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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

1Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$60,912,195-59%4,48510$13,581$265,699,5302Universal
2Incredibles 2$46,417,761-42%4,4100$10,526$440,601,2753Disney
3Sicario: Day of the Soldado$19,007,566--3,055--$6,222$19,007,5661Sony / Black Label
4Uncle Drew$15,242,781--2,742--$5,559$15,242,7811Lionsgate / Summit
5Ocean's 8$8,332,661-28%3,426-230$2,432$115,004,8424Warner Bros.
6Tag (2018)$5,880,731-29%3,176-206$1,852$41,133,5393Warner Bros.
7Deadpool 2$3,574,451-32%2,094-326$1,707$310,474,3097Fox
8Solo: A Star Wars Story$2,687,670-40%1,654-684$1,625$207,673,7856Disney
10Superfly$1,403,058-59%1,157-1063$1,213$18,382,1773Sony Pictures
11Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$1,276,384--1,000--$1,276$1,276,3841Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

2Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$2,421,97533%654306$3,703$7,619,0574Focus Features
3Avengers: Infinity War$1,542,704-40%890-566$1,733$672,625,41610Disney
4Book Club$671,039-30%505-167$1,329$66,124,6717Paramount Pictures
5Rampage$601,162-35%201-90$2,991$98,401,26412Warner Bros
6Adrift$536,930-32%508-363$1,057$30,153,2275STX Entertainment
7RBG$415,979-3%190-17$2,189$11,550,3419Magnolia Pictures
8Hearts Beat Loud$388,44235%17066$2,285$1,295,3084Gunpowder & Sky
9American Animals$367,611-33%292-47$1,259$2,130,6165The Orchard
10Gotti$316,692-61%331-135$957$3,964,9793Vertical Entertainment
11Breaking In$220,580-40%138-85$1,598$46,151,2058Universal Pictures
12Overboard$200,126-64%193-132$1,037$50,174,0729Lionsgate / Pantelion
13A Quiet Place$189,97513%211-4$900$187,166,47013Paramount
14First Reformed$149,074-33%118-33$1,263$3,122,2357A24
15Show Dogs$81,03118%14611$555$17,436,9737Global Road Entertainment
16Ready Player One$75,244-21%138-24$545$136,961,75814Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
17Life Of The Party$64,891-47%118-70$550$52,368,8048Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Fall of The American Empire$338,216--72--$4,697$338,2161Sony Pictures Classics
2Leave No Trace$219,140--9--$24,349$219,1401Bleeker Street
3Three Identical Strangers$171,503--5--$34,301$171,5031Neon
4Upgrade$123,41031%96-5$1,286$11,664,6205OTL Releasing
5The Catcher Was A Spy$118,0913%526$2,271$296,0982IFC Films
6Pandas$97,0941%350$2,774$2,597,91813Warner Bros.
7Damsel$73,631263%2926$2,539$106,7132Magnolia Pictures
8The Seagull$50,507-47%65-80$777$1,161,7938Sony Pictures Classics
9Boundaries$46,98559%1712$2,764$89,5412Sony Pictures Classics
102001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$39,754-39%50$7,951$1,113,3167Warner Bros.
11Isle of Dogs$35,237-39%39-30$904$31,864,11115Fox Searchlight
12The Cakemaker$33,384--4--$8,346$33,3841Strand Releasing
13The Greatest Showman$32,703-62%18-4$1,817$174,293,74728Fox
14Black Panther$32,424-57%80-35$405$699,817,12220Disney
15The Rider$31,167-26%39-15$799$2,265,23712Sony Pictures Classics
16A Wrinkle in Time$23,069-72%58-32$398$100,452,60117Walt Disney Pictures
17I Can Only Imagine$20,869-38%41-31$509$83,453,79616Roadside Attractions
18Eating Animals$17,700-20%2519$708$88,7763IFC Films
19Hotel Artemis$15,477-78%40-123$387$6,635,2604Global Road
20Disobedience$15,079-40%3410$444$3,450,99710Bleecker Street
21The Guardians$13,9566%93$1,551$124,1689Music Box Films
22Summer 1993$12,258--13--$943$158,1546Oscilloscope Laboratories
23Super Troopers 2$11,863-42%21-15$565$30,605,8451120th Century Fox
24The King$11,740--3--$3,913$41,1942Oscilloscope Laboratories
25Lobster Cop$10,805-69%120$900$68,3742
26Love, Cecil$9,331--1--$9,331$9,3311Zeitgeist Films
27The Gospel According to André$9,090-54%16-4$568$363,9636Magnolia Pictures
28Beast$7,478-4%145$534$793,4208Roadside Attractions
29Nancy$7,350-22%7-4$1,050$64,0114Samuel Goldwyn Films
30A Bag Of Marbles$6,95522%3-1$2,318$387,50715Gaumont
31Woman Walks Ahead$6,863--2--$3,432$6,8631A24
321945$6,66214%40$1,666$746,50435Menemsha Films
33The Death of Stalin$6,184-32%5-2$1,237$8,021,18217IFC Films
34Believer$6,181-60%4-3$1,545$360,4824Well Go USA
35On Chesil Beach$6,074-57%10-12$607$729,2417Bleecker Street
36Let The Sunshine In$5,624-61%4-12$1,406$852,73410IFC Films
37The Miracle Season$5,344-63%300$178$10,225,77013LD Entertainment
38Hubble 3D$5,303-30%4-2$1,326$52,315,749433Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Custody$4,947--1--$4,947$15,3891Kino Lorber
40Dark River$4,246--2--$2,123$4,2461FilmRise
41The Leisure Seeker$4,043-11%4-3$1,011$3,224,12617Sony Pictures Classics
42Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$3,975--2--$1,988$358,34512Kino Lorber
43This is Congo$3,690--1--$3,690$3,6901Abramorama
44Chappaquiddick$2,585-57%6-2$431$17,386,13213Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
46En el Séptimo Día$2,451-25%20$1,226$41,9064Cinema Guild
47The Great Silence$1,493--2--$747$45,94414Film Movement
48Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$1,462-64%6-5$244$156,1818Magnolia Pictures
49Gabriel and the Mountain$1,006-45%20$503$13,3273Strand Releasing
50Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$995--1--$995$31,58811Rialto Pictures
51Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$915--1--$915$25,56912Rialto Pictures
52The Misandrists$891-53%2-3$446$18,9306Cartilage Films
53Zama$703-25%1-1$703$193,20112Strand Releasing
54Bye Bye Germany$664111%20$332$58,13112Film Movement
55The Heart of Nuba$649--1--$649$37,07413Abramorama
56Hitler's Hollywood$625--1--$625$40,67012Kino Lorber
57The Doctor From India$563-90%1-4$563$44,30811Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
58Claire's Camera$492339%10$492$81,75317Cinema Guild
59Journey to the South Pacific$317-50%10$317$7,631,457240IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
60Filmworker$223-33%2-1$112$86,8238Kino Lorber
61On the Beach at Night Alone$206--1--$206$36,62433Cinema Guild
62Intersection$184-87%10$184$4,1083Indican Pictures
63The Day After$166--1--$166$22,3368Cinema Guild
64Born to Be Wild 3D$154-72%1-2$154$25,732,680378Warner Bros. / IMAX