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. 14 - Sun, May. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 2$52,041,005-59%4,39010$11,854$211,200,8762Paramount
2Robin Hood (2010)$36,063,000--3,503--$10,295$36,063,0001Universal
3Letters to Juliet$13,540,486--2,968--$4,562$13,540,4861Summit
4Just Wright$8,284,989--1,831--$4,525$8,284,9891Fox Searchlight
5How to Train Your Dragon$5,003,536-25%2,620-1760$1,910$207,647,6968Paramount / DreamWorks
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$4,657,000-49%3,075-257$1,514$56,067,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Date Night$3,823,515-30%2,481-253$1,541$86,522,6226Fox
8The Back-up Plan$2,387,480-53%2,497-506$956$34,124,7824CBS Films
9Furry Vengeance$2,242,106-50%2,695-307$832$15,089,0703Summit
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$1,231,000-51%1,300-857$947$160,128,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$1,138,148-51%1,062-644$1,072$40,495,9645Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

3The Last Song$544,414-54%802-501$679$61,240,3887Disney
5The Losers$459,000-75%701-1749$655$22,761,0004Warner Bros.
6City Island$442,158-27%2536$1,748$3,608,5609Anchor Bay
7Alice in Wonderland (2010)$440,202-38%403-179$1,092$331,533,91511Disney
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$386,876-14%468-157$827$61,978,6949Fox
9The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$368,338-4%10399$3,576$2,092,1995Sony Pictures Classics
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$327,304-33%178-9$1,839$5,764,3319Music Box
12Hot Tub Time Machine$306,000-42%458-344$668$49,185,0008MGM
13Shutter Island$292,3678%310121$943$127,213,67013Paramount
14She's Out of My League$245,602-6%206-55$1,192$31,584,72210Paramount
15The Bounty Hunter$218,252-45%293-169$745$65,037,8169Sony / Columbia
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$172,303-61%281-123$613$59,681,3857Lionsgate
17Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$123,170-9%209-12$589$88,354,45014Fox
18The Ghost Writer$116,995-51%150-81$780$15,084,11413Summit
19The Tooth Fairy$82,575-30%132-28$626$59,828,42717Fox
20Our Family Wedding$62,775-20%103-16$609$20,092,23910Fox Searchlight
21The Crazies$57,042-15%111-38$514$39,103,37812Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$323,00011%480$6,729$5,743,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$248,1723%4923$5,065$735,4673Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$215,33412%4514$4,785$1,269,7865Producers Distribution Agency
4Princess Kaiulani$186,980--33--$5,666$186,9801Roadside Attractions
5Harry Brown$135,732-6%6017$2,262$590,8893Samuel Goldwyn
6Mother and Child$60,76941%2420$2,532$119,6162Sony Pictures Classics
7La Mission$56,000-21%36-5$1,556$707,0006Screen Media
9Under the Sea 3D$37,000-18%184$2,056$21,979,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$30,79754%42$7,699$65,4662Kino International
11The Joneses$26,543-51%56-12$474$1,400,4865Roadside Attractions
12The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$26,100-30%181$1,450$88,4663IFC
13Letters to God$26,000-56%75-37$347$2,794,0006Vivendi
14Cop Out$24,000-44%53-38$453$44,867,00012Warner Bros.
15The Secret of Kells$23,87942%264$918$460,92611GKIDS
16Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$22,863-45%20-2$1,143$389,1819Zeitgeist
17The Runaways$20,232-41%49-16$413$3,528,4549Apparition
18Crazy Heart$18,882-49%50-25$378$39,436,62322Fox Searchlight
19Chloe$18,774-60%29-24$647$2,965,2898Sony Pictures Classics
20Broken Embraces$18,560-22%20-12$928$4,991,84726Sony Classics
21Casino Jack and the United States of Money$18,317-35%112$1,665$58,3562Magnolia
22Brooklyn's Finest$15,572-50%64-49$243$27,154,42611Overture
23A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$15,437-17%3322$468$2,029,66112Sony Classics
24The Good, the Bad, the Weird$14,962-3%155$997$71,0836IFC
25The Square (2010)$14,923-40%14-3$1,066$242,4526Apparition
26Deep Sea 3D$10,649-3%2-1$5,325$43,268,612220Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Ajami$8,67812%133$668$580,45335Kino International
29Daddy Longlegs$8,323--1--$8,323$8,3231Sundance Selects
30The Last Station$8,196-46%18-16$455$6,585,85318Sony Pictures Classics
31Best Worst Movie$8,171--1--$8,171$18,6044Area23a
32The Art of the Steal (2010)$8,010-33%17--$471$529,08312IFC Films
33OSS 117: Lost in Rio$7,984-20%41$1,996$23,46157Music Box
34Deadfall Trail$7,430--3--$2,477$7,4301Nocturnal Features
35No One Knows About Persian Cats$7,03950%6-1$1,173$54,7875IFC
36North Face (Nordwand)$6,974-42%11-13$634$697,20916Music Box Films
37Looking for Eric$6,743--2--$3,372$6,7431IFC
38Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo$6,400--1--$6,400$10,0001Argot Pictures
39Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$6,352--1--$6,352$6,3521Cinema Purgatorio
40Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,2454%60$1,041$23,159,682137National Geographic
41The Little Traitor$5,481-28%3-1$1,827$308,14923Westchester Films
42The Eclipse$5,229-18%71$747$110,2008Magnolia
43When You're Strange$5,032195%3-2$1,677$219,0316Abramorama
44Everyone Else$4,926212%43$1,232$48,34748Cinema Guild
45Madeo (Mother)$4,443-59%13-7$342$506,23951Magnolia
46Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$3,900-30%15-11$260$219,613,00021Fox
47The Living Wake$3,821--1--$3,821$3,8211Mangusta Productions
48Sweetgrass$3,586-20%4-2$897$148,92434Cinema Guild
49The Yellow Handkerchief$3,229-55%102$323$317,04012Samuel Goldwyn Films
50The Girl on the Train (2010)$3,026-27%50$605$195,28117Strand Releasing
51Killing Kasztner$2,85919%20$1,430$112,31330Sky Island Films
52The Good Heart$2,6914%62$449$16,3253Magnolia
53Happiness Runs$2,6870%21$1,344$6,0512Strand
54Multiple Sarcasms$2,603-84%6-9$434$25,7782New Films International
55The Oath$2,485-57%10$2,485$11,9192Zeitgeist
56The Blind Side$2,400-76%11-14$218$255,950,00026Warner Bros.
57Terribly Happy$2,200-34%3-2$733$160,38215Oscilloscope
58The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$1,588-47%6-1$265$7,686,81821Sony Pictures Classics
59Breaking Upwards$1,492-50%1--$1,492$76,3827IFC
60In/Significant Others$1,408--1--$1,408$1,4081Fourth Ward Productions
61The White Ribbon$1,389-43%3-4$463$2,219,13920Sony Classics
62U2 3D$1,294--1--$1,294$10,322,763121National Geographic
63Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue)$671-49%2-1$336$32,36332Strand
64A Town Called Panic$548-84%2-1$274$156,43322Zeitgeist Films
6535 Shots of Rum$543--1--$543$176,38435Cinema Guild
66October Country$254-84%1412$18$21,32214International Film Circuit
67The Warlords$196-94%1-5$196$128,9787Magnet Magnolia
68In My Sleep$114--1--$114$24,9304Morning Star