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. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Men in Black: International$30,035,838--4,224--$7,111$30,035,8381Sony / Columbia
2The Secret Life of Pets 2$24,408,160-48%4,5643$5,348$92,652,5502Universal
4Rocketman$9,420,441-32%3,021-589$3,118$66,763,1663Paramount Pictures
5Dark Phoenix$9,354,868-72%3,7210$2,514$52,117,2182Fox
6Shaft$8,901,419--2,952--$3,015$8,901,4191Warner Bros.
7Godzilla: King of the Monsters$8,788,845-43%3,207-901$2,741$94,372,0173Warner Bros.
8John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$6,401,225-14%2,033-743$3,149$148,928,1305Lionsgate
9Late Night$5,255,6432034%2,2202216$2,367$5,568,4622Amazon Studios
10Avengers: Endgame$3,725,855-24%1,450-671$2,570$830,700,2148Disney
11Ma (2019)$3,718,975-52%1,794-1022$2,073$40,458,9703Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Dead Don't Die$2,540,240--613--$4,144$2,540,2401Focus Features
2POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$1,292,238-59%984-1177$1,313$140,800,3196Warner Bros.
3Booksmart$864,750-46%577-557$1,499$19,752,1694United Artists Releasing
4A Dog's Journey$455,695-65%310-321$1,470$21,819,2505Universal Pictures
5Bharat$377,616-70%202-109$1,869$2,684,9102Viva Pictures
6Brightburn$250,952-56%307-706$817$17,045,3844Sony Pictures
7The Biggest Little Farm$225,488-41%176-109$1,281$2,965,3526Neon
8The Hustle$165,702-66%242-174$685$34,903,9696United Artists Releasing
9The Intruder$148,126-53%134-172$1,105$35,244,0307Sony / Screen Gems
10Dumbo$143,49634%15038$957$114,026,81412Walt Disney Pictures
11Shazam!$134,755-23%160-45$842$139,765,14811Warner Bros.
12American Woman$110,552--117--$945$110,5521Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment
13Captain Marvel$110,047-33%161-14$684$426,635,99915Disney
14All Is True$87,614-61%190-138$461$968,9436Sony Pictures Classics
15Long Shot$65,791-36%133-14$495$30,276,6597Lionsgate
16Breakthrough$63,839-22%107-30$597$40,574,221920th Century Fox
17UglyDolls$62,370-35%139-49$449$19,957,0347STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Last Black Man in San Francisco$380,92162%3629$10,581$733,0872A24
2Pavarotti$221,20754%480$4,608$450,2122CBS Films
3Echo In the Canyon$206,8242%6825$3,042$805,1124Greenwich Entertainment
4A Brother's Love$83,19640%171$4,894$212,4242Entertainment One
5The Curse of La Llorona$71,592-30%82-38$873$54,565,2239Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Souvenir$55,692-66%83-62$671$841,2725A24
7Poms$33,565-63%87-90$386$13,596,6966STX Entertainment
8The Tomorrow Man$31,322-79%78-133$402$331,8474Bleecker Street
9The Spy Behind Home Plate$26,015-32%256$1,041$127,0564The Ciesla Foundation
10Non-Fiction$24,396-60%42-47$581$614,8227IFC Films
11The White Crow$24,276-52%34-35$714$1,715,3798Sony Pictures Classics
12Framing John Delorean$22,644224%1110$2,059$31,9492IFC Films
14Hampstead$17,141--12--$1,428$17,1411IFC Films
15Amazing Grace$16,612-62%27-32$615$4,353,58211Neon
16Killer Unicorn$15,515--5--$3,103$15,5151Indican Pictures
17Apollo 11$13,8254%5-5$2,765$8,814,16116Neon
18Paris Is Burning (2019 re-issue)$10,839--1--$10,839$10,8391Janus Films
19The Reports on Sarah and Saleem$10,102--4--$2,526$11,1221Dada Films
20Red Joan$9,155-53%17-14$539$1,565,5119IFC Films
21Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation$9,150-25%9-2$1,017$57,4314PBS Distribution
22Missing Link$5,43623%26-1$209$16,627,67210United Artists Releasing
23The Fall of The American Empire$4,834-63%8-6$604$2,785,95951Sony Pictures Classics
24Long Day's Journey Into Night$4,761-34%4-3$1,190$432,07210Kino Lorber
25War and Peace$4,106--2--$2,053$116,58518Janus Films
26Hubble 3D$3,697--4--$924$52,437,951483Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Meeting Gorbachev$3,349-76%7-12$478$224,49771091
28Our Time$3,000--1--$3,000$3,0001Monument Releasing
29Walking On Water$2,493-58%4-2$623$73,5115Kino Lorber
30Wild Nights with Emily$2,322-40%8-3$290$512,28310Greenwich Entertainment
31Under the Sea 3D$2,225-47%7-3$318$36,105,341540Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank$2,184-46%31$728$18,0613Greenwich Entertainment
34Zen For Nothing$1,857--2--$929$12,10712Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
35Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$1,80332%10$1,803$36,2585Rialto Pictures
36Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,676587%53$335$57,7139Zeitgeist Films
37Hesburgh$1,648-54%30$549$189,5218mTuckman Media
38The Church$1,592-57%4-8$398$770,0964Indican Pictures
39The Lumber Baron$1,564-77%2-4$782$76,1054Indican Pictures
40Born to Be Wild 3D$1,44481%50$289$25,890,707428Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Ask Dr. Ruth$1,397116%40$349$282,1257Magnolia Pictures
42Diamantino$1,371-65%3-1$457$50,6594Kino Lorber
43Back to the Fatherland$1,312--1--$1,312$1,3121First Run Features
44Hail Satan?$1,171-79%4-5$293$419,1679Magnolia Pictures
45Rafiki$1,099-14%4-1$275$130,5649Film Movement
46Dogman$1,066-67%105$107$101,19510Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
47In the Aisles$922--1--$922$9221Music Box Films
48Ghost Fleet$710--3--$237$7,8502Abramorama
49The Third Wife$639-89%2-6$320$47,4685Film Movement
50Zilla & Zoe$465-83%1-2$465$31,2245Indican Pictures
51Working Woman$416--2--$208$61,48912Zeitgeist
52Shed of the Dead$389-71%1-1$389$38,6995Indican Pictures
53Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$37334%32$124$117,34410Kino Lorber
54High on the Hog$30246%10$302$45,5999Indican Pictures
55Made Me Do It$278--1--$278$11,03710Indican Pictures
563 Faces$201--1--$201$70,23615Kino Lorber
57Babylon (1981)$104-90%1-1$104$98,58815Kino Lorber Films
58Pasolini$90-87%20$45$24,2046Kino Lorber
59Grass$62--1--$62$6,8029Cinema Guild