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, Apr. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

Wide (1000+)

1The Curse of La Llorona$26,347,631--3,372--$7,814$26,347,6311Warner Bros. / New Line
2Shazam!$16,464,508-33%4,183-123$3,936$120,437,8643Warner Bros.
3Breakthrough$11,282,333--2,764--$4,082$14,789,258120th Century Fox
4Captain Marvel$9,105,6106%2,653-322$3,432$400,031,7437Disney
5Little (2019)$8,327,435-46%2,6670$3,122$29,256,8452Universal Pictures
6Dumbo$6,621,260-30%3,225-481$2,053$101,076,1704Walt Disney Pictures
7Pet Sematary$4,863,233-50%3,146-439$1,546$49,596,3083Paramount Pictures
8Us (2019)$4,160,050-39%2,264-504$1,837$170,341,6705Universal Pictures
9Missing Link$4,157,285-30%3,43724$1,210$12,764,5262United Artists Releasing
10Hellboy$3,951,098-67%3,3030$1,196$19,747,3692Lionsgate / Summit
11After (2019)$2,381,995-60%2,1380$1,114$10,317,1442Aviron Pictures
12Penguins$2,282,593--1,815--$1,258$3,234,3501Disney / Disneynature
13How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$817,43510%1,062240$770$159,087,57512Universal / DreamWorks Animation
14The Best of Enemies$595,987-70%1,002-703$595$9,585,7643STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

