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. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Toy Story 4$120,908,065--4,575--$26,428$120,908,0651Disney
2Child's Play$14,094,594--3,007--$4,687$14,094,5941United Artists Releasing
4Men in Black: International$10,701,557-64%4,2240$2,534$52,641,2112Sony / Columbia
5The Secret Life of Pets 2$10,270,955-58%3,804-760$2,700$117,564,4903Universal
6Rocketman$5,605,936-40%2,414-607$2,322$77,284,3254Paramount Pictures
7John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$4,085,828-36%1,607-426$2,543$156,078,2526Lionsgate
8Godzilla: King of the Monsters$3,855,801-56%2,368-839$1,628$102,501,4384Warner Bros.
9Anna$3,600,647--2,114--$1,703$3,600,6471Lionsgate / Summit
10Dark Phoenix$3,532,525-62%2,054-1667$1,720$60,091,8363Fox
11Shaft$3,517,443-60%2,9520$1,192$15,903,8372Warner Bros.
12Late Night$2,552,444-51%2,172-48$1,175$10,641,4233Amazon Studios

Limited (100 — 999)

1Avengers: Endgame$1,987,849-47%985-465$2,018$834,596,8159Disney
2The Dead Don't Die$1,163,715-54%69077$1,687$4,791,6302Focus Features
3Ma (2019)$1,149,475-69%862-932$1,333$43,699,2404Universal Pictures
4Pavarotti$431,14095%13587$3,194$1,014,2283CBS Films
5Booksmart$425,413-51%227-350$1,874$20,731,4755United Artists Releasing
6POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$370,212-71%366-618$1,012$142,030,6947Warner Bros.
7The Biggest Little Farm$164,279-27%134-42$1,226$3,279,6207Neon
8Dumbo$119,146-17%140-10$851$114,264,80313Walt Disney Pictures
9Shazam!$117,374-13%145-15$809$139,961,29012Warner Bros.
10A Dog's Journey$109,180-76%171-139$638$22,101,1306Universal Pictures
11The Hustle$96,771-42%115-127$841$35,106,3117United Artists Releasing
12Captain Marvel$61,074-45%145-16$421$426,750,60416Disney
13UglyDolls$43,998-29%105-34$419$20,062,5888STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Last Black Man in San Francisco$410,4448%7236$5,701$1,339,4323A24
2Echo In the Canyon$225,3569%8113$2,782$1,142,5805Greenwich Entertainment
3Brightburn$100,269-60%95-212$1,055$17,259,4275Sony Pictures
4The Intruder$68,793-54%70-64$983$35,388,9768Sony / Screen Gems
5Wild Rose$56,674--5--$11,335$56,6741Neon
6The Curse of La Llorona$52,831-26%61-21$866$54,658,39310Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spy Behind Home Plate$50,15093%316$1,618$191,4565The Ciesla Foundation
8Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$48,050--4--$12,013$48,0501Magnolia Pictures
9All Is True$46,813-47%77-113$608$1,075,6817Sony Pictures Classics
10Breakthrough$38,535-40%72-35$535$40,652,8991020th Century Fox
11The Souvenir$31,972-43%50-33$639$907,2326A24
12A Brother's Love$26,943-68%203$1,347$283,3813Entertainment One
13Apollo 11$24,21375%50$4,843$8,859,13817Neon
14Non-Fiction$21,722-11%32-10$679$652,4288IFC Films
15Framing John Delorean$21,218-6%2817$758$75,0833IFC Films
16American Woman$20,469-81%38-79$539$203,8762Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment
17Hampstead$16,379-4%186$910$45,0802IFC Films
18Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch$13,896--3--$4,632$154,4763Well Go USA
19Amazing Grace$12,558-24%270$465$4,378,42612Neon
20The White Crow$11,393-53%16-18$712$1,740,2849Sony Pictures Classics
21Paris Is Burning (2019 re-issue)$10,629-2%21$5,315$35,1392Janus Films
22Dogman$9,483790%8-2$1,185$111,01811Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
23The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil$9,180--5--$1,836$197,8483Well Go USA Entertainment
24The Fall of The American Empire$8,53577%102$854$2,797,76552Sony Pictures Classics
26The Quiet One$7,695--6--$1,283$7,6951IFC Films IFC Films
27Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation$7,435-19%7-2$1,062$72,1295PBS Distribution
28The Reports on Sarah and Saleem$7,332-27%3-1$2,444$23,8682Dada Films
29Killer Unicorn$6,980-55%4-1$1,745$24,2102Indican Pictures
30Hubble 3D$6,71982%2-2$3,360$52,451,081484Warner Bros. / IMAX
31In the Aisles$5,963547%43$1,491$7,6262Music Box Films
32Long Day's Journey Into Night$5,88324%51$1,177$441,91511Kino Lorber
33Before Stonewall$4,588--1--$4,588$4,5881First Run Features
34The Third Wife$4,448596%53$890$52,8796Film Movement
35Shadow$3,998--5--$800$495,6588Well Go USA Entertainment
36Walking On Water$3,74950%62$625$78,5446Kino Lorber
37Missing Link$3,313-39%15-11$221$16,636,52111United Artists Releasing
38Red Joan$3,278-64%8-9$410$1,575,79610IFC Films
39Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$3,00379%4-1$751$62,35710Zeitgeist Films
40War and Peace$2,890-30%20$1,445$121,58619Janus Films
41Christ Stopped at Eboli$2,662--1--$2,662$45,83912Rialto Pictures
42The Lumber Baron$2,58265%20$1,291$80,8875Indican Pictures
43Under the Sea 3D$1,987-11%70$284$36,110,866541Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Meeting Gorbachev$1,928-42%4-3$482$228,52881091
46Pasolini$1,8411946%31$614$26,1577Kino Lorber
47Hail Satan?$1,74149%62$290$423,17710Magnolia Pictures
48Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$1,712359%2-1$856$131,18011Kino Lorber
49Hesburgh$1,6681%2-1$834$193,0069mTuckman Media
50Ask Dr. Ruth$818-41%3-1$273$285,8848Magnolia Pictures
51The Church$646-59%1-3$646$771,4545Indican Pictures
52Ramen Shop$535--2--$268$88,28714Strand Releasing
53Born to Be Wild 3D$430-70%4-1$108$25,892,314429Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Yomeddine$424--2--$212$7,3574Strand Releasing
55Transit$338--1--$338$815,29017Music Box Films
56Rafiki$335-70%3-1$112$132,80810Film Movement
57Diamantino$144-89%30$48$51,8045Kino Lorber
583 Faces$65-68%10$65$70,30116Kino Lorber
59The Wandering Soap Opera$48--1--$48$2,0076Cinema Guild