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. 30 2016

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Apocalypse$14,040,571-26%4,150--$3,383$79,810,1331Fox
2Alice Through the Looking Glass$6,648,895-18%3,763--$1,767$33,507,6211Disney
3The Angry Birds Movie$5,791,464-10%3,9320$1,473$72,214,2642Sony / Columbia
4Captain America: Civil War$4,608,785-17%3,395-831$1,358$377,480,4574Disney
5The Jungle Book (2016)$2,425,814-8%2,523-937$961$341,024,5557Disney
6Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising$2,088,595-34%3,41632$611$40,679,5552Universal
7The Nice Guys$1,737,198-25%2,8650$606$23,617,1042Warner Bros.
8Money Monster$1,297,361-17%2,315-789$560$35,278,4013Sony / TriStar
9The Darkness$174,599-26%1,004-765$174$10,000,2803High Top / BH Tilt

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Love & Friendship$741,846-10%493446$1,505$4,148,5383Roadside / Amazon
3The Lobster$238,537-9%11692$2,056$2,207,42410A24
4The Man Who Knew Infinity$175,606--291--$603$2,470,4235IFC Films
5The Meddler$173,623--420--$413$3,143,5136Sony Pictures Classics
6Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice$117,687-36%36140$326$329,479,31810Warner Bros.
7A Bigger Splash$114,964-16%378250$304$1,433,1074Fox Searchlight
8Barbershop: The Next Cut$81,639-9%265-479$308$53,309,1197Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Huntsman: Winter's War$78,940-33%374-872$211$47,576,0256Universal
10Mother's Day (2016)$73,732-8%335-1384$220$32,182,6205Open Road
11Miracles from Heaven$58,895-34%2078$285$61,074,00711Sony / Columbia
12Kung Fu Panda 3$51,733-46%193-26$268$143,143,20518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Boss$44,585-48%231-441$193$62,736,8658Universal
14Sing Street$41,307-6%175-345$236$2,804,5607Weinstein Company
15The Divergent Series: Allegiant$20,419-23%153-41$133$66,157,93011Lionsgate / Summit
16Keanu$19,241-21%121-586$159$20,330,4195Warner Bros. / New Line
1810 Cloverfield Lane$17,461-56%120-56$146$72,055,21812Paramount
19Ratchet & Clank$17,445-73%159-187$110$8,800,9085Focus / Gramercy

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2016LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Weiner$55,178--26--$2,122$342,2132IFC Films / Sundance Selects
2A Beautiful Planet$53,114--42--$1,265$1,633,2975IMAX
3Maggie's Plan$33,000--19--$1,737$225,4772Sony Pictures Classics
4Eye in the Sky$21,965-8%81-117$271$18,386,43912Bleecker Street
5Hello, My Name Is Doris$15,705-28%83-73$189$14,202,76212Roadside Attractions
6London Has Fallen$14,733-27%96-43$153$62,506,91613Focus / Gramercy
7Dark Horse (2016)$12,751--13--$981$143,5824Sony Pictures Classics
8God's Not Dead 2$8,634-21%48-54$180$20,676,8499Pure Flix
9Miles Ahead$7,398--42--$176$2,528,7939Sony Pictures Classics
10High-Rise$6,614--27--$245$228,0563Magnolia / Magnet
11Green Room$5,839-52%30-132$195$3,161,9107A24
12A Hologram for the King$5,521-35%38-100$145$4,118,7006Roadside Attractions
13Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero$5,470--6--$912$156,7183Oky Doky Productions
14Sunset Song$4,962--15--$331$73,5863Magnolia Pictures
15Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things$4,372--23--$190$156,3141
16Ma ma$4,338--11--$394$29,0592Oscilloscope
17Saturday's Warrior$3,8522089%6-4$642$613,1689Purdie Distribution
19The Lady in the Van$3,690--21--$176$10,002,82626Sony Pictures Classics
20Dheepan$3,684--15--$246$100,9014IFC Films / Sundance Selects
21The Fallen Idol (2016 re-issue)$3,582-9%2--$1,791$15,7181Rialto Pictures
22Meet the Blacks$3,143-20%28-22$112$9,076,0999Freestyle Releasing
23Pelé: Birth of a Legend$2,845--11--$259$42,9183IFC Films
24Holy Hell (2015)$2,100--3--$700$11,3381WRA Productions LLC
25Chevalier$1,748--3--$583$7,7161Strand Releasing
26Star Wars: The Force Awakens$1,450--20--$73$936,660,09024Disney
27The Ones Below$1,414--4--$354$6,6051Magnolia / Magnet
28Our Last Tango$1,307--6--$218$72,6667Strand Releasing
29Presenting Princess Shaw$1,235--3--$412$6,0491Magnolia Pictures
30Unlocking the Cage$1,182--1--$1,182$8,6841First Run Features
31Papa: Hemingway in Cuba$1,14912%12-33$96$1,110,3765Yari Film Group
32Kaili Blues$849--1--$849$11,6702
33Tale of Tales$679--6--$113$92,0786IFC Films
34April and the Extraordinary World$64322%9-6$71$292,14410GKIDS
35Born to Be Blue$641--7--$92$801,19210IFC Films
36Viva (2016)$605--6--$101$159,9995Magnolia Pictures
37Hubble 3D$507--5--$101$51,680,017324Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Under the Sea 3D$476--8--$60$35,022,612381Warner Bros. / IMAX
39I Saw the Light$414--6--$69$1,644,74210Sony Pictures Classics
40Elstree 1976$375--3--$125$11,2244FilmRise
41Almost Holy$360-22%50$72$7,3172
42A Monster with a Thousand Heads$330--3--$110$14,6063Music Box Films
43Journey to the South Pacific$184--2--$92$7,129,840131IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
44Born to Be Wild 3D$161--13--$12$24,705,474269Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The First Monday in May$155--4--$39$520,3227Magnolia Pictures
46Fireworks Wednesday (2016 re-issue)$147--1--$147$76,90811Grasshopper Film
47Aferim!$136--1--$136$101,87819Big World Pictures
49Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$83--4--$21$10,637,113113Warner Bros. / IMAX
50Louder Than Bombs$70-75%3-7$23$163,2378The Orchard
51Sworn Virgin$32--1--$32$4,5556Strand Releasing