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, Mar. 18 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Marvel$5,195,836-73%4,3100$1,206$270,079,8992Disney
2Five Feet Apart$991,402-66%2,803--$354$14,181,6881CBS Films
3Wonder Park$972,713-77%3,838--$253$16,826,3591Paramount
4How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$778,110-71%3,727-315$209$136,354,5157Universal / DreamWorks Animation
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$585,906-72%2,350-92$249$59,405,0883Lionsgate
6Captive State$289,005-60%2,548--$113$3,420,5301Focus Features
7Alita: Battle Angel$214,397-61%1,696-678$126$82,036,291520th Century Fox
8The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$186,042-70%2,046-884$91$101,521,6088Warner Bros.
9Green Book$135,030-58%1,320-777$102$82,736,85618Universal Pictures
10Isn't It Romantic$127,352-53%1,366-857$93$46,439,2015Warner Bros.
11Fighting With My Family$118,680-59%1,580-875$75$21,000,3435MGM

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Manches Frida 2$242,032-81%472--$513$4,073,4331Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2Apollo 11$128,444-61%588183$218$5,605,5363Neon
3The Upside$82,359-59%880-130$94$105,963,51410STX Entertainment
4Greta$78,195-54%980-1437$80$10,065,7753Focus Features
5What Men Want$75,124-60%587-475$128$53,502,3996Paramount
6Happy Death Day 2U$37,145-54%486-612$76$27,563,1955Universal Pictures
7The Kid$36,243-50%2680$135$1,088,9342Lionsgate
8Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$32,566-64%366-458$89$189,514,65614Sony / Columbia
9Badla$30,796-78%11521$268$1,344,5362Reliance Entertainment
10Run The Race$30,349-60%446-307$68$5,902,7854Roadside Attractions
12Bohemian Rhapsody$28,551-48%256-130$112$215,689,4612020th Century Fox
13Aquaman$27,416-66%283-20$97$334,455,37314Warner Bros.
14A Star is Born$27,267-52%443-367$62$215,080,26124Warner Bros.
15Everybody Knows$25,730-65%248-35$104$2,338,6516Focus Features
16Cold Pursuit$22,282-60%376-447$59$31,617,3306Lionsgate / Summit
18They Shall Not Grow Old$12,938-57%150-63$86$17,549,51113Warner Bros.
19Ralph Breaks the Internet$12,687-67%172-37$74$200,822,01517Disney
20The Favourite$11,637-58%143-135$81$34,055,03817Fox Searchlight
21A Dog's Way Home$11,152-65%169-25$66$41,822,32710Sony Pictures
22Mary Poppins Returns$10,617-62%182-33$58$171,696,93213Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria Bell$32,453-65%3934$832$586,5232A24
2The Wedding Guest$10,771-60%9665$112$226,3103IFC Films
3Birds of Passage$9,965-59%9747$103$363,9515The Orchard
4Arctic$8,739-57%97-111$90$2,165,7157Bleecker Street
5If Beale Street Could Talk$8,055-9%59-15$137$14,847,21314Annapurna
6Free Solo$7,817-58%72-47$109$17,370,16725National Geographic Entertainment
7Escape Room$7,319-63%85-25$86$56,618,02411Sony Pictures
8The Mustang$6,035-67%4--$1,509$77,6921Focus Features
9The Aftermath$5,771-64%5--$1,154$62,1901Fox Searchlight
10The Prodigy$5,742-66%88-64$65$14,780,8546Orion Pictures
11Cold War$5,508-30%45-15$122$4,538,93313Amazon Studios
12Faith, Hope & Love$4,510-69%18--$251$59,9131ArtAffects Entertainment
14The Kid Who Would Be King$3,808-12%63-32$60$16,763,122820th Century Fox
15Total Dhamaal$3,482-80%54-64$64$2,154,9894FIP
16Yardie$2,910-53%77--$38$24,9661Rialto Pictures
17Miss Bala$2,355-66%35-29$67$15,000,3827Sony Pictures
18The Hummingbird Project$2,052-81%4--$513$36,2541The Orchard
19The Invisibles$1,316-77%15-1$88$297,3918Greenwich Entertainment
20Cliffs of Freedom$1,106-55%101$111$49,1353
21Destroyer$450-49%5-3$90$1,531,68712Annapurna Pictures
22Uri: The Surgical Strike$274-84%5-4$55$4,183,45310PackYourBag Films
23Ferrante Fever$232149%32$77$10,2952Greenwich Entertainment
24Creed II$163-67%8-12$20$115,715,39217MGM / Warner Bros
25This Magnificent Cake!$78-71%2--$39$3,2883GKIDS
26The Wild Pear Tree$56-87%10$56$27,4857Cinema Guild