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, May. 25 2015

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 25 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Pitch Perfect 2$7,440,400-26%3,56087$2,090$125,738,7952Universal
3Mad Max: Fury Road$6,648,179-26%3,72220$1,786$94,717,7202Warner Bros.
4Avengers: Age of Ultron$6,507,209-19%3,727-549$1,746$411,369,3854Disney
5Poltergeist (2015)$3,721,046-37%3,240--$1,148$26,341,4321Fox
6Hot Pursuit (2015)$945,702-28%2,577-460$367$30,030,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
7Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$762,0832%1,878-754$406$66,456,7676Sony / Columbia
8Home (2015)$724,7806%1,444-562$502$168,792,4979Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Furious 7$562,050-32%1,653-585$340$347,723,3208Universal
10The Age of Adaline$478,190-10%1,643-980$291$40,355,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 25 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Far from the Madding Crowd$705,576-11%865576$816$6,155,4154Fox Searchlight
2Ex Machina$401,848-23%896-822$448$22,379,6377A24
3Woman In Gold$315,053-4%662-214$476$30,700,8808Weinstein Company
4Tanu Weds Manu Returns$265,275--136--$1,951$1,271,7511Eros International
5Cinderella (2015)$142,404--356-285$400$197,998,80211Disney
6Where Hope Grows$104,47917%221-55$473$971,3952Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
7Monkey Kingdom$74,799--290-385$258$15,867,1566Disneynature
8The Divergent Series: Insurgent$68,117-28%266-237$256$128,734,48010Lionsgate / Summit
9The Longest Ride$63,175-39%329-474$192$36,856,7477Fox
10Little Boy$61,83621%181-309$342$6,234,6465Open Road
11Get Hard$59,075-41%255-250$232$89,362,0509Warner Bros.
12McFarland, USA$57,389--171--$336$44,076,26314Disney
13The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$50,466-17%187-8$270$162,950,64716Paramount
14American Sniper$42,529-41%251-127$169$349,936,61822Warner Bros.
15Kingsman: The Secret Service$42,472-35%186-51$228$127,859,74715Fox
16The Water Diviner$36,460-16%125-163$292$3,984,6195Warner Bros.
18While We're Young$29,876--114--$262$7,375,2159A24
19Paddington$19,8037%145-69$137$76,054,99019Weinstein / Dimension
20It Follows$14,332-25%10642$135$14,601,64511RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
21Good Kill$10,048--143--$70$240,9162IFC Films
22Bombay Velvet$8,647-36%128--$68$437,6052Fox International Productions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 25 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$88,375-13%2623$3,399$453,6272Bleecker Street
2Iris (2015)$49,302--73--$675$682,9414Magnolia Pictures
35 Flights Up$41,070-8%80-14$513$752,3913Focus World
4The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$36,174--56--$646$278,1433Music Box Films
5Slow West$19,348--50--$387$105,2752A24
6Chocolate City$15,411-28%15--$1,027$114,2401Freestyle Releasing
7Danny Collins$13,446-18%79-14$170$5,585,97110Bleecker Street
8The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$12,288-22%72-40$171$32,945,27212Fox Searchlight
9Hubble 3D$12,121--17--$713$48,846,825271Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Clouds of Sils Maria$12,004--63--$191$1,601,9027IFC Films
11Do You Believe?$11,179-3%58-70$193$12,944,17710Pure Flix
12Welcome to Me$10,091-39%29--$348$522,7354Alchemy
13The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$9,834--3--$3,278$82,7003Janus Films
14About Elly$9,680--10--$968$206,2847Cinema Guild
15When Marnie Was There$9,674-8%2--$4,837$37,0631GKIDS
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$6,933-23%350$198$9,666,91260Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Journey to the South Pacific$6,853--11--$623$6,513,91378IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$5,540--43--$129$113,663,51423Fox
19The Connection (2015)$4,391--5--$878$38,6532Drafthouse Films
20The Lazarus Effect$4,005-37%32-23$125$25,781,19813Relativity Media
21True Story$3,597-24%28-23$128$4,701,5966Fox Searchlight
22Big Hero 6$3,013--33--$91$222,520,42629Disney
23Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World$2,758--10--$276$22,6302Icarus Films
24Freetown$2,2197825%7-2$317$382,7377Purdie Distribution
25The Wrecking Crew$1,939--7--$277$752,64211Magnolia Pictures
26Black Souls$1,890--9--$210$96,3097Alchemy
27Sunshine Superman$1,856--3--$619$10,8471Magnolia / CNN Films
28Noble$1,821--7--$260$341,5773Aspiration Media
29Desert Dancer$1,459-23%7-2$208$153,4927Relativity Media
30Brotherly Love$1,24938%6-13$208$477,5395Freestyle Releasing
31Love at First Fight$1,091--2--$546$4,2781Strand Releasing
32The Seven Five$970--4--$243$39,5683IFC Films
33Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$955--9--$106$617,77810Amplify
34The Film Critic$842--2--$421$4,6792Music Box Films
35Roar (2015 re-issue)$828--9--$92$90,3376Drafthouse / Olive Films
36Aloft$658--2--$329$2,7741Sony Pictures Classics
37Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$602--4--$151$975,70215Music Box Films
38Kung Fu Killer$512--3--$171$127,5065Well Go USA
39White God$506--7--$72$264,8909Magnolia Pictures
40Jauja$431--1--$431$43,65910Cinema Guild
41Born to Be Wild 3D$428--14--$31$24,090,721216Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Under the Sea 3D$375--10--$38$34,549,167328Warner Bros. / IMAX
43An Honest Liar$370--3--$123$177,84612Abramorama
44She's Beautiful When She's Angry$359--5--$72$368,23325International Film Circuit
45Adult Beginners$321--100$32$103,2675RADiUS-TWC
46To the Arctic 3D$236--2--$118$14,344,001162Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Song of the Sea$177-92%4-1$44$857,48523GKIDS
48The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$176-7%1--$176$86,50711Rialto Pictures
49Our Man In Tehran$45--1--$45$2,3782First Run Features
50Gerontophilia$13--1--$13$4,7934Strand Releasing