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. 11 - Sun, May. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Infinity War$62,078,047-46%4,4740$13,875$548,090,1503Disney
2Life Of The Party$17,886,075--3,656--$4,892$17,886,0751Warner Bros. / New Line
3Breaking In$17,630,285--2,537--$6,949$17,630,2851Universal Pictures
4Overboard$9,864,415-33%2,006383$4,917$29,358,3922Lionsgate / Pantelion
5A Quiet Place$6,455,396-17%3,144-269$2,053$169,608,0306Paramount
6I Feel Pretty$3,805,437-25%2,858-374$1,332$43,952,0134STX Entertainment
7Rampage$3,462,442-25%2,548-603$1,359$89,827,1055Warner Bros
8Tully$2,248,945-31%1,3563$1,659$6,992,0052Focus Features
9Black Panther$2,077,207-36%1,370-271$1,516$696,331,81813Disney
10A Wrinkle in Time$1,156,780182%1,9841690$583$96,812,65610Walt Disney Pictures
12Isle of Dogs$1,072,56733%1,046344$1,025$29,951,9418Fox Searchlight
13Super Troopers 2$982,594-47%1,379-739$713$27,383,171420th Century Fox
14Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$916,100-51%1,269-635$722$39,727,0005Universal
15Bad Samaritan$518,597-70%1,546-461$335$3,088,5222Electric Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1RBG$1,188,186105%184150$6,458$2,025,9532Magnolia Pictures
2Ready Player One$892,682-33%804-601$1,110$134,563,6017Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
3Disobedience$420,89538%10069$4,209$1,189,0963Bleecker Street
4Sherlock Gnomes$406,2212%608-28$668$41,760,1618Paramount / MGM
5I Can Only Imagine$403,218-6%429-231$940$82,506,5879Roadside Attractions
6102 Not Out$293,604-39%1020$2,878$984,9932Sony Pictures Releasing International
7Traffik$276,173-65%381-366$725$8,910,7874Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
8Chappaquiddick$249,827-30%317-199$788$16,968,1396Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9Tyler Perry's Acrimony$206,818-47%257-141$805$43,241,8947Lionsgate
10Sunset Boulevard (1950) presented by TCM$169,067--628--$269$169,0671Fathom Events
11The Death of Stalin$128,259-27%130-70$987$7,699,42710IFC Films
12The Miracle Season$125,057-27%234-96$534$9,927,8436LD Entertainment
13Game Night$114,888-1%158-25$727$68,748,29512Warner Bros.
14Tomb Raider$114,295-11%160-27$714$57,228,4989Warner Bros.
15Peter Rabbit$101,092-35%179-53$565$114,930,11114Sony / Columbia
16You Were Never Really Here$84,450-50%102-83$828$2,360,3946Amazon Studios
17Lean on Pete$73,949-43%129-58$573$1,062,1646A24
18Pacific Rim Uprising$61,425-25%112-49$548$59,163,2308Universal
19Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$52,622-24%109-21$483$2,933,0715Fun Academy
20Paul, Apostle of Christ$50,472-24%112-34$451$17,499,8768Sony Pictures Entertainment
21Love, Simon$40,578-47%103-36$394$40,697,137920th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Nothing to Lose (2018)$679,531--69--$9,848$679,5311Swen
2The Rider$221,43967%8538$2,605$847,7495Sony Pictures Classics
3Pandas$112,89822%350$3,226$1,159,8836Warner Bros.