2Amazing Grace$603,30273%190132$3,175$1,348,1183Neon
3Unplanned$590,086-67%839-563$703$17,207,3294Pure Flix
4Five Feet Apart$588,782-62%709-764$830$45,040,8756CBS Films
5The Mustang$517,925-33%487-40$1,064$4,017,6956Focus Features
6Hotel Mumbai$493,288-43%314-303$1,571$8,906,8015Bleecker Street
7Wonder Park$463,765-42%705-467$658$44,559,8376Paramount
8High Life$272,12751%146114$1,864$668,7483A24
9Teen Spirit$241,943455%696692$348$296,7632LD Entertainment / Bleecker Street
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$146,380-57%196-279$747$72,982,6148Lionsgate
11The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$134,228-35%222-50$605$105,574,87813Warner Bros.
12Apollo 11$100,699-19%101-25$997$8,475,1238Neon
13Isn't It Romantic$82,638-7%14537$570$48,662,84410Warner Bros.
14The Upside$72,712-37%130-49$559$108,144,02615STX Entertainment
15Alita: Battle Angel$69,247-17%116-33$597$85,582,0081020th Century Fox
16Gloria Bell$63,990-56%100-68$640$5,474,2127A24
17Green Book$49,570-35%115-24$431$85,013,88623Universal Pictures
18They Shall Not Grow Old$28,520-39%115-77$248$17,918,64818Warner Bros.
19Romeo Akbar Walter$1,408-95%1010$14$235,7473Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1No Manches Frida 2$78,398-56%73-62$1,074$9,185,8726Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2The Chaperone$78,33032%5521$1,424$214,7644PBS Distribution
3Wild Nights with Emily$65,293116%3330$1,979$104,0822Greenwich Entertainment
4Her Smell$64,03173%2421$2,668$112,8732Gunpowder & Sky
5Little Woods$57,610--33--$1,746$57,6101Neon
6Woman At War$51,026-3%50-1$1,021$641,6418Magnolia Pictures
7Mia and the White Lion$50,317-74%67-245$751$358,5732Ledafilms Entertainment Group
8The Beach Bum$49,771-17%36-64$1,383$3,430,2704Neon
9The Aftermath$49,451-70%85-149$582$1,561,7076Fox Searchlight
10Long Day's Journey Into Night$48,49181%85$6,061$129,9492Kino Lorber
11Diane$40,281-43%59-5$683$258,3684IFC Films
12Fighting With My Family$39,98012%84-10$476$22,854,08610MGM
13Red Joan$38,949--4--$9,737$38,9491IFC Films
14Fast Color$37,594--25--$1,504$37,5941Lionsgate
15Peterloo$36,81213%9260$400$116,6833Amazon Studios
16Under the Silver Lake$35,270--2--$17,635$35,2701A24 Films
17Master Z: Ip Man Legacy$34,622-63%32-29$1,082$188,6762Well Go USA Entertainment
18Escape Room$28,301-54%27-17$1,048$57,000,75616Sony Pictures
19Mary Magdalene$26,871-42%40-22$672$105,3772IFC Films
20Transit$26,520-38%30-17$884$731,7458Music Box Films
21Hail Satan?$26,496--3--$8,832$26,4961Magnolia Pictures
22The Public$26,429-58%43-54$615$484,2143Greenwich Entertainment
23Bohemian Rhapsody$20,453-26%310$660$216,287,3182520th Century Fox
24Arctic$20,187321%4938$412$2,373,75012Bleecker Street
25Never Look Away$18,10832%10-6$1,811$1,229,95513Sony Pictures Classics
26Monty Python's Life of Brian (40th Anniversary)$18,005--47--$383$150,1802Trafalgar Releasing
27Rafiki$16,016--6--$2,669$21,4081Film Movement
28High on the Hog$15,125--5--$3,025$15,1251Indican Pictures
29CATVIDEOFEST 2019$13,632839%85$1,704$427,17110Oscilloscope
30Ash is Purest White$13,205-50%17-7$777$379,2366Cohen Media Group
31Run The Race$12,762-16%3914$327$6,413,4469Roadside Attractions
32The Man Who Killed Don Quixote$12,756--10--$1,276$327,6242Screen Media
33Dogman$11,821-9%52$2,364$32,3272Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
34Capernaum$9,38331%11-3$853$1,643,81219Sony Pictures Classics
35Ramen Shop$7,238-24%102$724$41,2225Strand Releasing
36Hagazussa$6,041--11--$549$6,0411Doppelganger Releasing
37Girls of the Sun$5,640-28%114$513$16,0082Cohen Media Group
38Styx$5,595221%30$1,865$66,7128Film Movement
39Working Woman$5,121-57%3-4$1,707$30,7744Zeitgeist
40Sunset$5,063-61%6-12$844$103,7765Sony Pictures Classics
41The Brink$4,982-70%15-14$332$88,2794Magnolia Pictures
42Sauvage / Wild$4,968-33%10$4,968$20,9622Strand Releasing
43Faith, Hope & Love$4,856-42%5-2$971$187,0936ArtAffects Entertainment
443 Faces$4,711161%62$785$63,0817Kino Lorber
45Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$4,282-54%21$2,141$17,8022Kino Lorber
46Babylon (1981)$3,58488%62$597$76,9847Kino Lorber Films
47The Invisibles$3,534-54%6-4$589$395,37513Greenwich Entertainment
48Birds of Passage$3,30952%7-2$473$505,47610The Orchard
49Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$3,237--1--$3,237$3,2371Zeitgeist Films
50Grass$2,774--1--$2,774$2,7741Cinema Guild
51Christ Stopped at Eboli$2,394-68%10$2,394$38,8743Rialto Pictures
52The Sower$1,597--2--$799$33,5498
53Police Story and Police Story 2$1,388-65%1-1$1,388$109,83112Janus Films
54Made Me Do It$1,360--1--$1,360$5,9482Indican Pictures
55The Hummingbird Project$1,249-77%5-14$250$370,9496The Orchard
56Shoplifters$1,178-79%2-1$589$3,303,82122Magnolia Pictures
57Suburban Birds$1,029132%21$515$6,6263Cinema Guild
58Knife+Heart$978-60%3-3$326$29,5656Altered Innocence
59The Wild Pear Tree$900333%10$900$30,67512Cinema Guild
60Born to Be Wild 3D$893-50%61$149$25,853,130420Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Hotel By The River$805360%10$805$23,76510Cinema Guild
62Stan & Ollie$750-76%6-2$125$5,454,84317Sony Pictures Classics
63Free Solo$698-92%3-8$233$17,535,37130National Geographic Entertainment
64Hale County This Morning, This Evening$625--1--$625$112,30032Cinema Guild
65Sorry Angel$527-54%1-1$527$30,33910Strand Releasing
66Off Season$4650%10$465$11,0056Indican Pictures
67Screwball$449--3--$150$13,5764Greenwich Entertainment
68Under the Sea 3D$363-86%4-2$91$36,058,941532Warner Bros. / IMAX
69Virginia Minnesota$325--1--$325$15,4828Indican Pictures
70The Last Resort$211-56%21$106$156,85018Kino Lober Films
71To the Arctic 3D$200--1--$200$14,545,745366Warner Bros. / IMAX
72Ruben Brandt, Collector$135-75%3-6$45$113,75710Sony Pictures Classics