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, Apr. 22 - Sun, Apr. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Jungle Book (2016)$61,538,821-40%4,0280$15,278$192,213,2472Disney
2The Huntsman: Winter's War$19,445,035--3,791--$5,129$19,445,0351Universal
3Barbershop: The Next Cut$10,518,254-48%2,67615$3,931$35,719,7462Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Boss$6,228,205-37%3,375-120$1,845$49,656,4103Universal
6Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$5,502,033-39%3,066-439$1,795$319,483,6365Warner Bros.
7Criminal (2016)$3,116,777-46%2,6830$1,162$10,881,2632Lionsgate / Summit
8My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$2,096,025-36%1,749-548$1,198$55,370,7655Universal
9God's Not Dead 2$1,119,889-40%1,168-443$959$18,958,2154Pure Flix
10Miracles from Heaven$1,073,517-45%1,264-818$849$58,759,3036Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Compadres$1,397,434--368--$3,797$1,397,4341Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Eye in the Sky$1,204,335-22%838-53$1,437$14,956,4867Bleecker Street
3A Hologram for the King$1,138,578--401--$2,839$1,138,5781Roadside Attractions
5Everybody Wants Some!!$652,69052%454320$1,438$2,345,9374Paramount
6Miles Ahead$639,032227%527480$1,213$1,334,9204Sony Pictures Classics
7Hello, My Name Is Doris$636,746-19%496-156$1,284$11,964,4577Roadside Attractions
8The Divergent Series: Allegiant$635,453-54%852-632$746$65,038,7696Lionsgate / Summit
910 Cloverfield Lane$553,313-48%595-490$930$70,728,0647Paramount
10Elvis & Nixon$466,447--381--$1,224$466,4471Bleecker Street / Amazon
11Hardcore Henry$282,519-80%519-2496$544$9,014,3243STX Entertainment
12Kung Fu Panda 3$274,5140%273-20$1,006$141,654,70913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Meet the Blacks$204,157-58%282-302$724$8,740,2924Freestyle Releasing
14London Has Fallen$185,379-39%275-161$674$61,715,0668Focus / Gramercy
15Unsullied$179,112--102--$1,756$179,1121Indican Pictures
16Star Wars: The Force Awakens$153,949-19%208-52$740$936,064,86119Disney
17Midnight Special$132,372-69%174-347$761$3,450,4556Warner Bros.
18The Revenant (2015)$108,895-30%170-52$641$183,416,27618Fox
19Gods of Egypt$80,659-15%152-11$531$30,998,7129Lionsgate / Summit
20Whiskey Tango Foxtrot$73,125-40%154-69$475$23,049,5758Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Green Room$197,408124%3027$6,580$312,9112A24
2Sing Street$124,44196%2520$4,978$209,3992Weinstein Company
3The First Monday in May$81,032-18%4121$1,976$237,1832Magnolia Pictures
4The 5th Wave$57,282-6%89-10$644$34,725,94614Sony / Columbia
5The Meddler$57,022--4--$14,256$57,0221Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Blue$51,655-43%74-5$698$637,1615IFC Films
7The Lady in the Van$42,045-10%59-12$713$9,800,38621Sony Pictures Classics
8Chongqing Hot Pot$36,488-58%23-16$1,586$735,2224China Lion Film
9Eddie the Eagle$34,155-17%73-21$468$15,685,7649Fox
10Spotlight$31,253-31%91-12$343$44,867,90325Open Road
11The Invitation$31,014-30%2910$1,069$181,4823Drafthouse Films
12Saturday's Warrior$29,844-35%27-1$1,105$448,3274Purdie Distribution
13Francofonia$28,8490%157$1,923$131,5124Music Box Films
14April and the Extraordinary World$27,877-24%26-1$1,072$186,2675GKIDS
16Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe$26,957-3%73$3,851$118,9824Cinema Libre Studio
17Louder Than Bombs$26,16934%216$1,246$90,7373The Orchard
18I Saw the Light$24,882-58%49-54$508$1,593,1895Sony Pictures Classics
