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. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Avengers: Endgame$63,299,904-57%4,6620$13,578$723,745,6433Disney
2POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$54,365,242--4,202--$12,938$54,365,2421Warner Bros.
3The Hustle$13,007,709--3,007--$4,326$13,007,7091United Artists Releasing
4The Intruder$7,190,325-34%2,2220$3,236$21,565,4512Sony / Screen Gems
5Long Shot$6,271,532-36%3,2300$1,942$19,883,4672Lionsgate
6Poms$5,361,937--2,750--$1,950$5,361,9371STX Entertainment
7UglyDolls$4,147,092-52%3,6520$1,136$14,507,8882STX Entertainment
8Breakthrough$2,575,263-34%1,902-982$1,354$37,216,069420th Century Fox
9Tolkien$2,200,537--1,495--$1,472$2,200,5371Fox Searchlight
10The Curse of La Llorona$1,851,722-50%1,182-1358$1,567$51,451,7534Warner Bros. / New Line
11Captain Marvel$1,846,396-57%1,504-739$1,228$423,810,47510Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Shazam!$1,033,186-59%936-1585$1,104$137,101,9846Warner Bros.
2Dumbo$744,251-51%837-831$889$110,999,5407Walt Disney Pictures
3Little (2019)$684,050-52%586-773$1,167$39,707,7505Universal Pictures
4Student of the Year 2$462,108--190--$2,432$462,1081FIP
5Amazing Grace$366,420-3%260-3$1,409$3,338,3976Neon
6Pet Sematary$264,377-47%304-351$870$54,240,0776Paramount Pictures
7Us (2019)$255,265-48%266-333$960$174,412,6458Universal Pictures
8Red Joan$252,037-2%19555$1,292$898,4144IFC Films
9El Chicano$228,857-67%447-158$512$1,229,8362Briarcliff Entertainment
10How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$142,560-17%187-58$762$160,140,29015Universal / DreamWorks Animation
11Penguins$134,384-59%285-767$472$7,057,3684Disney / Disneynature
12The Mustang$90,810-42%118-111$770$5,005,4259Focus Features
13Missing Link$88,555-69%202-505$438$16,352,2705United Artists Releasing
14Hellboy$50,536-26%127-52$398$21,882,4925Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1The White Crow$149,64858%5031$2,993$402,7813Sony Pictures Classics
2Shadow$126,466360%4743$2,691$169,3502Well Go USA Entertainment
3The Biggest Little Farm$110,492--5--$22,098$110,4921Neon
4Hail Satan?$65,39917%6425$1,022$260,3014Magnolia Pictures
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$59,563-5%89-9$669$73,238,73511Lionsgate
6Ask Dr. Ruth$47,169-49%71-33$664$188,4812Magnolia Pictures
7Non-Fiction$44,42649%53$8,885$87,7382IFC Films
8All Is True$44,211--4--$11,053$47,9271Sony Pictures Classics
9Wild Nights with Emily$42,725-29%57-21$750$402,6705Greenwich Entertainment
10After (2019)$41,320-69%90-137$459$12,057,6335Aviron Pictures
11Hotel Mumbai$40,480-43%50-44$810$9,494,3288Bleecker Street
12Five Feet Apart$38,933-49%87-66$448$45,584,3509CBS Films
13Meeting Gorbachev$36,940104%1917$1,944$61,92021091
14The Best of Enemies$36,613-27%81-53$452$10,191,5456STX Entertainment
15Long Day's Journey Into Night$32,968-10%203$1,648$299,7145Kino Lorber
16High Life$31,121-57%52-46$598$1,165,4316A24
17The Chaperone$31,100--45--$691$468,3917PBS Distribution
18Unplanned$24,197-62%55-79$440$17,999,0797Pure Flix
19Apollo 11$23,882-20%24-34$995$8,650,12611Neon
20Charlie Says$20,684--38--$544$20,6841IFC Films IFC Films
21Hesburgh$14,935-77%23-13$649$128,5553mTuckman Media
22Woman At War$14,761-39%21-16$703$793,19511Magnolia Pictures
23Gloria Bell$12,464-33%24-9$519$5,597,65310A24
24Her Smell$11,234-58%24-39$468$244,7875Gunpowder & Sky
25Rafiki$11,116111%167$695$75,6884Film Movement
26Always Miss You$10,079-78%4-10$2,520$77,1532China Lion Film
27Savage$9,194-75%8-11$1,149$66,0712Well Go USA Entertainment
28The Man Who Killed Don Quixote$8,850--14--$632$345,0345Screen Media
29Dogman$8,75326%111$796$73,9695Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
30Fighting With My Family$8,676-66%28-17$310$22,952,07213MGM
31Pasolini$8,362--1--$8,362$8,3621Kino Lorber
32The Public$6,715-29%14-8$480$552,4746Greenwich Entertainment
33Sunset$6,671-57%373$180$154,1388Sony Pictures Classics
34Transit$5,670-41%5-9$1,134$798,23711Music Box Films
35Carmine Street Guitars$5,5163%42$1,379$26,0733Abramorama
36Never Look Away$4,936-68%3-3$1,645$1,295,45816Sony Pictures Classics
37Diane$4,857-16%16-5$304$335,5597IFC Films
38Working Woman$4,696154%43$1,174$43,0247Zeitgeist
39My Son$4,484--3--$1,495$4,4841Cohen Media Group
40Little Woods$4,437-57%9-7$493$147,0874Neon
41Ash is Purest White$3,428-34%5-5$686$410,6789Cohen Media Group
42Fast Color$3,313-31%4-3$828$74,7064Lionsgate
43Sauvage / Wild$3,184-58%5-2$637$49,3615Strand Releasing
44Ramen Shop$2,927-51%7-3$418$70,1828Strand Releasing
45Faith, Hope & Love$2,80745%53$561$200,2219ArtAffects Entertainment
46Mia and the White Lion$1,728-47%4-1$432$398,7335Ledafilms Entertainment Group
47Babylon$1,592-39%31$531$87,79110Kino Lorber Films
48The Brink$1,412-39%7-3$202$104,2957Magnolia Pictures
49Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey$1,334-56%41$334$42,4495Kino Lorber
50The Heiresses$1,132-12%10$1,132$75,71217Distrib Films US
51Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,118-81%1-6$1,118$40,8054Zeitgeist Films
52Ruben Brandt, Collector$1,101115%1-1$1,101$116,87413Sony Pictures Classics
53High on the Hog$1,006-63%2-1$503$40,6674Indican Pictures
54Suburban Birds$92360%2-1$462$7,8126Cinema Guild
55Capernaum$882-33%30$294$1,657,72122Sony Pictures Classics
56Made Me Do It$60880%10$608$9,5685Indican Pictures
57Body at Brighton Rock$510-48%1-2$510$4,7113Magnolia Pictures
58Hagazussa$27918%10$279$12,6864Doppelganger Releasing
59Hotel By The River$238--1--$238$25,23313Cinema Guild
603 Faces$152-86%2-2$76$68,31210Kino Lorber
61Stan & Ollie$133-20%31$44$5,468,64120Sony Pictures Classics
62Styx$116--1--$116$70,30011Film Movement