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. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Godzilla: King of the Monsters$47,776,293--4,108--$11,630$47,776,2931Warner Bros.
3Rocketman$25,725,722--3,610--$7,126$25,725,7221Paramount Pictures
4Ma (2019)$18,099,805--2,808--$6,446$18,099,8051Universal Pictures
5John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$11,085,459-55%3,604-246$3,076$125,738,2713Lionsgate
6Avengers: Endgame$8,037,491-53%3,105-705$2,589$815,726,2756Disney
7POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$6,953,882-48%3,147-677$2,210$130,890,0934Warner Bros.
8Booksmart$3,301,392-52%2,51813$1,311$14,339,5762United Artists Releasing
9Brightburn$2,455,683-69%2,6070$942$14,353,2352Sony Pictures
10The Hustle$1,320,842-63%1,407-970$939$33,216,4444United Artists Releasing
11A Dog's Journey$1,114,385-73%1,674-1605$666$18,838,8553Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Intruder$800,836-65%807-805$992$34,198,0025Sony / Screen Gems
2Dumbo$597,546-45%230-116$2,598$113,583,42810Walt Disney Pictures
3Shazam!$487,17970%33754$1,446$139,177,5799Warner Bros.
4The Biggest Little Farm$435,323-17%27594$1,583$1,841,5084Neon
5Long Shot$334,770-79%477-881$702$29,904,4635Lionsgate
6UglyDolls$221,608-65%296-794$749$19,588,8055STX Entertainment
7Poms$207,644-68%374-537$555$13,213,8104STX Entertainment
8Captain Marvel$188,866-54%162-138$1,166$426,200,29913Disney
9The Curse of La Llorona$181,393-63%167-192$1,086$54,270,6387Warner Bros. / New Line
10Breakthrough$148,151-61%251-300$590$40,286,739720th Century Fox
11The White Crow$125,083-63%212-144$590$1,525,8606Sony Pictures Classics
12Little (2019)$76,910-48%111-72$693$40,630,0408Universal Pictures
13Us (2019)$71,250-22%116-20$614$174,964,03011Universal Pictures
14Amazing Grace$70,712-60%100-52$707$4,217,5599Neon
15How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$47,665-59%118-39$404$160,644,24018Universal / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Souvenir$133,420-4%7451$1,803$460,2363A24
2Penguins$101,254107%45-15$2,250$7,609,0077Disney / Disneynature
3Echo In the Canyon$96,805-18%1412$6,915$251,6072Greenwich Entertainment
4All Is True$90,704-33%8117$1,120$464,9044Sony Pictures Classics
5The Church$82,082-70%91-161$902$735,5182Indican Pictures
6Non-Fiction$76,305-38%8424$908$455,1465IFC Films
7Mayday Life 3D$47,769--8--$5,971$47,7691China Lion Film
8Red Joan$47,375-59%74-59$640$1,499,5867IFC Films
9Photograph$44,324-66%81-42$547$302,4633Amazon Studios
10Tolkien$43,180-69%94-95$459$4,476,9594Fox Searchlight
11The Sun Is Also A Star$26,735-97%95-1978$281$4,929,1173Warner Bros.
12The Tomorrow Man$24,48034%1814$1,360$58,5542Bleecker Street
13The Spy Behind Home Plate$22,950124%54$4,590$38,4032The Ciesla Foundation
14Shadow$19,140-53%20-12$957$443,4875Well Go USA Entertainment
15India's Most Wanted$18,111-82%80-30$226$168,0162FIP
16Apollo 11$16,249-36%15-5$1,083$8,755,34414Neon
17The Fall of The American Empire$15,539--9--$1,727$2,736,37449Sony Pictures Classics
18Meeting Gorbachev$15,397-54%26-16$592$189,12051091
20Missing Link$12,223-78%50-60$244$16,603,5268United Artists Releasing
21Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation$12,15049%75$1,736$22,1422PBS Distribution
22The Lumber Baron$11,976-20%8-3$1,497$51,4992Indican Pictures
23Hotel Mumbai$9,807-68%33-33$297$9,613,64711Bleecker Street
24Hail Satan?$8,465-55%24-15$353$400,2977Magnolia Pictures
25Long Day's Journey Into Night$7,292-47%12-3$608$404,6568Kino Lorber
26The Third Wife$6,937-39%82$867$32,9863Film Movement
27Walking On Water$5,647-67%8-1$706$59,6723Kino Lorber
28Rafiki$4,932-36%8-3$617$117,7437Film Movement
29The Proposal$4,876-60%32$1,625$19,4712Oscilloscope Laboratories
30The Man Who Killed Don Quixote$4,674-18%10-1$467$380,6798Screen Media
31The Chaperone$4,639-65%14-8$331$585,85810PBS Distribution
32Unplanned$4,575-75%27-37$169$18,100,59510Pure Flix
33Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank$4,248--1--$4,248$6,6431Greenwich Entertainment
34Diamantino$4,202-34%32$1,401$40,5902Kino Lorber
35Yomeddine$4,013--4--$1,003$4,0131Strand Releasing
36Zilla & Zoe$3,97842%3-2$1,326$23,7993Indican Pictures
37Ask Dr. Ruth$3,941-63%14-7$282$275,6765Magnolia Pictures
38Wild Nights with Emily$3,896-68%13-13$300$499,2218Greenwich Entertainment
39Shed of the Dead$3,89447%3-4$1,298$33,5033Indican Pictures
40Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$3,8007%21$1,900$28,0373Rialto Pictures
41Sauvage / Wild$3,127612%42$782$57,3378Strand Releasing
42Woman At War$2,946-50%8-10$368$836,13214Magnolia Pictures
43War and Peace$2,368-91%1-2$2,368$108,04716Janus Films
44Hotel By The River$2,254553%10$2,254$27,83216Cinema Guild
45Pasolini$2,036159%32$679$21,5074Kino Lorber
46Free Trip To Egypt$1,718--1--$1,718$1,7181Matson Films
47Transit$1,538-18%3-1$513$810,64914Music Box Films
48Relaxer$1,410--4--$353$6,13310Oscilloscope Laboratories
49Carmine Street Guitars$1,263-70%2-3$632$42,7306Abramorama
50Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,214-80%5-9$243$55,2177Zeitgeist Films
51The Garden$1,141--1--$1,141$3,8891
52Dogman$1,122-42%3-2$374$92,4148Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
53Faith, Hope & Love$1,108-30%20$554$208,57012ArtAffects Entertainment
54After (2019)$889-89%3-31$296$12,137,9078Aviron Pictures
55Ramen Shop$869-72%50$174$83,62711Strand Releasing
56High on the Hog$8043%10$804$44,3687Indican Pictures
57Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$713-4%20$357$89,4768Kino Lorber
58Working Woman$701-61%21$351$54,26010Zeitgeist
59Aniara$566-79%2-1$283$38,9083Magnolia Pictures
60Never Look Away$549--4--$137$1,303,74719Sony Pictures Classics
61Under the Sea 3D$5129%61$85$36,086,301538Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Hubble 3D$327-69%3-3$109$52,427,875481Warner Bros. / IMAX
63The Wandering Soap Opera$120--1--$120$1,0643Cinema Guild
64The Wild Pear Tree$116--1--$116$32,97618Cinema Guild
65Deep Sea 3D$97-65%2-2$49$46,398,000692Warner Bros. / IMAX