4Let The Sunshine In$110,88573%3425$3,261$259,9753IFC Films
5The Seagull$79,016--6--$13,169$79,0161Sony Pictures Classics
6Beirut$61,982-45%67-73$925$4,901,7505Bleecker Street
7The Greatest Showman$61,273-11%89-34$688$173,881,87621Fox
8Lu Over the Wall$60,773--97--$627$60,7731GKIDS
9Beast$53,248--4--$13,312$53,2481Roadside Attractions
10Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$49,641-27%98-20$507$404,422,30021Sony / Columbia
11Revenge (2018)$45,924--37--$1,241$45,9241Neon
12Finding Your Feet$41,193-9%611$675$1,336,5547Roadside Attractions
13The Leisure Seeker$38,969-19%67-9$582$3,096,48310Sony Pictures Classics
14God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$29,58292%6723$442$5,673,8837Pure Flix
15A Bag Of Marbles$25,232-24%150$1,682$266,3918Gaumont
16The Endless$24,067-5%18-1$1,337$213,4166Well Go USA Entertainment
17Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$23,626-6%302$788$284,3245Kino Lorber
18Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$22,717--2--$11,359$22,7171Magnolia Pictures
19Death Wish$19,213-12%23-6$835$33,977,35511MGM
20Racer and the Jailbird$17,650602%4846$368$22,5632Super LTD / Neon
21Champion$17,095--2--$8,548$17,0951Well Go USA Entertainment
22Little Pink House$16,673-35%132$1,283$159,9904
23Ghost Stories$16,315-29%16-8$1,020$118,3854IFC Films / IFC Midnight
241945$12,897-40%16-3$806$663,52228Menemsha Films
25Back to Burgundy$12,883-31%173$758$236,7718Music Box Films
26Red Sparrow$12,418-30%32-19$388$46,781,4691120th Century Fox
27Final Portrait$12,345-37%24-16$514$443,2258Sony Pictures Classics
28Keep The Change$10,79556%94$1,199$169,8249Kino Lorber
29Sollers Point$10,618--1--$10,618$10,6181Oscilloscope Laboratories
30Godard Mon Amour$10,352-10%12-8$863$69,0254Cohen Media Group
31Foxtrot$10,1957%220$463$606,36111Sony Pictures Classics
32The Strangers: Prey At Night$9,416-49%24-16$392$24,419,77510Aviron Pictures
33Always at the Carlyle$9,239--1--$9,239$9,2391Good Deed Entertainment
34The Guardians$8,82718%32$2,942$20,4282Music Box Films
35Oh Lucy!$8,20547%134$631$357,83811Film Movement
36Filmworker$7,984--1--$7,984$16,8571Kino Lorber
37Getting Grace$7,711-16%40$1,928$208,5318Hannover House
39Hubble 3D$6,90053%61$1,150$52,184,528426Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$6,790-15%112$617$800,61925Zeitgeist
41Zama$6,481-63%7-9$926$159,7415Strand Releasing
42Borg vs. McEnroe$5,504-43%8-5$688$228,7665Neon
43Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum$5,228-63%4-1$1,307$111,1745Well Go USA Entertainment
44Hitler's Hollywood$5,0821000%31$1,694$33,5645Kino Lorber
45Leaning Into The Wind$4,87371%123$406$373,28310Magnolia Pictures
46The Day After$4,474--1--$4,474$4,4741Cinema Guild
47The Devil and Father Amorth$4,420698%40$1,105$19,3564The Orchard
49A Fantastic Woman$3,855-44%71$551$2,019,55415Sony Pictures Classics
50Sweet Country$3,502-55%4-3$876$85,5566Samuel Goldwyn Films
51Summer In The Forest$3,35882%30$1,119$44,2428Abramorama
52The Desert Bride$3,26654%31$1,089$6,8812Strand Releasing
53The Doctor From India$3,208--2--$1,604$11,9154Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films
54Under the Sea 3D$2,4567%7-2$351$35,824,720483Warner Bros. / IMAX
55The Post$2,178-62%9-5$242$81,902,4572120th Century Fox
56Beuys$2,143--1--$2,143$62,85117Kino Lorber
57Deep Sea 3D$1,78855%40$447$46,340,586637Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Love After Love$1,631-59%5-11$326$112,3047IFC Films
59Claire's Camera$1,600-47%2-2$800$72,51910Cinema Guild
60Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$1,471--2--$736$11,230,859215Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Ismael's Ghosts$1,390-35%7-1$199$101,0688Magnolia Pictures
62Cold Water$965-67%10$965$16,1233Janus Films
63Outside In$8620%10$862$68,6977The Orchard
64Journey to the South Pacific$690470%10$690$7,626,105233IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
65The Workshop$662985%10$662$21,2868Strand Releasing
66Western$662--2--$331$35,96713Cinema Guild
67Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$653-81%10$653$29,5384Rialto Pictures
68The Heart of Nuba$615-96%1-3$615$28,7586Abramorama
69Kings$516-96%5-65$103$273,7003The Orchard
70Jet Trash$482-66%1-1$482$10,0723Indican Pictures
71Bye Bye Germany$452-92%2-4$226$35,1065Film Movement
72Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free$425-30%10$425$12,5894Cinema Libre Studio
73The Young Karl Marx$326-45%20$163$125,44812The Orchard
74Higher Power$299--3--$100$2991Magnet Releasing
75Born to Be Wild 3D$276-86%5-4$55$25,701,483371Warner Bros. / IMAX
76The Great Silence$260-88%2-1$130$38,5727Film Movement
77The House of Tomorrow$98-60%20$49$12,5663Shout! Factory
78Tehran Taboo$38--1--$38$74,75813Kino Lorber