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. 7 - Sun, Jun. 9

Wide (1000+)

1The Secret Life of Pets 2$46,652,680--4,561--$10,229$47,577,6801Universal
2Dark Phoenix$32,828,348--3,721--$8,822$32,828,3481Fox
4Godzilla: King of the Monsters$15,450,407-68%4,1080$3,761$78,507,5042Warner Bros.
5Rocketman$13,816,016-46%3,6100$3,827$50,314,7722Paramount Pictures
6Ma (2019)$7,827,690-57%2,8168$2,780$32,775,7652Universal Pictures
7John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$7,416,698-33%2,776-828$2,672$138,679,6964Lionsgate
8Avengers: Endgame$4,870,963-39%2,121-984$2,297$824,436,9037Disney
9POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$3,188,152-54%2,161-986$1,475$137,609,8715Warner Bros.
10Booksmart$1,595,903-52%1,134-1384$1,407$17,833,3163United Artists Releasing
11Brightburn$571,438-77%1,013-1594$564$16,397,8343Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1A Dog's Journey$1,295,28016%631-1043$2,053$20,976,1004Universal Pictures
2Bharat$1,252,378--311--$4,027$1,835,0301Viva Pictures
3The Hustle$485,210-63%416-991$1,166$34,498,5655United Artists Releasing
4The Biggest Little Farm$382,970-12%28510$1,344$2,489,3965Neon
5The Intruder$315,446-61%306-501$1,031$34,951,6266Sony / Screen Gems
6All Is True$226,606150%328247$691$741,6535Sony Pictures Classics
7Shazam!$174,657-64%205-132$852$139,539,18710Warner Bros.
8The Souvenir$164,68523%14571$1,136$691,3754A24
9Captain Marvel$164,473-13%17513$940$426,438,52814Disney
10The Tomorrow Man$145,790496%211193$691$217,0353Bleecker Street
11Dumbo$107,123-82%112-118$956$113,825,30511Walt Disney Pictures
12Long Shot$103,551-69%147-330$704$30,170,0076Lionsgate
13The Curse of La Llorona$102,529-43%120-47$854$54,443,0828Warner Bros. / New Line
14UglyDolls$95,223-57%188-108$507$19,819,7416STX Entertainment
15Poms$89,926-57%177-197$508$13,487,5615STX Entertainment
16Breakthrough$81,448-45%137-114$595$40,458,283820th Century Fox
17How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$70,77048%106-12$668$160,769,47519Universal / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

1Late Night$246,305--4--$61,576$246,3051Amazon Studios
2The Last Black Man in San Francisco$235,272--7--$33,610$235,2721A24
3Echo In the Canyon$202,335109%4329$4,705$498,0793Greenwich Entertainment
4Pavarotti$144,032--48--$3,001$144,0321CBS Films
5The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil$78,655--21--$3,745$78,6551Well Go USA Entertainment
6Non-Fiction$61,629-19%895$692$555,8566IFC Films
7Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch$60,971--16--$3,811$60,9711Well Go USA
8A Brother's Love$59,438--16--$3,715$59,4381Entertainment One
9The White Crow$50,120-60%69-143$726$1,655,4307Sony Pictures Classics
10Amazing Grace$43,769-38%59-41$742$4,306,78510Neon
11The Spy Behind Home Plate$38,08066%1914$2,004$84,0613The Ciesla Foundation
12Red Joan$19,650-59%31-43$634$1,544,1348IFC Films
14Penguins$16,654-84%5510$303$7,675,1718Disney / Disneynature
15Tolkien$16,592-62%42-52$395$4,523,9625Fox Searchlight
16Meeting Gorbachev$13,695-11%19-7$721$213,15361091
17This One's For The Ladies$13,688--1--$13,688$13,6881Super LTD / Neon
18Apollo 11$13,231-19%10-5$1,323$8,781,52915Neon
19The Fall of The American Empire$13,102-16%145$936$2,758,04050Sony Pictures Classics
20Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation$12,1250%114$1,102$41,9443PBS Distribution
21Mayday Life 3D$11,346-76%80$1,418$78,9662China Lion Film
22Shadow$10,784-44%12-8$899$469,5866Well Go USA Entertainment
23Photograph$10,333-77%20-61$517$336,8814Amazon Studios
24Long Day's Journey Into Night$7,241-1%7-5$1,034$420,4869Kino Lorber
25Framing John Delorean$6,991--1--$6,991$6,9911IFC Films
26The Lumber Baron$6,678-44%6-2$1,113$68,6733Indican Pictures
27Walking On Water$5,9185%6-2$986$68,2474Kino Lorber
28Hail Satan?$5,693-33%9-15$633$414,3568Magnolia Pictures
29The Third Wife$5,630-19%80$704$43,0424Film Movement
30Missing Link$4,405-64%27-23$163$16,617,0649United Artists Releasing
31Under the Sea 3D$4,222725%104$422$36,100,695539Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank$4,027-5%21$2,014$13,2992Greenwich Entertainment
33Diamantino$3,863-8%41$966$46,9443Kino Lorber
34Wild Nights with Emily$3,850-1%11-2$350$505,5429Greenwich Entertainment
35The Church$3,660-96%12-79$305$766,2963Indican Pictures
36Hesburgh$3,572--3--$1,191$185,3717mTuckman Media
37Dogman$3,201185%52$640$97,2709Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
38Zilla & Zoe$2,718-32%30$906$29,5234Indican Pictures
39Woman At War$2,143-27%7-1$306$844,07215Magnolia Pictures
40Free Trip To Egypt$2,03218%21$1,016$4,5302Matson Films
41Ramen Shop$1,941123%3-2$647$86,06012Strand Releasing
43Unplanned$1,619-65%5-22$324$18,106,65711Pure Flix
44Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$1,365-64%1-1$1,365$32,7154Rialto Pictures
45Shed of the Dead$1,356-65%2-1$678$37,5804Indican Pictures
46Rafiki$1,275-74%5-3$255$128,3618Film Movement
47Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,216--3--$405$11,261,666271Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Babylon (1981)$1,023--2--$512$97,80814Kino Lorber Films
49Carmine Street Guitars$848-33%20$424$44,0377Abramorama
50Sauvage / Wild$811-74%1-3$811$60,5689Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$796--5--$159$25,886,863427Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Aniara$72929%20$365$39,9554Magnolia Pictures
53Pasolini$719-65%2-1$360$23,7315Kino Lorber
54Ask Dr. Ruth$646-84%4-10$162$280,2106Magnolia Pictures
55Transit$442-71%1-2$442$813,24615Music Box Films
56Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$278-61%1-1$278$101,8699Kino Lorber
57Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$244-80%2-3$122$55,8058Zeitgeist Films
58High on the Hog$207-74%10$207$44,9518Indican Pictures
59Faith, Hope & Love$178-84%1-1$178$209,99013ArtAffects Entertainment
60Suburban Birds$140--1--$140$8,56010Cinema Guild
61The Wandering Soap Opera$1233%10$123$1,4524Cinema Guild