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. 26 - Sun, May. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$62,983,253--4,276--$14,729$62,983,2531Disney
2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$20,907,121-40%3,871-476$5,401$334,223,0484Disney
4Alien: Covenant$10,614,539-71%3,77211$2,814$57,436,7202Fox
5Everything, Everything$6,015,836-49%2,8010$2,148$21,371,9492Warner Bros.
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$4,470,873-37%3,17417$1,409$13,652,834220th Century Fox
8King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$3,300,544-54%2,503-1199$1,319$33,955,7463Warner Bros.
9The Boss Baby$1,725,751-39%1,342-729$1,286$168,982,9419Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Fate of the Furious$1,492,060-54%1,358-929$1,099$222,542,9307Universal
11Beauty and the Beast$1,463,306-43%1,076-716$1,360$500,463,74111Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Be A Latin Lover$973,484-53%669-279$1,455$30,884,0645Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Lovers$645,851136%443338$1,458$1,293,3104A24
3Lowriders$602,010-49%334-31$1,802$5,190,1453BH Tilt
4Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$478,836-15%324-49$1,478$2,985,0627Sony Pictures Classics
5Gifted$384,362-50%380-444$1,011$23,627,8008Fox Searchlight
6Smurfs: The Lost Village$283,536-50%362-290$783$43,615,9758Sony / Columbia
7Kong: Skull Island$271,18735%2468$1,102$167,383,29612Warner Bros.
8Going in Style$244,052-59%344-346$709$43,862,9688Warner Bros. / New Line
9Get Out$180,335-26%188-74$959$175,242,61014Universal
10A Quiet Passion$174,451-14%118-17$1,478$1,380,8357Music Box Films
11The Zookeeper's Wife$156,240-32%165-110$947$17,118,8119Focus Features
12Power Rangers$151,698-26%157-64$966$85,282,18610Lionsgate
13The Lost City of Z$132,711-34%121-96$1,097$8,245,2587Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
14The LEGO Batman Movie$126,909-18%176-26$721$175,515,43616Warner Bros.
15Their Finest$125,546-17%107-48$1,173$3,379,3868EuropaCorp/STXfilms
16The Circle$118,509-74%208-439$570$20,348,3155EuropaCorp/STXfilms
18Born in China$98,155-74%230-345$427$13,428,1836Disneynature
19Unforgettable$34,649-58%102-74$340$11,346,3336Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Paris Can Wait$431,845129%7047$6,169$835,7883Sony Pictures Classics
2The Wedding Plan$308,35591%9744$3,179$592,8533Roadside Attractions
3Buena Vista Social Club: Adios$64,469--80--$806$64,4691Broad Green Pictures
4Wakefield$62,534453%1615$3,908$77,2982IFC Films
5The Case For Christ$42,986-53%63-75$682$14,541,1978Pure Flix
6Chuck$38,168-44%93-27$410$279,8704IFC Films
8Long Strange Trip$33,272--2--$16,636$294,8441Abramorama
9The Wall$32,744-90%71-453$461$1,771,7803Roadside Attractions
10Obit.$30,357-10%200$1,518$179,0835Kino Lorber
11Sleight$27,725-67%49-64$566$3,914,4305High Top Releasing
12Life (2017)$23,870-39%43-44$555$30,223,97210Sony / Columbia
13Your Name.$23,822-12%20-5$1,191$4,895,9648FUNimation Entertainment
14Berlin Syndrome$22,916--25--$917$22,9161Vertical Entertainment
16The Women's Balcony$20,624--2--$10,312$296,07413Menemsha Films
17Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$19,879--2--$9,940$29,1061Abramorama
18KEDi$18,0965%190$952$2,656,20616Oscilloscope Laboratories
19Like Crazy$17,722-24%8-5$2,215$65,7064Strand Releasing
20Hidden Figures$17,305-69%29-52$597$169,312,13523Fox
21Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe$14,07732%2-2$7,039$50,9333First Run Features
22Champion$13,636-87%16-15$852$138,6102ArtAffects Entertainment
23Hermia & Helena$12,986--2--$6,493$12,9861Kino Lorber
24Afterimage$10,57481%65$1,762$18,4882Film Movement
26Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$10,357-17%21$5,179$28,2842PBS Distribution
27Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$10,114-34%12-12$843$252,6696IFC Films
28The Dinner$8,545-77%20-72$427$1,308,8064The Orchard
29Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$7,923-48%13-20$609$181,3086The Orchard
30The Commune$7,643-17%136$588$22,5402Magnolia Pictures
31Battle of Memories$7,639-64%5-6$1,528$587,4705China Lion Film
33This Is Not What I Expected$6,512-75%3-9$2,171$325,5494Well Go USA
34Maurice (2017 re-release)$6,201-11%10$6,201$18,0332Cohen Media Group
35Journey to the South Pacific$5,668-54%31$1,889$7,268,265183IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
37Born to Be Wild 3D$4,909-10%12-5$409$25,372,458321Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The King's Case Note$4,595-37%3-1$1,532$86,8455CJ Entertainment
39Cezanne and I$4,446129%4-2$1,112$236,1109Magnolia Pictures
40Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$4,104-27%10$4,104$33,5423Rialto Pictures
41Phoenix Forgotten$4,004-66%5-8$801$3,590,6866Cinelou Films
42David Lynch: The Art Life$3,39020%1-2$3,390$149,4779Janus
43I am Not Your Negro$3,383-11%6-1$564$7,115,50617Magnolia Pictures
44Slack Bay$3,102379%65$517$44,4466Kino Lorber Films
45Frantz$2,739-5%5-1$548$872,13411Music Box Films
46Under the Sea 3D$2,641-65%9-2$293$35,424,167433Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Personal Shopper$2,0488%3-2$683$1,298,87112IFC Films
48Tommy's Honour$1,887-67%7-6$270$566,6677Roadside Attractions
49Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$1,803-36%21$902$183,3529Arrow Films
507 Witches$1,791264%21$896$26,9526Indican Pictures
51Swept Away (1974)$1,752--1--$1,752$6,8487Kino Lorber
52Hubble 3D$1,73633%40$434$51,842,212376Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Graduation$1,599-50%4-4$400$170,1368IFC Films / Sundance Selects
54Seven Beauties (1975)$1,572--1--$1,572$9,8177Kino Lorber
55Alive and Kicking$1,20734%41$302$54,6338Magnolia Pictures
56Song To Song$672-22%30$224$442,55411Broad Green Pictures
57After the Storm$645144%31$215$252,21011Film Movement
58The Transfiguration$616238%1-1$616$19,4538Strand Releasing
59The Red Turtle$601-62%1-4$601$921,27919Sony Pictures Classics
60Soul on a String$575-58%20$288$2,0282Film Movement
61Panique (2017 Restoration)$500--2--$250$41,35319Rialto Pictures
62Suntan$444--1--$444$6,64312Strand Releasing
63Glory$382-45%10$382$17,2597Film Movement
64Behind the White Glasses$336--1--$336$2,0076Kino Lorber
65Burden (2017)$305-79%1-2$305$18,3344Magnolia Pictures
66Radio Dreams$261-90%10$261$3,9362Matson Films
67The Void$170-1%10$170$150,7958Cartilage Films
68Who's Crazy?$149--1--$149$3,49712Kino Lorber
69A Woman, A Part$54-5%10$54$23,40610Strand Releasing