19The Perfect Match$23,95768%8525$282$9,658,3707Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Witch$23,741-37%45-10$528$25,081,47510A24
21City of Gold$17,363-53%37-13$469$574,1137IFC Films / Sundance Selects
22New York, New York (2016)$15,989-62%12-4$1,332$78,1722China Lion Film
23Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip$14,238-28%46-13$310$85,847,96919Fox
24Hockney$13,683--4--$3,421$13,6831Film Movement
25Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream$12,065--3--$4,022$12,0651Menemsha Films
26Brooklyn$10,972-8%22-7$499$38,251,39025Fox Searchlight
27Risen$10,021-42%41-16$244$36,749,33610Sony / Columbia
28My Golden Days$9,544-60%15-17$636$238,0006Magnolia Pictures
29Our Last Tango$9,41944%32$3,140$19,0862Strand Releasing
30Tale of Tales$8,871--2--$4,436$8,8711IFC Films
31Los Sures$8,559-67%10$8,559$48,9962
32The Dark Horse$8,330-52%7-3$1,190$53,6674Broad Green Pictures
33Hubble 3D$7,642-66%7-4$1,092$51,606,053319Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$6,84712%51$1,369$46,6916Grasshopper Film
35The Measure of a Man$6,781-32%42$1,695$49,9092Kino Lorber
36Dough$6,576-51%5-2$1,315$373,86311Menemsha Films
37Vita Activa - The Spirit of Hannah Arendt$6,050-44%32$2,017$47,8383Zeitgeist Films
38Where to Invade Next$5,346-55%15-8$356$3,820,19511Drafthouse Films
39Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$4,20882%4-2$1,052$10,611,288108Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Sweet Bean$3,6483%62$608$46,8766Kino Lorber
41Under the Sea 3D$3,30528%4-2$826$34,969,974376Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Born to Be Wild 3D$2,895384%80$362$24,581,108264Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Men & Chicken$2,654--2--$1,327$2,6541Drafthouse Films
44Revelation: Dawn of Global Government$2,631-82%20$1,316$19,1072Rocky Mountain Pictures
45Mountains May Depart$2,255127%32$752$69,10611Kino Lorber
46The Wave (2016)$2,034-44%71$291$173,7638Magnolia Pictures
47The Messenger (2015)$1,843--3--$614$66,63721Kino Lorber
48The Hateful Eight$1,819-95%9-14$202$54,116,19118Weinstein Company
49Son of Saul$1,709-44%7-4$244$1,772,94419Sony Pictures Classics
50Knight of Cups$1,675-58%3-5$558$553,1768Broad Green Pictures
51Ran (2016 re-issue)$1,33353%32$444$53,0699Rialto Pictures
52Aferim!$1,236551%20$618$100,32814Big World Pictures
53Take Me to the River (2016)$1,130-37%2-2$565$25,8266Film Movement
54Room (2015)$1,090-70%2-4$545$14,677,65428A24
56The Adderall Diaries$1,023-81%311$33$11,2872A24
57Sworn Virgin$830--1--$830$8301Strand Releasing
58To the Arctic 3D$822-55%1-2$822$14,438,918210Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Deep Sea 3D$747858%30$249$46,190,197530Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Burning Bodhi$74418500%10$744$3,2036Monterey Media
61of Mind and Music$714-48%1-1$714$12,35611Monterey Media
63Cemetery of Splendor$412-67%2-2$206$49,1408Strand Releasing
64Creative Control$35337%3-3$118$62,9937Magnolia / Amazon
65Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$353--1--$353$133,28324Rialto Pictures
66Wedding Doll$351-87%1-2$351$4,1862Strand Releasing
67Journey to the South Pacific$315-73%42$79$7,122,514126IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
68Mad Tiger$199-61%1-1$199$3,3226Film Movement
69Jafar Panahi's Taxi$131-73%10$131$321,64230Kino Lorber
70Memoria$85--1--$85$2193Monterey Media
71The Dying of the Light$803%10$80$3,0863First Run Features
72Neon Bull$36-99%1-3$36$15,0043Kino Lorber