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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jul. 4 2016

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Finding Dory$9,619,207-28%4,3050$2,234$381,785,9853Disney
2The Legend of Tarzan$8,054,549-32%3,561--$2,262$46,582,4051Warner Bros.
3Independence Day: Resurgence$4,962,960-15%4,09123$1,213$77,838,9992Fox
4The Purge: Election Year$4,624,185-39%2,796--$1,654$36,139,2951Universal
5The BFG$3,941,459-27%3,357--$1,174$22,716,8091Disney / DreamWorks
6Central Intelligence$2,892,706-30%3,166-342$914$94,842,1333Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Shallows$1,751,050-35%2,9620$591$36,779,8872Sony / Columbia
8Free State of Jones$1,162,043-19%2,781-34$418$16,368,2642STX Entertainment
9Now You See Me 2$744,859-24%1,788-957$417$59,443,0684Lionsgate / Summit
10The Conjuring 2$680,730-43%2,008-1025$339$95,950,2514Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Swiss Army Man$258,995-40%636633$407$1,828,0342A24
2Our Kind of Traitor$225,208-29%373--$604$1,209,9061Roadside Attractions
3X-Men: Apocalypse$208,074-31%630-1049$330$153,711,1676Fox
4Me Before You$193,528-26%523-1015$370$53,901,0765Warner Bros. / New Line
5Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$187,505-24%719-1228$261$79,702,3275Paramount
6Captain America: Civil War$180,650-27%367-386$492$405,599,6179Disney
7The Jungle Book (2016)$140,542-33%294-184$478$359,618,18512Disney
8Love & Friendship$107,467-24%185-96$581$12,658,4798Roadside / Amazon
10Alice Through the Looking Glass$69,847-45%192-303$364$75,744,9096Disney
11The Angry Birds Movie$66,828-31%278-165$240$105,749,0187Sony / Columbia
12The Lobster$64,671-44%151-59$428$7,998,39715A24
13The Nice Guys$59,585-41%264-27$226$35,572,0327Warner Bros.
14Maggie's Plan$57,322--158--$363$2,680,3187Sony Pictures Classics
16Money Monster$29,993-26%17241$174$40,750,3368Sony / TriStar
17The Neon Demon$23,742--185-598$128$1,122,5392Broad Green / Amazon
18Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$15,785-54%147-42$107$55,149,4957Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Beautiful Planet$48,249--36--$1,340$3,071,86410IMAX
2Hunt for the Wilderpeople$36,840-27%2318$1,602$292,5272The Orchard
3Genius$32,310-26%98-54$330$1,075,8714Roadside Attractions
4The Music of Strangers$31,722-23%6118$520$379,1174The Orchard
5The Man Who Knew Infinity$26,690--61--$438$3,688,08410IFC Films
6Dark Horse (2016)$23,453--67--$350$656,6259Sony Pictures Classics
8Weiner$20,147--67--$301$1,390,2067IFC Films / Sundance Selects
9Tickled$10,648--25--$426$198,6093Magnolia Pictures
11Barbershop: The Next Cut$8,478-37%66-14$128$53,966,57212Warner Bros. / New Line
12No One's Life Is Easy (So I Married An Anti-Fan)$7,536--22--$343$66,3031
13The Meddler$7,216--30--$241$4,192,20911Sony Pictures Classics
14Miracles from Heaven$7,119-25%49-26$145$61,626,28416Sony / Columbia
15Les Cowboys$6,502--12--$542$49,7592Cohen Media Group
16Eat That Question$6,465--10--$647$67,1152Sony Pictures Classics
17Eye in the Sky$4,935-21%37-10$133$18,667,84817Bleecker Street
18The Kind Words$4,900--4--$1,225$34,4222Strand Releasing
19The Witness (2016)$4,422--7--$632$112,7765FilmRise
20Sing Street$3,756-44%20-13$188$3,109,44812Weinstein Company
21Kung Fu Panda 3$3,754-15%29-18$129$143,485,75823Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22A Bigger Splash$3,137--17--$185$2,016,1009Fox Searchlight
23Three$2,899--6--$483$109,5632 Inc. Well Go USA
24Life, Animated$2,867-46%3--$956$24,7501The Orchard
25The Fits$2,820--11--$256$110,8885Oscilloscope
26Saturday's Warrior$2,2601492%94$251$664,30314Purdie Distribution
27Dough$2,234--8--$279$1,057,37321Menemsha Films
28Born to Be Wild 3D$1,961--3--$654$24,794,796274Warner Bros. / IMAX
29God's Not Dead 2$1,718-16%14-5$123$20,762,04414Pure Flix
30Dheepan$1,680--16--$105$229,8609IFC Films / Sundance Selects
31Diary of a Chambermaid$1,602--5--$320$54,2354Cohen Media Group
32Hello, My Name Is Doris$1,492-35%18-11$83$14,422,78217Roadside Attractions
33A Hologram for the King$1,324-39%6-8$221$4,210,32911Roadside Attractions
34Our Last Tango$1,307--4--$327$96,91512Strand Releasing
35Last Cab to Darwin$1,101--3--$367$7,1864First Run Features
36Miles Ahead$1,084--17--$64$2,603,31814Sony Pictures Classics
37Argentina$1,035--3--$345$10,2333First Run Features
38Right Now, Wrong Then$978--2--$489$15,4862
39The Wailing$944--3--$315$731,5497Well Go USA
40Journey to the South Pacific$875--1--$875$7,140,284136IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
41High-Rise$570--7--$81$317,5778Magnolia / Magnet
42Hubble 3D$503--3--$168$51,692,978329Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Paths of the Soul$41923%10$419$19,0668
44Germans & Jews$404--1--$404$20,8884First Run Features
45Wedding Doll$394--4--$99$54,02412Strand Releasing
46Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$381--6--$64$47,1533
47Roseanne for President!$380--2--$190$3,7201IFC Films
48Sunset Song$284--8--$36$134,1598Magnolia Pictures
49From Afar$202--3--$67$23,2024Strand Releasing
50Under the Sea 3D$140--2--$70$35,053,502386Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Band of Outsiders (2016 re-issue)$115-54%10$115$30,4689Rialto Pictures
52Presenting Princess Shaw$75--1--$75$33,5086Magnolia Pictures
53Chevalier$52--1--$52$25,1546Strand Releasing