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, May. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

1John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$56,818,067--3,850--$14,758$56,818,0671Lionsgate
2Avengers: Endgame$29,973,505-53%4,220-442$7,103$771,368,3754Disney
3POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$25,108,159-54%4,24846$5,911$94,295,0052Warner Bros.
4A Dog's Journey$8,030,085--3,267--$2,458$8,030,0851Universal Pictures
5The Hustle$6,139,638-53%3,07770$1,995$23,204,3622United Artists Releasing
6The Intruder$4,017,808-44%2,2319$1,801$28,050,9493Sony / Screen Gems
7Long Shot$3,341,917-47%2,110-1120$1,584$25,664,9633Lionsgate
8The Sun Is Also A Star$2,511,530--2,073--$1,212$2,511,5301Warner Bros.
9Poms$2,180,698-59%2,7500$793$10,110,8902STX Entertainment
10UglyDolls$1,779,617-57%2,030-1622$877$17,433,2853STX Entertainment
11Breakthrough$1,081,480-58%1,375-527$787$39,012,955520th Century Fox
12Tolkien$731,445-67%1,5016$487$3,768,1842Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Curse of La Llorona$890,020-52%651-531$1,367$53,005,3825Warner Bros. / New Line
2Captain Marvel$735,998-60%726-778$1,014$425,152,51711Disney
3Shazam!$660,710-36%536-400$1,233$138,067,6137Warner Bros.
4De De Pyaar De$425,934--104--$4,096$425,9341Yash Raj Films
5Dumbo$309,302-58%415-422$745$111,521,4098Walt Disney Pictures
6Little (2019)$279,785-59%314-272$891$40,195,7956Universal Pictures
7The White Crow$231,37955%13686$1,701$702,9664Sony Pictures Classics
8Amazing Grace$220,545-40%227-33$972$3,728,2297Neon
9Pet Sematary$175,055-34%226-78$775$54,526,0107Paramount Pictures
10Red Joan$164,116-35%192-3$855$1,174,0465IFC Films
11How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$157,20010%177-10$888$160,346,07516Universal / DreamWorks Animation
12Us (2019)$145,640-43%195-71$747$174,683,4409Universal Pictures
13Student of the Year 2$103,381-78%189-1$547$724,0582FIP
14Trial By Fire$78,817--109--$723$78,8171Roadside Attractions
15Penguins$73,873-45%115-170$642$7,295,3545Disney / Disneynature
16Missing Link$70,781-20%154-48$460$16,473,4286United Artists Releasing
17Five Feet Apart$57,11947%11629$492$45,652,37710CBS Films
18The Chaperone$37,38520%11267$334$528,2368PBS Distribution

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Biggest Little Farm$276,446150%4540$6,143$413,1542Neon
2The Souvenir$78,400--4--$19,600$78,4001A24
3Shadow$69,309-45%536$1,308$309,5693Well Go USA Entertainment
4All Is True$61,63739%2016$3,082$126,5102Sony Pictures Classics
5Non-Fiction$56,70428%2520$2,268$163,2913IFC Films
6Hail Satan?$36,360-44%56-8$649$332,4815Magnolia Pictures
7Photograph$35,796--13--$2,754$35,7961Amazon Studios
8Wild Nights with Emily$31,737-26%56-1$567$454,6356Greenwich Entertainment
9After (2019)$29,360-29%82-8$358$12,108,9696Aviron Pictures
10Ask Dr. Ruth$25,498-46%39-32$654$238,8753Magnolia Pictures
11Meeting Gorbachev$25,489-31%3617$708$101,81431091
12Unplanned$23,656-2%37-18$639$18,046,0898Pure Flix
13Hotel Mumbai$22,620-44%30-20$754$9,538,4929Bleecker Street
14Long Day's Journey Into Night$20,552-38%18-2$1,142$351,1886Kino Lorber
15Apollo 11$19,802-17%23-1$861$8,682,95112Neon
16Aniara$19,297--19--$1,016$19,2971Magnolia Pictures
17Shed of the Dead$18,960--10--$1,896$18,9601Indican Pictures
18High Life$12,874-59%22-30$585$1,203,9527A24
19Zilla & Zoe$11,392--4--$2,848$11,3921Indican Pictures
20Woman At War$10,740-27%18-3$597$813,08312Magnolia Pictures
21Walking On Water$10,654--2--$5,327$25,0831Kino Lorber
22The Man Who Killed Don Quixote$9,1043%12-2$759$362,8076Screen Media
23Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$7,644--1--$7,644$7,6441Rialto Pictures
24Charlie Says$5,607-73%15-23$374$36,5222IFC Films IFC Films
25Dogman$5,259-40%10-1$526$84,8446Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
26Rafiki$5,086-54%9-7$565$93,6955Film Movement
27Always Miss You$3,868-62%2-2$1,934$87,1443China Lion Film
28War and Peace$3,836--2--$1,918$66,22814Janus Films
29Working Woman$3,630-23%2-2$1,815$48,8348Zeitgeist
30Gloria Bell$3,492-72%9-15$388$5,607,41411A24
31Carmine Street Guitars$3,363-39%51$673$32,8054Abramorama
32The Third Wife$3,339--1--$3,339$6,7061Film Movement
33Ramen Shop$3,33214%6-1$555$74,8129Strand Releasing
34The Public$2,907-57%10-4$291$559,9357Greenwich Entertainment
35Pasolini$2,617-69%21$1,309$16,6372Kino Lorber
36Fighting With My Family$2,407-72%10-18$241$22,957,64314MGM
37Transit$2,347-59%4-1$587$803,52912Music Box Films
38Slaughterhouse Rulez$2,145--10--$215$2,1451SIR
39Sunset$2,047-69%11-26$186$161,3289Sony Pictures Classics
40Faith, Hope & Love$2,022-28%4-1$506$203,50910ArtAffects Entertainment
41Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$1,51514%3-1$505$51,7366Kino Lorber
42Never Look Away$1,482-70%30$494$1,300,12317Sony Pictures Classics
43Babylon$1,338-16%30$446$93,43511Kino Lorber Films
44Stan & Ollie$1,295874%2-1$648$5,470,23521Sony Pictures Classics
45Diane$1,233-75%5-11$247$339,1968IFC Films
46Savage$1,211-87%1-7$1,211$73,3253Well Go USA Entertainment
47Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,002-10%21$501$42,9405Zeitgeist Films
48Sauvage / Wild$950-70%4-1$238$52,2016Strand Releasing
49Chasing Portraits$832--1--$832$3,0764First Run Features
50Grass$662--2--$331$6,4695Cinema Guild
51Ruben Brandt, Collector$558-49%10$558$117,96314Sony Pictures Classics
52The Wandering Soap Opera$512--1--$512$5121Cinema Guild
53Capernaum$396-55%30$132$1,658,86723Sony Pictures Classics
54Made Me Do It$278-54%10$278$10,1516Indican Pictures
55High on the Hog$275-73%1-1$275$42,1545Indican Pictures
56Hagazussa$272-3%10$272$12,9585Doppelganger Releasing
57The Brink$124-91%3-4$41$105,3188Magnolia Pictures
583 Faces$84-45%1-1$84$68,54611Kino Lorber