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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, May. 29 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 29 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$15,493,514-19%4,276--$3,623$78,476,7671Disney
2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$6,282,030-18%3,871-476$1,623$340,505,0784Disney
4Alien: Covenant$2,768,611-25%3,77211$734$60,205,3312Fox
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$1,650,4989%3,17417$520$15,303,332220th Century Fox
6Everything, Everything$1,650,446-8%2,8010$589$23,022,3952Warner Bros.
8King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$1,001,544-15%2,503-1199$400$34,957,2903Warner Bros.
9The Boss Baby$735,18817%1,342-729$548$169,718,1299Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Beauty and the Beast$550,4423%1,076-716$512$501,014,18311Disney
11The Fate of the Furious$399,455-26%1,358-929$294$222,942,3857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 29 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Be A Latin Lover$333,613-17%669-279$499$31,217,6775Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Lovers$196,150-6%443338$443$1,489,4604A24
3Lowriders$188,620-23%334-31$565$5,378,7653BH Tilt
4Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$165,039--324--$509$3,150,1017Sony Pictures Classics
5Gifted$133,237-2%380-444$351$23,761,0378Fox Searchlight
6Smurfs: The Lost Village$95,851-5%362-290$265$43,711,8268Sony / Columbia
7Kong: Skull Island$79,756-19%2468$324$167,463,05212Warner Bros.
8Going in Style$77,733-10%344-346$226$43,940,7018Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Zookeeper's Wife$56,5851%165-110$343$17,175,3969Focus Features
10The LEGO Batman Movie$50,33214%176-26$286$175,565,76816Warner Bros.
11Get Out$50,170-22%188-74$267$175,292,78014Universal
12Their Finest$42,875-5%107-48$401$3,422,2618EuropaCorp/STXfilms
13The Lost City of Z$42,818-8%121-96$354$8,288,0767Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
14Power Rangers$38,341-26%157-64$244$85,320,52710Lionsgate
15The Circle$36,242-12%208-439$174$20,384,5575EuropaCorp/STXfilms
16Born in China$34,98517%230-345$152$13,463,1686Disneynature
18Unforgettable$9,020-29%102-74$88$11,355,3536Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 29 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paris Can Wait$128,729--70--$1,839$964,5173Sony Pictures Classics
2The Wedding Plan$107,049-5%9744$1,104$699,9023Roadside Attractions
3Buena Vista Social Club: Adios$22,784--80--$285$87,2531Broad Green Pictures
4Wakefield$19,192--16--$1,200$96,4902IFC Films
5The Case For Christ$15,752-1%63-75$250$14,556,9498Pure Flix
6Chuck$13,274--93--$143$293,1444IFC Films
8Obit.$11,222--20--$561$190,3055Kino Lorber
9The Wall$10,971-12%71-453$155$1,782,7513Roadside Attractions
10Long Strange Trip$10,206--2--$5,103$346,5271Abramorama
11The Women's Balcony$9,113--1--$9,113$305,18713Menemsha Films
12Like Crazy$8,874--8--$1,109$74,0804Strand Releasing
13Your Name.$7,510-10%20-5$376$4,903,1448FUNimation Entertainment
15Sleight$6,595-32%49-64$135$3,921,0255High Top Releasing
16Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$6,527--2--$3,264$35,6331Abramorama
18Berlin Syndrome$5,744-20%25--$230$28,6601Vertical Entertainment
19KEDi$4,947--19--$260$2,661,15316Oscilloscope Laboratories
20Champion$4,868-21%16-15$304$143,4782ArtAffects Entertainment
21Life (2017)$4,756-35%43-44$111$30,228,72810Sony / Columbia
22Hidden Figures$4,191-23%29-52$145$169,316,32623Fox
23Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$4,042--12--$337$258,2616IFC Films
24Hermia & Helena$3,773--2--$1,887$16,7591Kino Lorber
25Journey to the South Pacific$2,932--3--$977$7,271,197183IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Maurice (2017 re-release)$2,928--10$2,928$20,9612Cohen Media Group
27The Dinner$2,759-15%20-72$138$1,311,5654The Orchard
29Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$2,312-1%13-20$178$183,6206The Orchard
30Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$2,02010%10$2,020$35,5623Rialto Pictures
31The Commune$1,887--13--$145$24,4272Magnolia Pictures
33Phoenix Forgotten$1,2372%5-8$247$3,591,9236Cinelou Films
34This Is Not What I Expected$1,204--3--$401$326,7534Well Go USA
35I am Not Your Negro$1,130--6--$188$7,116,63617Magnolia Pictures
36Personal Shopper$1,107--3--$369$1,299,97812IFC Films
37David Lynch: The Art Life$1,068--1--$1,068$150,5459Janus
38Slack Bay$758--6--$126$45,2046Kino Lorber Films
39Graduation$593--4--$148$170,7298IFC Films / Sundance Selects
40Tommy's Honour$395-18%7-6$56$567,0627Roadside Attractions
41The Red Turtle$377--1--$377$921,65619Sony Pictures Classics
42Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$374--2--$187$183,7289Arrow Films
43Cezanne and I$308--4--$77$236,4189Magnolia Pictures
44Born to Be Wild 3D$230--12--$19$25,372,688321Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Panique (2017 Restoration)$107-58%1--$107$41,46019Rialto Pictures
46The Void$94--1--$94$150,8898Cartilage Films