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, Aug. 2 - Sun, Aug. 4

Wide (1000+)

1Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$60,038,950--4,253--$14,117$60,038,9501Universal Pictures
2The Lion King$38,520,022-50%4,80277$8,022$431,163,1003Walt Disney Pictures
3Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$20,010,534-51%3,6590$5,469$78,828,0092Sony Pictures
4Spider-Man: Far from Home$7,904,057-37%3,446-405$2,294$360,477,9825Sony / Columbia
5Toy Story 4$7,349,131-30%3,225-385$2,279$410,249,8747Disney
6Yesterday$2,468,080-20%1,837-713$1,344$67,930,7356Universal Pictures
7Crawl$2,186,316-46%2,085-635$1,049$36,127,0894Paramount Pictures
9Stuber$574,461-67%1,080-1070$532$21,820,994420th Century Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Farewell$2,412,50359%409274$5,899$6,825,7104A24
2Annabelle Comes Home$878,234-43%919-368$956$71,578,3466Warner Bros.
3The Secret Life of Pets 2$741,830-20%779-222$952$155,420,8559Universal
5Avengers: Endgame$383,158-60%420-160$912$857,479,49315Disney
6Rocketman$294,009-37%354-164$831$95,555,55810Paramount Pictures
7John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$243,470-43%339-87$718$170,179,32712Lionsgate
8Maiden$223,46310%13118$1,706$1,519,6656Sony Pictures Classics
9Men in Black: International$163,377-42%251-92$651$79,181,0788Sony / Columbia
10Godzilla: King of the Monsters$123,196-45%192-46$642$110,197,69710Warner Bros.
11Dark Phoenix$100,292-17%125-20$802$65,755,7819Fox
12Echo In the Canyon$85,801-22%104-14$825$3,067,61111Greenwich Entertainment
13Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$73,284-26%10118$726$692,9655Roadside Attractions
14POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$66,713-38%134-21$498$143,985,16413Warner Bros.
15The Art of Self-Defense$56,605-83%110-431$515$2,368,8004Bleecker Street
16Shaft$41,944-59%108-45$388$21,322,6148Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Menteur$215,603-31%76-12$2,837$3,188,3014Entertainment One
3The Last Black Man in San Francisco$89,793-32%74-40$1,213$4,277,0319A24
4Pavarotti$86,156-36%94-41$917$4,425,5379CBS Films
5Super 30$83,363-56%77-51$1,083$2,269,8784Reliance Entertainment
6David Crosby: Remember My Name$72,073149%2918$2,485$174,3313Sony Pictures Classics
7Sword of Trust$60,97836%7834$782$245,3474IFC Films
8Child's Play$57,227-36%90-35$636$29,176,5327United Artists Releasing
9Wild Rose$56,414-39%87-57$648$1,513,2787Neon
10The Fighting Preacher$55,075-9%379$1,489$264,8952Purdie Distribution
11The Biggest Little Farm$53,64528%53-8$1,012$4,230,90113Neon
12Mike Wallace is Here$49,129153%2118$2,339$76,9142Magnolia Pictures
13Tel Aviv on Fire$47,545--11--$4,322$47,5451Cohen Media Group
14Late Night$46,436-46%86-32$540$15,394,4939Amazon Studios
16The Nightingale (2019)$35,882--2--$17,941$35,8821IFC Films
17The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$34,700-8%30-3$1,157$1,555,6406ArtAffects Entertainment
18Exit$32,441--2--$16,221$32,4411CJ Entertainment
19Booksmart$31,561-85%55-500$574$22,657,88211United Artists Releasing
20Anna$23,783-41%26-18$915$7,734,1237Lionsgate / Summit
21Jay Myself$18,909--1--$18,909$27,5711Oscilloscope Laboratories
22Them That Follow$13,137--3--$4,379$13,13711091
23Union$11,900--4--$2,975$11,9001Indican Pictures
24The Other Story$11,74460%113$1,068$103,6556Strand Releasing
25The Mountain$11,621-26%1513$775$33,6872Kino Lorber
26Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$10,842-61%23-16$471$558,1587Magnolia Pictures
27The Reports on Sarah and Saleem$9,57515%7-1$1,368$113,7658Dada Films
28Unplanned$9,310-73%8-7$1,164$18,984,94319Pure Flix
29Dumbo$8,825-36%30-15$294$114,759,00619Walt Disney Pictures
30Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$8,722-70%24-39$363$571,7054Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
31Paris Is Burning (2019 re-issue)$8,572756%2-2$4,286$122,8288Janus Films
32War and Peace$7,908--2--$3,954$134,68625Janus Films
33Love, Antosha$7,150--1--$7,150$7,1501mTuckman Media
34Hampstead$5,938-21%7-3$848$138,3118IFC Films
35A Brother's Love$5,096-28%4-4$1,274$495,7199Entertainment One
36The Ground Beneath My Feet$4,76044%43$1,190$10,5712Strand Releasing
37A Faithful Man$4,51516%21$2,258$43,8783Kino Lorber
38The Third Wife$3,889248%1-1$3,889$84,93312Film Movement
39Grateful Dead Meetup 2019$3,786--4--$947$495,1221Trafalgar Releasing
40Free Trip To Egypt$3,233-4%42$808$26,82010Matson Films
41Piranhas$2,898--1--$2,898$2,8981Music Box Films
42Christ Stopped at Eboli$2,666--1--$2,666$66,23718Rialto Pictures
43The Queen (2019 re-release)$2,443-11%3-4$814$33,9316Kino Lorber
44The Chambermaid$1,6522608%10$1,652$68,1946Kino Lorber
45Long Day's Journey Into Night$1,548143%31$516$480,94517Kino Lorber
46The Cure: Anniversary 1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park$1,4021152%10$1,402$376,2065Trafalgar Releasing
47All Is True$1,357-57%3-4$452$1,194,25713Sony Pictures Classics
48Joan the Maid Parts 1 & 2 (4K Restoration)$1,229--1--$1,229$1,2291Cohen Media Group
49Three Peaks$1,156-56%4-3$289$15,1566Greenwich Entertainment
50Shadow$1,08697%10$1,086$517,86414Well Go USA Entertainment
51The White Crow$1,020-68%5-2$204$1,827,60415Sony Pictures Classics
52In the Aisles$947536%21$474$24,0358Music Box Films
53Cassandro, The Exotico!$83641%31$279$9,7503Film Movement
54Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$782-73%30$261$86,13716Zeitgeist Films
55Zilla & Zoe$755-55%10$755$38,14212Indican Pictures
56That Part Feeling$593-28%10$593$7,53110Film Movement
57Babylon (1981)$525--1--$525$108,71622Kino Lorber Films
58The Fall of The American Empire$516-66%3-3$172$2,852,87458Sony Pictures Classics
59Killer Unicorn$250-56%10$250$33,7168Indican Pictures
60Diamantino$232673%10$232$66,97911Kino Lorber
61At War$186-88%10$186$4,4823Cinema Libre Studio
62Between Me and My Mind$175-72%10$175$813,8443Trafalgar Releasing
63Walking On Water$99-40%10$99$97,18512Kino Lorber
64Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$99-96%1-1$99$157,16517Kino Lorber
65Yomeddine$48-62%1-1$48$10,35110Strand Releasing