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. 20 - Sun, May. 22

Wide (1000+)

1The Angry Birds Movie$38,155,177--3,932--$9,704$38,155,1771Sony / Columbia
2Captain America: Civil War$32,939,739-55%4,2260$7,795$347,215,8923Disney
3Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$21,760,405--3,384--$6,430$21,760,4051Universal
4The Nice Guys$11,203,270--2,865--$3,910$11,203,2701Warner Bros.
5The Jungle Book (2016)$10,944,350-36%3,460-510$3,163$327,424,9156Disney
6Money Monster$7,016,884-53%3,1040$2,261$27,040,5312Sony / TriStar
7The Darkness$2,272,618-54%1,76914$1,285$8,370,1002High Top / BH Tilt
9The Huntsman: Winter's War$1,209,045-54%1,246-1272$970$46,687,7355Universal
10Mother's Day (2016)$1,139,283-65%1,719-1572$663$31,313,0054Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Barbershop: The Next Cut$843,007-49%744-589$1,133$52,712,4376Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Meddler$782,883110%464337$1,687$2,048,8045Sony Pictures Classics
3The Boss$653,535-45%672-678$973$62,257,0057Universal
4Keanu$522,305-73%707-1413$739$20,005,6554Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Man Who Knew Infinity$495,694-3%27078$1,836$1,627,0214IFC Films
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2$389,720-20%365-352$1,068$59,573,0859Universal
7Sing Street$347,375-44%520-5$668$2,487,1206Weinstein Company
8A Bigger Splash$329,21073%128102$2,572$778,9833Fox Searchlight
9Miracles from Heaven$327,304106%199-44$1,645$60,480,88110Sony / Columbia
10Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$310,863-40%321-423$968$328,727,8829Warner Bros.
11Kung Fu Panda 3$223,58819%2193$1,021$142,755,06017Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Ratchet & Clank$200,180-68%346-912$579$8,549,7404Focus / Gramercy
13Eye in the Sky$176,593-52%198-162$892$18,220,55611Bleecker Street
14Hello, My Name Is Doris$123,743-50%156-103$793$14,045,02011Roadside Attractions
16The Divergent Series: Allegiant$122,16544%19434$630$66,002,19310Lionsgate / Summit
17Green Room$114,577-72%162-615$707$3,052,6576A24
1810 Cloverfield Lane$111,948-41%176-84$636$71,897,21511Paramount
19London Has Fallen$96,246-26%139-41$692$62,401,26412Focus / Gramercy
20A Hologram for the King$63,876-73%138-208$463$4,054,4885Roadside Attractions
21God's Not Dead 2$52,985-50%102-111$519$20,615,5178Pure Flix
22Criminal (2016)$45,310-70%142-204$319$06Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Love & Friendship$559,824319%4743$11,911$758,1572Roadside / Amazon
2The Lobster$389,083105%2420$16,212$1,019,3129A24
3A Beautiful Planet$173,4266%363$4,817$1,243,3094IMAX
5Star Wars: The Force Awakens$87,340-15%58-20$1,506$936,627,41623Disney
6Weiner$84,173--5--$16,835$84,1731IFC Films / Sundance Selects
7The Wailing$77,892--1--$77,892$77,8921Well Go USA
8Maggie's Plan$63,308--5--$12,662$63,3081Sony Pictures Classics
9Dough$61,941-27%51-4$1,215$883,87415Menemsha Films
10Compadres$57,659-62%82-45$703$3,105,2695Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Miles Ahead$44,622-48%52-32$858$2,484,3988Sony Pictures Classics
12High-Rise$41,085-49%34-7$1,208$161,4232Magnolia / Magnet
13Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$35,112-42%62$5,852$113,3622Oky Doky Productions
14Dark Horse (2016)$29,04131%177$1,708$81,1733Sony Pictures Classics
15Phantom Detective$26,312237%1514$1,754$40,0422
16Meet the Blacks$24,936-38%50-13$499$9,052,6158Freestyle Releasing
17Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$24,412-65%45-33$542$1,092,4394Yari Film Group
18The Lady in the Van$19,288-17%25-10$772$9,978,02525Sony Pictures Classics
19Sunset Song$17,65136%107$1,765$41,5912Magnolia Pictures
20Pelé: Birth of a Legend$17,123137%1916$901$27,3122IFC Films
21Saturday's Warrior$11,611-42%10-7$1,161$593,3578Purdie Distribution
22The 5th Wave$11,592-59%32-25$362$34,912,98218Sony / Columbia
23Viva (2016)$10,924-30%13-3$840$148,2154Magnolia Pictures
24Tale of Tales$10,795-7%131$830$80,8095IFC Films
25Midnight Special$9,056-72%24-19$377$3,707,79410Warner Bros.
