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, Jul. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Spider-Man: Far from Home$92,579,212--4,634--$19,978$185,063,0621Sony / Columbia
2Toy Story 4$33,860,355-43%4,540-35$7,458$306,117,8993Disney
3Yesterday$10,055,420-41%2,61411$3,847$36,188,1602Universal Pictures
4Annabelle Comes Home$9,450,438-53%3,6130$2,616$49,837,1542Warner Bros.
7The Secret Life of Pets 2$4,675,595-36%2,846-507$1,643$140,658,9305Universal
8Men in Black: International$3,782,098-43%2,716-947$1,393$72,137,7834Sony / Columbia
9Avengers: Endgame$3,118,317-49%1,985-40$1,571$847,881,15011Disney
10Rocketman$2,612,554-34%1,409-594$1,854$89,014,9386Paramount Pictures
11John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$2,129,411-34%1,493-57$1,426$165,116,3548Lionsgate
12Child's Play$1,492,831-66%1,707-1300$875$26,854,5703United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

1Godzilla: King of the Monsters$800,428-63%721-649$1,110$108,263,1706Warner Bros.
2Shaft$660,400-54%439-508$1,504$20,085,7934Warner Bros.
3Late Night$559,154-49%393-478$1,423$14,208,7005Amazon Studios
4Pavarotti$458,110-17%250-38$1,832$2,971,7415CBS Films
5Dark Phoenix$442,744-76%426-761$1,039$64,641,0615Fox
6The Last Black Man in San Francisco$431,572-3%18833$2,296$2,750,6875A24
7Echo In the Canyon$297,07218%1443$2,063$1,985,8377Greenwich Entertainment
8Booksmart$230,372-31%160-5$1,440$21,704,4937United Artists Releasing
9POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$223,525-36%247-64$905$143,067,7089Warner Bros.
10Anna$190,863-87%324-1790$589$7,280,1853Lionsgate / Summit
11The Dead Don't Die$186,220-65%267-285$697$6,303,0504Focus Features
12The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$177,973-61%179-26$994$966,4232ArtAffects Entertainment
13Ma (2019)$176,260-68%197-271$895$45,115,2356Universal Pictures
14The Biggest Little Farm$132,110-7%107-15$1,235$3,781,7099Neon
15Red Joan$128,7327148%126117$1,022$1,389,75212IFC Films
16Shazam!$65,104-10%104-24$626$140,205,15514Warner Bros.
17Dumbo$61,548-23%103-17$598$114,547,69815Walt Disney Pictures
18A Dog's Journey$59,045-40%116-35$509$22,397,2058Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

1Wild Rose$209,384251%6347$3,324$381,1543Neon
2Maiden$130,845179%2418$5,452$207,5942Sony Pictures Classics
3Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$81,48448%4820$1,698$247,3683Magnolia Pictures
4Missing Link$66,5763408%12-3$5,548$16,709,24113United Artists Releasing
5The Hustle$66,576-26%85-31$783$35,374,9539United Artists Releasing
6Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$44,942--4--$11,236$44,9421Roadside Attractions
7A Brother's Love$27,004-37%302$900$414,1575Entertainment One
8The Souvenir$20,220-17%14-13$1,444$989,2048A24
9The Chambermaid$14,382162%43$3,596$47,5612Kino Lorber
10Framing John Delorean$12,738-22%261$490$128,1025IFC Films
11All Is True$12,216-40%23-11$531$1,151,2449Sony Pictures Classics
12Hampstead$10,99830%11-4$1,000$82,2284IFC Films
13Paris Is Burning (2019 re-issue)$10,781-5%61$1,797$82,4374Janus Films
14The Other Story$10,364-27%72$1,481$38,7262Strand Releasing
15Ophelia$7,636-66%27-31$283$43,1262IFC Films
16Hubble 3D$6,941--1--$6,941$52,480,650486Warner Bros. / IMAX
17The Quiet One$6,431208%127$536$25,6683IFC Films IFC Films
18The Fall of The American Empire$6,099-27%9-3$678$2,822,24254Sony Pictures Classics
19The White Crow$5,953-77%24-74$248$1,803,29911Sony Pictures Classics
20Non-Fiction$5,660-44%12-7$472$689,85610IFC Films
21Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch$5,364-54%2-1$2,682$188,3325Well Go USA
22American Woman$5,237-16%7-3$748$231,0944Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment
23The Third Wife$4,481-9%4-1$1,120$69,7058Film Movement
24Dogman$4,334-55%7-2$619$141,40213Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
25The Queen (2019 re-release)$4,051-44%10$4,051$17,4492Kino Lorber
26Under the Sea 3D$3,88040%4-1$970$36,122,675543Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Amazing Grace$3,859-68%180$214$4,435,23714Neon
28War and Peace$3,116--1--$3,116$126,77821Janus Films
29Shadow$2,813-3%2-1$1,407$507,47410Well Go USA Entertainment
30Long Day's Journey Into Night$2,583-31%3-1$861$458,78913Kino Lorber
31Walking On Water$2,031-56%4-2$508$88,5358Kino Lorber
32Apollo 11$2,020-92%51$404$8,927,54019Neon
33Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,897--6--$316$70,58612Zeitgeist Films
35In the Aisles$1,667123%31$556$13,2694Music Box Films
36The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil$1,589-70%1-1$1,589$211,3415Well Go USA Entertainment
37Ask Dr. Ruth$1,584-65%31$528$296,12410Magnolia Pictures
38Before Stonewall$1,380-38%1-1$1,380$12,4053First Run Features
39Diamantino$1,112-73%51$222$60,5237Kino Lorber
40Christ Stopped at Eboli$9690%10$969$48,58814Rialto Pictures
41Pasolini$84388%1-1$843$28,7709Kino Lorber
42Rafiki$686180%20$343$134,24712Film Movement
43Three Peaks$378-73%10$378$3,3622Greenwich Entertainment
44Deep Sea 3D$164--1--$164$46,398,619697Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Wandering Soap Opera$25-89%1-1$25$2,5118Cinema Guild