2$638$399,68415Magnolia Pictures
53Ganja & Hess$824-30%2-1$412$13,3733Kino Lorber
54Little Pink House$770-92%1-3$770$211,4619
55Foxtrot$618-11%3-1$206$617,97216Sony Pictures Classics
56Final Portrait$602-52%41$151$460,85913Sony Pictures Classics
57Cold Water$564-50%10$564$30,1098Janus Films
58Journey to the South Pacific$537--1--$537$7,630,088238IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
59The Happys$50413%1-1$504$20,46714Indican Pictures
60The Day After$47544%20$238$21,9826Cinema Guild
61Filmworker$327-91%3-4$109$85,0226Kino Lorber
62Who We Are Now$3120%10$312$18,8284FilmRise
63Oh Lucy!$288-71%1-1$288$373,09616Film Movement
64Saving Brinton$288-88%10$288$39,22039Barn Owl Pictures
65The Desert Bride$26317%10$263$20,7857Strand Releasing
66Lu Over the Wall$216-68%2-2$108$109,2436GKIDS
67Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$161--2--$81$11,238,114220Warner Bros. / IMAX
68Hitler's Hollywood$118--1--$118$39,51310Kino Lorber
69The Endless$107-83%1-1$107$267,93811Well Go USA Entertainment