26Ma ma$8,874--1--$8,874$8,8741Oscilloscope
27Francofonia$7,990-45%11-8$726$272,4088Music Box Films
28Eddie the Eagle$7,714-34%20-6$386$15,785,63213Fox
30April and the Extraordinary World$6,704-37%14-6$479$285,6819GKIDS
31The Measure of a Man$6,459552%50$1,292$87,1976Kino Lorber
32Hockney$5,92093%85$740$58,6015Film Movement
33Hubble 3D$5,40946%30$1,803$51,670,016323Warner Bros. / IMAX
34A Monster with a Thousand Heads$5,32067%42$1,330$10,9132Music Box Films
35Men & Chicken$5,28076%112$480$23,6475Drafthouse Films
36Janis: Little Girl Blue$5,275--1--$5,275$410,46526FilmRise
37Our Last Tango$4,450-39%5-1$890$64,2466Strand Releasing
38Almost Holy$4,195--2--$2,098$4,1951
39Kaili Blues$4,164--1--$4,164$4,1641
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,102-14%2-4$2,051$24,692,162268Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Eva Hesse$3,800-56%6-1$633$80,2344Zeitgeist Films
42Baaghi$3,696-81%8-20$462$436,0554UTV Motion Pictures
43Born to Be Blue$3,356-74%14-3$240$788,3829IFC Films
44Wedding Doll$3,240--2--$1,620$12,5646Strand Releasing
45Unsullied$3,144-81%4-8$786$509,3735Indican Pictures
46Under the Sea 3D$3,075-18%2-1$1,538$35,014,667380Warner Bros. / IMAX
48I Saw the Light$2,893-25%8-2$362$1,640,4079Sony Pictures Classics
49Fritz Lang's Destiny (2016 re-issue)$2,334--1--$2,334$2,3341Kino Lorber
50Sweet Bean$1,973-48%1-4$1,973$60,75710Kino Lorber
51The First Monday in May$1,843-88%6-16$307$516,5976Magnolia Pictures
52The Witch$1,834-52%90$204$25,138,29214A24
53The Invitation$1,381-32%3-3$460$227,6377Drafthouse Films
54Los Sures$1,368-72%10$1,368$76,3056
55Louder Than Bombs$1,314-77%10-15$131$161,7897The Orchard
56My Golden Days$1,300-19%40$325$268,54810Magnolia Pictures
57The Other Side$1,246--1--$1,246$1,2461Film Movement
58Neon Bull$1,186-22%31$395$21,2487Kino Lorber
59Elstree 1976$1,161--2--$581$9,4313FilmRise
61Chongqing Hot Pot$966-57%20$483$779,2208China Lion Film
62of Mind and Music$961--1--$961$15,07315Monterey Media
63Journey to the South Pacific$885211%21$443$7,128,203130IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
64Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame$788--1--$788$4,6968First Run Features
65A Bit of Bad Luck$732-70%1-1$732$3,9602Indican Pictures
66Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$581-29%21$291$10,635,002112Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Take Me to the River (2016)$497--1--$497$27,29810Film Movement
68Mountains May Depart$476-86%1-2$476$80,24415Kino Lorber
69Cemetery of Splendor$456660%10$456$51,07012Strand Releasing
70Ran (2016 re-issue)$435--1--$435$55,50313Rialto Pictures
71Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words$37311%10$373$134,82728Rialto Pictures
72Sworn Virgin$356691%43$89$4,2355Strand Releasing
73Paths of the Soul$344-88%21$172$7,4742
74The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West$144-53%10$144$2,8523First Run Features
75Colliding Dreams$125--1--$125$76,77212International Film Circuit
76The Dying of the Light$32-50%10$32$3,5437First Run Features
77Burning Bodhi$5--1--$5$3,20810Monterey Media