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. 25 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Us (2019)$5,957,425-65%3,741--$1,592$77,075,0501Universal Pictures
2Captain Marvel$2,896,405-71%4,278-32$677$323,646,0333Disney
3Wonder Park$811,313-69%3,8380$211$30,049,7342Paramount
4Five Feet Apart$731,427-66%2,86663$255$26,990,0302CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$680,385-65%3,347-380$203$146,420,0808Universal / DreamWorks Animation
6Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$342,544-70%2,187-163$157$66,126,5264Lionsgate
7The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$164,865-56%1,389-657$119$103,529,5139Warner Bros.
8Alita: Battle Angel$142,083-57%1,439-257$99$83,956,461620th Century Fox
9Captive State$126,145-56%2,5491$49$5,396,2502Focus Features

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria Bell$158,463-61%654615$242$2,504,6633A24
2No Manches Frida 2$127,406-81%4720$270$6,744,4712Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
3Apollo 11$91,673-60%586-2$156$6,948,7594Neon
4Isn't It Romantic$74,866-52%918-448$82$47,576,1466Warner Bros.
5Green Book$70,625-57%841-479$84$83,956,25119Universal Pictures
6Fighting With My Family$66,434-58%903-677$74$22,028,6356MGM
7The Upside$60,258-59%647-233$93$106,891,98511STX Entertainment
8Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary Rerelease$36,435-46%708--$51$295,1431Sony Pictures
9What Men Want$33,828-59%404-183$84$54,085,4447Paramount
10Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$28,191-63%278-88$101$189,901,57615Sony / Columbia
11Aquaman$22,266-66%253-30$88$334,798,86215Warner Bros.
12Bohemian Rhapsody$20,590-46%174-82$118$215,956,7252120th Century Fox
14Run The Race$20,340-61%352-94$58$6,227,5055Roadside Attractions
15Happy Death Day 2U$18,145-60%328-158$55$27,869,2756Universal Pictures
16Greta$17,435-49%384-596$45$10,435,9454Focus Features
17The Kid$16,493-57%167-101$99$1,356,1643Lionsgate
18Cold Pursuit$11,611-63%224-152$52$31,836,0367Lionsgate / Summit
19Everybody Knows$11,065-70%143-105$77$2,565,3317Focus Features
20Ralph Breaks the Internet$9,360-61%145-27$65$200,980,26018Disney
21Mary Poppins Returns$9,038-57%134-48$67$171,831,49114Disney
23A Star is Born$7,556-48%164-279$46$215,242,89425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mustang$21,855-65%3834$575$339,6972Focus Features
2The Aftermath$9,995-70%2621$384$210,9772Fox Searchlight
3They Shall Not Grow Old$9,975-40%86-64$116$17,662,43414Warner Bros.
4The Favourite$8,188-47%64-79$128$34,156,15118Fox Searchlight
5Hotel Mumbai$7,428-71%4--$1,857$95,4931Bleecker Street
6The Hummingbird Project$6,637-57%4137$162$119,1692The Orchard
7The Wedding Guest$6,228-64%93-3$67$335,0894IFC Films
8Arctic$5,842-61%71-26$82$2,258,8788Bleecker Street
9Birds of Passage$5,587-59%84-13$67$449,1756The Orchard
10Free Solo$4,495-76%42-30$107$17,456,44226National Geographic Entertainment
12The Prodigy$3,143-61%70-18$45$14,827,2057Orion Pictures
13Faith, Hope & Love$3,066-58%17-1$180$103,7702ArtAffects Entertainment
14If Beale Street Could Talk$2,070-66%36-23$58$14,886,89515Annapurna
15Out of Blue$1,903-42%35--$54$14,2081IFC Films
16The Invisibles$1,587-60%12-3$132$320,4929Greenwich Entertainment
17Cold War$1,494-40%16-29$93$4,559,43714Amazon Studios
18Cliffs of Freedom$1,361-43%7-3$194$61,0984
19The Kid Who Would Be King$1,173-44%40-23$29$16,780,002920th Century Fox
20Racetime$178-76%10--$18$1,867,51416Entertainment One
21Uri: The Surgical Strike$87-78%3-2$29$4,185,75011PackYourBag Films
22This Magnificent Cake!$14-86%20$7$3,8934GKIDS
23Hotel By The River$10-71%1--$10$22,2386Cinema Guild