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, Jul. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

1The Lion King$76,621,553-60%4,7250$16,216$351,873,0872Walt Disney Pictures
2Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$41,082,018--3,659--$11,228$41,082,0181Sony Pictures
3Spider-Man: Far from Home$12,452,143-41%3,851-564$3,233$344,707,4134Sony / Columbia
4Toy Story 4$10,453,633-33%3,610-140$2,896$396,210,1396Disney
5Crawl$4,062,256-33%2,720-450$1,493$31,525,0493Paramount Pictures
6Yesterday$3,079,675-39%2,550-112$1,208$63,421,2255Universal Pictures
8Stuber$1,760,271-57%2,150-900$819$20,182,260320th Century Fox
9Annabelle Comes Home$1,553,447-40%1,287-694$1,207$69,730,4105Warner Bros.
10The Secret Life of Pets 2$921,925-40%1,001-379$921$153,728,1808Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Farewell$1,518,26033%135100$11,246$3,655,9473A24
2Avengers: Endgame$952,609-37%580-405$1,642$856,576,35814Disney
4Rocketman$468,543-51%518-202$905$94,952,4609Paramount Pictures
5John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$424,546-33%426-158$997$169,687,71111Lionsgate
6The Art of Self-Defense$328,352-70%541-9$607$2,072,5713Bleecker Street
7Men in Black: International$279,987-48%343-211$816$78,830,5897Sony / Columbia
8Godzilla: King of the Monsters$222,53932%23820$935$109,935,0549Warner Bros.
9Booksmart$209,042114%555472$377$22,452,22510United Artists Releasing
10Maiden$204,010-19%11329$1,805$1,158,8345Sony Pictures Classics
11Super 30$188,082-57%128-61$1,469$2,110,6903Reliance Entertainment
12Pavarotti$135,552-43%135-8$1,004$4,235,6508CBS Films
13The Last Black Man in San Francisco$132,765-46%114-35$1,165$4,105,3068A24
14Dark Phoenix$121,211-35%145-40$836$65,595,1838Fox
15Echo In the Canyon$110,546-45%118-15$937$2,898,19110Greenwich Entertainment
16POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$108,194-5%155-10$698$143,841,46712Warner Bros.
17Shaft$101,077-38%153-75$661$21,229,8737Warner Bros.
18Wild Rose$91,860-65%144-51$638$1,402,3926Neon
19Child's Play$89,761-27%125-82$718$29,063,2666United Artists Releasing
20Late Night$85,677-43%118-28$726$15,305,2868Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

1Menteur$314,728-33%88-1$3,576$2,602,6203Entertainment One
2Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$99,528-21%8328$1,199$545,6194Roadside Attractions
3The Fighting Preacher$60,224--28--$2,151$128,9781Purdie Distribution
4Sword of Trust$44,825-26%4432$1,019$145,8093IFC Films
5The Biggest Little Farm$41,851-36%61-8$686$4,147,51912Neon
6Anna$39,987-17%44-29$909$7,678,7556Lionsgate / Summit
7The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$37,522-2%33-12$1,137$1,480,7205ArtAffects Entertainment
8Unplanned$34,4851%15-4$2,299$18,958,26118Pure Flix
10Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$29,127-52%63-75$462$544,5553Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11David Crosby: Remember My Name$28,974-33%117$2,634$85,8252Sony Pictures Classics
12Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$27,850-45%39-16$714$527,2436Magnolia Pictures
13Mike Wallace is Here$19,437--3--$6,479$19,4371Magnolia Pictures
14The Mountain$15,785--2--$7,893$16,9281Kino Lorber
15Dumbo$13,799-60%45-20$307$114,737,48818Walt Disney Pictures
16Rojo$11,497-49%72$1,642$61,7913Distrib Films
17For Sama$9,350--3--$3,117$9,3501PBS Distribution
18The Reports on Sarah and Saleem$8,354-49%8-2$1,044$99,9587Dada Films
19Hampstead$7,562-27%100$756$131,7097IFC Films
20The Other Story$7,357-35%8-2$920$79,6715Strand Releasing
21A Brother's Love$7,079-33%8-1$885$481,1808Entertainment One
22A Faithful Man$3,890-47%10$3,890$37,4132Kino Lorber
23Free Trip To Egypt$3,358-63%21$1,679$21,2309Matson Films
24The Ground Beneath My Feet$3,295--1--$3,295$3,2951Strand Releasing
25The White Crow$3,21812%7-3$460$1,825,27514Sony Pictures Classics
26All Is True$3,134-49%7-3$448$1,191,72512Sony Pictures Classics
27Meeting Gorbachev$3,132876%42$783$245,726131091
28Under the Sea 3D$3,05225%41$763$36,139,575546Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$2,89972%3-2$966$83,17215Zeitgeist Films
30The Queen (2019 re-release)$2,747178%74$392$29,6855Kino Lorber
31Three Peaks$2,6250%73$375$12,0775Greenwich Entertainment
32Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$2,3921028%21$1,196$147,63216Kino Lorber
33Zilla & Zoe$1,685-15%1-1$1,685$36,48511Indican Pictures
34I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians$1,603-23%10$1,603$5,7342Big World Pictures
35At War$1,59313%10$1,593$3,9212Cinema Libre Studio
36The Fall of The American Empire$1,533-70%6-10$256$2,851,77957Sony Pictures Classics
37The Third Wife$1,116-99%21$558$81,01411Film Movement
38Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$1,028-45%1-2$1,028$55,21811Rialto Pictures
39The Lumber Baron$1,012-22%10$1,012$87,88110Indican Pictures
40Paris Is Burning (2019 re-issue)$1,001-68%40$250$112,8987Janus Films
41The Cranes Are Flying$975-41%10$975$16,9903Janus Films
42Non-Fiction$913-31%61$152$704,91913IFC Films
43That Part Feeling$820--1--$820$5,2029Film Movement
44Streetwise$791-84%10$791$8,3042Janus Films
45The Quiet One$741-42%4-5$185$37,0106IFC Films IFC Films
46Long Day's Journey Into Night$636-77%20$318$478,54516Kino Lorber
47Between Me and My Mind$630-96%1-15$630$813,6692Trafalgar Releasing
48Framing John Delorean$597-75%5-3$119$145,6258IFC Films
49Cassandro, The Exotico!$595-74%21$298$8,5732Film Movement
50Killer Unicorn$565-40%10$565$32,9017Indican Pictures
51Shadow$552-20%10$552$515,33113Well Go USA Entertainment
52Pasolini$334--1--$334$30,10412Kino Lorber
53Suburban Birds$247--1--$247$9,07817Cinema Guild
54Rafiki$167-82%10$167$137,23815Film Movement
55Walking On Water$166-84%1-3$166$97,08611Kino Lorber
56In the Aisles$149-94%1-5$149$23,0887Music Box Films
57Yomeddine$125-11%21$63$8,8229Strand Releasing
58The Cure: Anniversary 1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park$112-77%1-3$112$373,4274Trafalgar Releasing
59The Chambermaid$61-96%1-2$61$64,3655Kino Lorber
60Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell$36-98%10$36$2,1332Janus Films
61Diamantino$30-96%10$30$66,52710Kino Lorber