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. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Endgame$357,115,007--4,662--$76,601$357,115,0071Disney
2Captain Marvel$8,312,751-9%2,435-218$3,414$413,841,7988Disney
3The Curse of La Llorona$8,045,744-69%3,3720$2,386$41,830,0452Warner Bros. / New Line
4Breakthrough$6,806,342-40%2,913149$2,337$26,616,572220th Century Fox
5Shazam!$5,583,903-66%3,631-552$1,538$131,213,6304Warner Bros.
6Dumbo$3,493,282-47%2,380-845$1,468$107,259,8405Walt Disney Pictures
7Little (2019)$3,472,280-58%2,119-548$1,639$35,881,5353Universal Pictures
8Pet Sematary$1,322,808-73%1,655-1491$799$52,645,2654Paramount Pictures
9Us (2019)$1,175,255-72%1,255-1009$936$172,878,8906Universal Pictures
10Penguins$1,142,500-50%1,8150$629$5,812,9262Disney / Disneynature
11Missing Link$1,065,666-74%1,588-1849$671$15,520,7213United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

1Amazing Grace$519,597-14%24757$2,104$2,145,5384Neon
2After (2019)$403,333-83%607-1531$664$11,649,0723Aviron Pictures
3Hellboy$354,575-91%927-2376$382$21,533,4083Lionsgate / Summit
4The Mustang$291,585-44%277-210$1,053$4,542,3357Focus Features
6How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$237,435-71%282-780$842$159,689,09513Universal / DreamWorks Animation
7Wonder Park$188,074-59%249-456$755$45,012,0667Paramount
8Hotel Mumbai$168,498-66%170-144$991$9,260,9986Bleecker Street
9Five Feet Apart$139,035-76%259-450$537$45,394,5137CBS Films
10Unplanned$137,176-77%251-588$547$17,740,5015Pure Flix
11High Life$133,178-51%1460$912$932,7104A24
12The Best of Enemies$125,232-79%227-775$552$10,008,6884STX Entertainment
13The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$85,035-37%179-43$475$105,714,36114Warner Bros.
14Isn't It Romantic$47,215-43%120-25$393$48,735,40811Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Red Joan$159,288309%4541$3,540$216,3412IFC Films
2Wild Nights with Emily$91,31740%6532$1,405$226,7823Greenwich Entertainment
3The White Crow$78,782--5--$15,756$78,7821Sony Pictures Classics
4The Chaperone$71,557-9%50-5$1,431$333,0015PBS Distribution
5The Upside$53,261-27%93-37$573$108,230,96116STX Entertainment
6Hail Satan?$48,20982%1815$2,678$83,8132Magnolia Pictures
7Woman At War$45,751-10%46-4$995$714,8079Magnolia Pictures
8Alita: Battle Angel$41,773-40%83-33$503$85,654,4541120th Century Fox
9Apollo 11$41,216-59%62-39$665$8,560,2119Neon
10No Manches Frida 2$40,122-49%56-17$716$9,253,8487Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
11Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$39,304-73%77-119$510$73,076,7649Lionsgate
12Long Day's Journey Into Night$31,374-35%135$2,413$189,7243Kino Lorber
13Gloria Bell$31,275-51%39-61$802$5,540,4728A24
14Little Woods$31,155-46%29-4$1,074$113,3212Neon
15Her Smell$31,122-51%4016$778$168,0003Gunpowder & Sky
16Fighting With My Family$27,105-32%60-24$452$22,900,39511MGM
17The Beach Bum$26,428-47%15-21$1,762$3,477,5885Neon
18Diane$25,741-36%590$436$305,0265IFC Films
19Transit$23,582-11%28-2$842$766,4599Music Box Films
20Green Book$22,655-54%45-70$503$85,067,02124Universal Pictures
