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, Jun. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Monsters University$82,429,469--4,004--$20,587$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$66,411,834--3,607--$18,412$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$41,287,206-65%4,2070$9,814$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$13,290,642-36%3,0550$4,350$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,876,002-29%2,823-259$2,790$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,930,685-49%2,417-958$2,040$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$3,587,630-57%2,201-390$1,630$59,604,0753Universal
8The Internship$3,400,361-52%1,916-1483$1,775$38,339,8663Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$3,166,709-49%1,565-766$2,023$216,777,6256Paramount
11After Earth$940,031-77%1,166-1266$806$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Iron Man 3$2,212,582-25%924-725$2,395$403,157,8048Disney
2The Bling Ring$2,001,903834%650645$3,080$2,343,1442A24
3Before Midnight$901,292-35%441-456$2,044$4,618,9355Sony Pictures Classics
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$752,844366%206183$3,655$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
5The Hangover Part III$717,304-74%530-1371$1,353$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$602,410-64%362-813$1,664$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
7The Croods$503,900-12%324-44$1,555$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Raanjhanaa$414,211--102--$4,061$414,2111Eros International
9The East$365,10127%19580$1,872$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
10Mud$311,053-43%213-192$1,460$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
1142 (2013)$259,133-57%325-119$797$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$186,161-24%233-26$799$234,548,59216Disney
13Frances Ha$175,455-40%138-74$1,271$3,214,9416IFC Films
14Oblivion (2013)$136,680-25%201-57$680$89,021,73510Universal
15Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$132,293-57%1610$822$3,637,8064Eros International
16Olympus Has Fallen$126,262-26%177-24$713$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
17G.I. Joe: Retaliation$90,555-18%139-31$651$122,263,05613Paramount
18Scary Movie 5$82,983-4%134-7$619$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
19The Big Wedding$72,704-10%141-24$516$21,613,8719Lionsgate
20Escape From Planet Earth$43,382-29%138-13$314$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Fill the Void$186,725107%4628$4,059$629,8645Sony Pictures Classics
2The Kings of Summer$130,512-16%652$2,008$761,1204CBS Films
3Hubble 3D$64,9045%15-3$4,327$38,933,710171Warner Bros. / IMAX
420 Feet from Stardom$64,46418%63$10,744$149,1912RADiUS-TWC
5Love Is All You Need$63,015-37%44-28$1,432$1,286,8428Sony Pictures Classics
6Kon-Tiki$46,298-40%53-17$874$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
7Dirty Wars$45,409-6%206$2,270$203,7253IFC Films
8Stories We Tell$42,308-49%33-30$1,282$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
9A Hijacking$39,392--7--$5,627$39,3921Magnolia Pictures
10The Company You Keep$33,3928%65-1$514$5,041,48012Sony Pictures Classics
11What Maisie Knew$32,095-39%33-18$973$958,0618Millenium Entertainment
12The Place Beyond the Pines$29,577-11%53-23$558$21,383,29813Focus
13SOMM$28,050--5--$5,610$107,8341IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14The Attack$27,379--3--$9,126$27,3791Cohen Media Group
15Unfinished Song$25,728--2--$12,864$25,7281Weinstein Company
16To the Arctic 3D$24,711-17%520$475$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Pain and Gain$24,323-35%50-20$486$49,333,7449Paramount
18Renoir$19,776-37%23-10$860$2,114,41313IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Sapphires$19,348-14%29-10$667$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
20Hannah Arendt$19,265-28%71$2,752$195,3654Zeitgeist Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,86113%300$629$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Space Station 3D$17,110-5%73$2,444$88,110,208584IMAX
23Under the Sea 3D$16,40741%100$1,641$33,095,826228Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Quartet$13,02328%294$449$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
25Fukrey$11,585-84%570$203$116,4152Eros International
26Shadow Dancer$8,719-66%10-4$872$78,0944Magnolia Pictures
27Augustine$7,723548%97$858$55,7036Music Box Films
28Lost and Found in Armenia$7,604-8%1-1$7,604$102,9343High Top Releasing
29The Iceman$6,863-60%12-18$572$1,921,1098Millennium Entertainment
30Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,366-47%8-6$796$490,3108eOne Films US
31Berberian Sound Studio$6,004-9%116$546$17,5622IFC Midnight
32Deep Sea 3D$5,927-26%63$988$45,621,858382Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Maniac$5,571--1--$5,571$5,5711IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,97916%7-1$711$346,97917International Film Circuit
35Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$4,570--17--$269$6,1941High Top Releasing
36The English Teacher$4,53816%1-1$4,538$55,5726Cinedigm
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,26133%31$1,420$51,7219Variance Films
38More Than Honey$4,206-20%10$4,206$14,8522Kino Lorber
39Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,673-1%43$918$9,7112First Run Features
40Pandora's Promise$3,594-84%5-11$719$38,1812Abramorama
41Girl Rising$3,500--16--$219$1,420,92716Gathr Films
42Made in Cleveland$3,411--5--$682$7,0111Striped Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,385-73%16-9$212$124,969,15031Fox
44Not Today$3,229-57%3-4$1,076$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
45No Place on Earth$3,13111%30$1,044$187,56712Magnolia Pictures
46√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$2,655266%41$664$9,5943Magnolia Pictures
48One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,406-45%2-1$1,203$57,5307Zeitgeist Films
49At Any Price$2,1984%50$440$356,5309Sony Pictures Classics
50To the Wonder$2,176-55%50$435$579,37511Magnolia Pictures
51Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,008-61%3-3$669$45,2673eOne Films US
52So Young$2,003-62%2-1$1,002$9,9902China Lion Film
53Lore$1,910-61%1-1$1,910$966,35820Music Box Films
54In the Fog$1,807-22%21$904$5,4432Strand Releasing
55Call Me Kuchu$1,692-51%10$1,692$7,3312Cinedigm
56Venus and Serena$1,6381%2-1$819$51,0007Magnolia Pictures
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,422-63%4-4$356$75,06510Kino Lorber
58Storm Surfers 3D$1,102-86%1-1$1,102$37,4629XLrator Media
59Post Tenebras Lux$1,01052%31$337$36,9968Strand Releasing
60Tiger Eyes$942-80%0-6--$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
61The Wall (2013)$932-76%2-2$466$15,0444Music Box Films
62Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$852-12%2-2$426$112,81910Kino Lorber
63The Silence (2010)$749-2%1-1$749$92,49216Music Box Films
64Searching For Sugar Man$684-52%2-2$342$3,687,51148Sony Pictures Classics
65Paradise: Love$643-29%10$643$23,8089Strand Releasing
66Free the Mind$480-27%2-1$240$70,7338International Film Circuit
67Camp (2013)$292-93%1-1$292$324,97618Freestyle Releasing
68The History of Future Folk$259-83%1-1$259$12,3234Variance / FilmBuff
69Pieta$170-23%10$170$21,9326Drafthouse Films