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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Endgame$147,383,211-59%4,6620$31,614$621,277,8492Disney
2The Intruder$10,855,054--2,222--$4,885$10,855,0541Sony / Screen Gems
3Long Shot$9,740,064--3,230--$3,015$9,740,0641Lionsgate
4UglyDolls$8,603,407--3,652--$2,356$8,603,4071STX Entertainment
5Captain Marvel$4,282,244-48%2,243-192$1,909$420,774,2629Disney
6Breakthrough$3,906,900-43%2,884-29$1,355$33,183,412320th Century Fox
7The Curse of La Llorona$3,702,607-54%2,540-832$1,458$48,302,6103Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shazam!$2,504,958-55%2,521-1110$994$135,248,7485Warner Bros.
9Dumbo$1,511,608-57%1,668-712$906$109,788,2006Walt Disney Pictures
10Little (2019)$1,420,165-59%1,359-760$1,045$38,530,4904Universal Pictures
11Penguins$328,976-71%1,052-763$313$6,709,8053Disney / Disneynature

Limited (100 — 999)

1El Chicano$700,261--605--$1,157$700,2611Briarcliff Entertainment
2Pet Sematary$502,803-62%655-1000$768$53,760,0225Paramount Pictures
3Us (2019)$494,860-58%599-656$826$173,920,5507Universal Pictures
4Amazing Grace$377,245-27%26316$1,434$2,781,5785Neon
5Missing Link$289,507-73%707-881$409$16,153,5804United Artists Releasing
6Red Joan$256,11961%14095$1,829$518,1193IFC Films
7How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$171,470-28%245-37$700$159,938,53014Universal / DreamWorks Animation
8The Mustang$155,405-47%229-48$679$4,833,0758Focus Features
9After (2019)$135,297-66%227-380$596$11,965,2314Aviron Pictures
10Wonder Park$114,835-39%195-54$589$45,182,6768Paramount
11Ask Dr. Ruth$93,128--104--$895$93,1281Magnolia Pictures
12Five Feet Apart$76,390-45%153-106$499$45,524,5268CBS Films
13Hellboy$68,593-81%179-748$383$21,796,0874Lionsgate / Summit
14Unplanned$63,506-54%134-117$474$17,918,5146Pure Flix
15The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$61,235-28%152-27$403$105,794,22815Warner Bros.
16The Best of Enemies$50,342-60%134-93$376$10,128,3165STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1The White Crow$94,91520%1914$4,996$206,5092Sony Pictures Classics
3High Life$72,599-45%98-48$741$1,086,5775A24
4Hotel Mumbai$70,478-58%94-76$750$9,421,6817Bleecker Street
5Hesburgh$65,272284%3634$1,813$85,7832mTuckman Media
6Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$62,40559%9821$637$73,155,33310Lionsgate
7Wild Nights with Emily$59,790-35%7813$767$328,8564Greenwich Entertainment
8Hail Satan?$56,09316%3921$1,438$164,1933Magnolia Pictures
9Always Miss You$46,720--14--$3,337$46,7201China Lion Film
10Savage$36,590--19--$1,926$36,5901Well Go USA Entertainment
11Long Day's Journey Into Night$36,46016%174$2,145$244,8924Kino Lorber
12Non-Fiction$29,853--2--$14,927$29,8531IFC Films
13Apollo 11$29,709-28%58-4$512$8,607,05210Neon
14Alita: Battle Angel$29,253-30%61-22$480$85,700,6431220th Century Fox
15Isn't It Romantic$28,109-40%80-40$351$48,779,38212Warner Bros.
16Shadow$27,474--4--$6,869$27,4741Well Go USA Entertainment
17Her Smell$26,561-15%6323$422$212,7944Gunpowder & Sky
18Fighting With My Family$25,565-6%45-15$568$22,935,90012MGM
19Woman At War$24,013-48%37-9$649$762,30010Magnolia Pictures
20Gloria Bell$18,606-41%33-6$564$5,573,9849A24
21Meeting Gorbachev$18,128--2--$9,064$18,12811091
22Never Look Away$15,623-16%60$2,604$1,283,43615Sony Pictures Classics
23Sunset$15,57129%3416$458$140,0017Sony Pictures Classics
24Little Woods$10,358-67%16-13$647$137,2253Neon
25Transit$9,643-59%14-14$689$786,66210Music Box Films
26The Public$9,404-52%22-6$427$539,2085Greenwich Entertainment
27Sauvage / Wild$7,65017%75$1,093$41,7144Strand Releasing
28Dogman$6,934-39%101$693$62,4134Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
29Ramen Shop$5,985-40%101$599$64,5687Strand Releasing
30Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$5,821-32%73$832$35,1953Zeitgeist Films
31Diane$5,798-77%21-38$276$326,5566IFC Films
32The Beach Bum$5,407-80%12-3$451$3,497,5956Neon
33Carmine Street Guitars$5,346-12%21$2,673$17,7392Abramorama
34Rafiki$5,258-45%92$584$57,8263Film Movement
35Ash is Purest White$5,168143%105$517$402,7138Cohen Media Group
36Fast Color$4,8023%71$686$68,3733Lionsgate
37Arctic$4,621-53%19-13$243$2,406,74314Bleecker Street
38Okko's Inn$3,872407%4847$81$130,5252GKIDS
39They Shall Not Grow Old$3,377-10%161$211$17,953,90020Warner Bros.
40Mia and the White Lion$3,260-55%50$652$396,0204Ledafilms Entertainment Group
41Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$3,046107%32$1,015$37,9854Kino Lorber
42High on the Hog$2,703-74%3-3$901$38,2363Indican Pictures
43Babylon (1981)$2,623--2--$1,312$83,6189Kino Lorber Films
44The Brink$2,333-40%10-4$233$101,4376Magnolia Pictures
45Faith, Hope & Love$1,9308%21$965$195,8648ArtAffects Entertainment
46Working Woman$1,852-29%10$1,852$37,9266Zeitgeist
47Chasing Portraits$1,7080%10$1,708$3,9522First Run Features
48The Invisibles$1,618-43%3-1$539$404,22415Greenwich Entertainment
49Capernaum$1,326-61%3-6$442$1,656,12021Sony Pictures Classics
50The Heiresses$1,286174%10$1,286$73,79116Distrib Films US
51Under the Sea 3D$1,1485%5-2$230$36,069,035534Warner Bros. / IMAX
523 Faces$1,064-15%4-1$266$67,5789Kino Lorber
53Body at Brighton Rock$985-43%3-5$328$3,7732Magnolia Pictures
54Born to Be Wild 3D$96181%52$192$25,863,939422Warner Bros. / IMAX
55Suburban Birds$5771031%32$192$7,3525Cinema Guild
56Ruben Brandt, Collector$512-19%2-1$256$115,51712Sony Pictures Classics
57Hubble 3D$494--3--$165$52,410,254477Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Made Me Do It$337-62%10$337$8,5274Indican Pictures
59Knife+Heart$319-47%1-2$319$31,9698Altered Innocence
60Hagazussa$236--1--$236$12,4073Doppelganger Releasing
61The Last Resort$167-82%1-1$167$158,42420Kino Lober Films
62Stan & Ollie$166-97%2-7$83$5,467,77019Sony Pictures Classics
63Sorry Angel$98--1--$98$30,58412Strand Releasing
64Christ Stopped at Eboli$96-98%1-1$96$48,1595Rialto Pictures