21The Aftermath$20,169-59%37-48$545$1,609,5617Fox Searchlight
22The Public$19,435-26%28-15$694$517,6304Greenwich Entertainment
23Never Look Away$18,6783%6-4$3,113$1,258,67014Sony Pictures Classics
24Hesburgh$17,009--2--$8,505$17,0091mTuckman Media
25Sunset$12,059138%1812$670$118,6976Sony Pictures Classics
26Dogman$11,317-4%94$1,257$50,9343Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
27High on the Hog$10,542-30%61$1,757$30,7872Indican Pictures
28Ramen Shop$9,96538%9-1$1,107$54,2726Strand Releasing
29Arctic$9,741-52%32-17$304$2,395,31013Bleecker Street
30Rafiki$9,500-41%71$1,357$40,2012Film Movement
31Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$8,612166%43$2,153$22,9602Zeitgeist Films
32Peterloo$7,343-80%43-49$171$145,9404Amazon Studios
33Mia and the White Lion$7,215-86%5-62$1,443$390,3103Ledafilms Entertainment Group
34Sauvage / Wild$6,52631%21$3,263$30,2303Strand Releasing
35Stan & Ollie$6,099713%93$678$5,461,85318Sony Pictures Classics
36Carmine Street Guitars$6,090--1--$6,090$9,2251Abramorama
37Mary Magdalene$5,324-80%13-27$410$121,4823IFC Films
38Fast Color$4,665-88%6-19$778$61,1482Lionsgate
39Who Will Write Our History$4,003--3--$1,334$131,36915Abramorama
40The Brink$3,916-21%14-1$280$96,0565Magnolia Pictures
41Christ Stopped at Eboli$3,87962%21$1,940$44,0614Rialto Pictures
42They Shall Not Grow Old$3,754-87%15-100$250$17,947,08219Warner Bros.
43Shoplifters$3,578204%31$1,193$3,311,68723Magnolia Pictures
44Capernaum$3,373-64%9-2$375$1,651,09920Sony Pictures Classics
45The Invisibles$2,830-20%4-2$708$401,10914Greenwich Entertainment
46Working Woman$2,591-49%1-2$2,591$35,5825Zeitgeist
47Run The Race$2,384-81%8-31$298$6,423,19410Roadside Attractions
48Master Z: Ip Man Legacy$2,379-93%5-27$476$207,5703Well Go USA Entertainment
49Ash is Purest White$2,127-84%5-12$425$394,0527Cohen Media Group
50Monty Python's Life of Brian (40th Anniversary)$2,099-88%23-24$91$157,9173Trafalgar Releasing
51Faith, Hope & Love$1,794-63%1-4$1,794$192,5757ArtAffects Entertainment
52Body at Brighton Rock$1,732--8--$217$1,7321Magnolia Pictures
53Chasing Portraits$1,708--1--$1,708$1,7081First Run Features
54Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$1,471-66%1-1$1,471$28,6693Kino Lorber
553 Faces$1,251-73%5-1$250$66,2328Kino Lorber
56Under the Sea 3D$1,095202%73$156$36,063,373533Warner Bros. / IMAX
57The Last Resort$937344%20$469$157,84319Kino Lober Films
58Styx$928-83%1-2$928$67,8799Film Movement
59Made Me Do It$890-35%10$890$7,4823Indican Pictures
60Okko's Inn$763--1--$763$125,9361GKIDS
61Off Season$75262%10$752$12,2227Indican Pictures
62Ruben Brandt, Collector$633369%30$211$114,53311Sony Pictures Classics
63Hotel By The River$621-23%10$621$24,95511Cinema Guild
64Knife+Heart$600-39%30$200$31,2117Altered Innocence
65Born to Be Wild 3D$530-41%3-3$177$25,856,807421Warner Bros. / IMAX
66The Wild Pear Tree$489-46%10$489$31,60313Cinema Guild
67The Heiresses$470--1--$470$72,50515Distrib Films US
68Free Solo$297-57%2-1$149$17,539,73631National Geographic Entertainment
69Virginia Minnesota$247-24%10$247$16,0319Indican Pictures
70Suburban Birds$51-95%1-1$51$6,6774Cinema Guild