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 Sat, Aug. 17 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Good Boys$7,329,780-12%3,204--$2,288$15,644,7601Universal Pictures
2Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$6,080,36057%3,757-587$1,618$129,564,0403Universal Pictures
3The Lion King$5,228,69458%3,560-660$1,469$492,742,2995Walt Disney Pictures
4The Angry Birds Movie 2$4,395,90259%3,869--$1,136$12,890,1041Sony Pictures
5Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$4,079,81235%3,1350$1,301$37,261,1482CBS Films / Lionsgate
6Dora and the Lost City of Gold$3,569,13260%3,7350$956$31,211,3302Paramount Pictures
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$3,222,65852%2,504-1003$1,287$112,091,5154Sony Pictures
847 Meters Down: Uncaged$3,165,7893%2,853--$1,110$6,233,2521Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9The Art of Racing in the Rain$1,896,21943%2,7650$686$15,700,408220th Century Fox
10Blinded by the Light$1,736,32324%2,307--$753$3,139,4591Warner Bros
11Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$1,318,7437%2,404--$549$2,546,9401United Artists Releasing
12Spider-Man: Far from Home$1,190,78956%1,515-1163$786$375,830,4777Sony / Columbia
13The Kitchen$934,34747%2,7450$340$9,739,0272Warner Bros.
14Toy Story 4$930,99570%1,245-1050$748$423,739,4879Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Farewell$618,90351%861157$719$12,365,2716A24
2Mission Mangal$581,87467%263--$2,212$1,088,7181FIP
3Brian Banks$302,38355%980-260$309$3,537,8002Bleecker Street
4Yesterday$249,67056%502-364$497$71,502,9058Universal Pictures
6The Secret Life of Pets 2$114,48561%242-160$473$157,012,41511Universal
7Crawl$88,84542%174-583$511$38,590,5866Paramount Pictures
8John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$58,59945%148-26$396$170,634,92514Lionsgate
9Rocketman$45,16768%160-21$282$96,059,94712Paramount Pictures
10Avengers: Endgame$42,95850%148-89$290$858,113,31817Disney
11Men in Black: International$33,90457%116-43$292$79,631,97210Sony / Columbia
12Annabelle Comes Home$24,28640%102-244$238$72,568,7468Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 17 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Peanut Butter Falcon$114,18531%4932$2,330$497,8362Roadside Attractions
2Menteur$85,05271%70-1$1,215$3,962,8836Entertainment One
5Tel Aviv on Fire$27,645112%313$892$214,1923Cohen Media Group
7Godzilla: King of the Monsters$20,89185%95-26$220$110,414,05112Warner Bros.
8The Fighting Preacher$19,70222%19-13$1,037$481,2104Purdie Distribution
9One Child Nation$19,48546%1816$1,083$62,6012Amazon Studios
10The Nightingale (2019)$19,13761%3912$491$169,8703IFC Films
11The Last Black Man in San Francisco$16,95561%29-23$585$4,475,99511A24
12Echo In the Canyon$11,40565%35-25$326$3,239,30013Greenwich Entertainment
13The Bravest$11,29419%33-117$342$234,6632Sony Pictures
14Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$10,23875%652$158$836,0577Roadside Attractions
15Pavarotti$10,10368%25-23$404$4,591,30211CBS Films
16The Biggest Little Farm$6,85046%27-17$254$4,333,68415Neon
17Stuber$6,5538%50-60$131$22,292,499620th Century Fox
18Late Night$6,38048%32-9$199$15,478,38211Amazon Studios
19The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$5,5786%21-4$266$1,645,9168ArtAffects Entertainment
20Wild Rose$5,06447%17-21$298$1,610,2409Neon
21End of the Century$4,1209%1--$4,120$7,8981
22Sword of Trust$3,91168%15-50$261$311,1106IFC Films
23Unplanned$2,896--10$2,896$18,997,27021Pure Flix
24Ode to Joy$2,74650%1614$172$10,9702IFC Films
25Christ Stopped at Eboli$2,646--1--$2,646$71,60220Rialto Pictures
26Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$2,176-1%2--$1,088$4,3841GKIDS
27A Brother's Love$1,694131%2-1$847$509,50511Entertainment One
28Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$500-5%60$83$583,5606Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
29Free Trip To Egypt$30754%2-1$154$32,07112Matson Films
30Hampstead$277139%3-1$92$148,45210IFC Films
31ECCO$23157%7-148$33$85,3182Citadel Film Group