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. 24 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Angel Has Fallen$7,788,659-2%3,286--$2,370$15,747,3121Lionsgate
2Good Boys$4,756,66538%3,353149$1,419$38,514,5902Universal Pictures
3Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$3,549,36064%3,312-445$1,072$145,270,9354Universal Pictures
4The Lion King$3,432,19256%3,300-260$1,040$508,125,0036Walt Disney Pictures
5Ready or Not$3,261,08331%2,855--$1,142$8,772,8961Fox Searchlight
6Overcomer$2,825,794-7%1,723--$1,640$5,869,2491Sony Pictures
7The Angry Birds Movie 2$2,763,75363%3,8690$714$25,183,3492Sony Pictures
8Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$2,567,53850%2,927-208$877$48,763,2673CBS Films / Lionsgate
9Dora and the Lost City of Gold$2,264,44971%2,843-892$796$41,487,9343Paramount Pictures
10Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$2,084,39743%2,209-295$944$121,730,5735Sony Pictures
1147 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,750,90159%2,88330$607$14,270,8112Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$882,82547%2,040-725$433$20,865,083320th Century Fox
13Blinded by the Light$854,47247%2,3070$370$7,557,0382Warner Bros
14Spider-Man: Far from Home$737,91859%1,008-507$732$379,271,5258Sony / Columbia
15Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$571,67031%2,306-98$248$6,193,6882United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Peanut Butter Falcon$1,172,71024%996947$1,177$2,835,9293Roadside Attractions
2Toy Story 4$531,81561%820-425$649$426,366,35510Disney
3The Farewell$365,74744%816-45$448$14,154,2277A24
4Mission Mangal$279,90167%2630$1,064$2,505,6682FIP
5Yesterday$170,11042%438-64$388$72,281,8759Universal Pictures
6The Kitchen$149,51150%620-2125$241$11,551,2703Warner Bros.
9The Secret Life of Pets 2$88,99071%185-57$481$157,388,48012Universal
10Crawl$65,76871%143-31$460$38,797,8937Paramount Pictures
11Brian Banks$58,31169%220-760$265$4,134,5393Bleecker Street
12Rocketman$30,69549%118-42$260$96,207,23713Paramount Pictures
13John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$29,87063%129-19$232$170,774,27715Lionsgate
14Annabelle Comes Home$27,61975%11614$238$72,646,4379Warner Bros.
15Men in Black: International$25,93989%100-16$259$79,626,62311Sony / Columbia
16Avengers: Endgame$22,02167%115-33$191$858,223,62218Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brittany Runs A Marathon$61,137-12%5--$12,227$130,4581Amazon Studios
2Menteur$34,80017%58-12$600$4,208,6787Entertainment One
3Tel Aviv on Fire$27,888110%376$754$298,3014Cohen Media Group
4The Fighting Preacher$21,11930%278$782$556,5655Purdie Distribution
6Stuber$19,30559%7525$257$22,337,428720th Century Fox
7One Child Nation$18,83551%3416$554$136,1803Amazon Studios
9Godzilla: King of the Monsters$15,21184%64-31$238$110,470,49513Warner Bros.
10The Nightingale (2019)$15,12534%5112$297$237,0624IFC Films
11Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$14,49052%7--$2,070$24,0091Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
12The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$13,17510%25--$527$25,1871Entertainment One
13Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$7,39317%43-22$172$878,0548Roadside Attractions
14Echo In the Canyon$6,32675%20-15$316$3,272,79214Greenwich Entertainment
15The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$4,93556%16-5$308$1,667,6219ArtAffects Entertainment
16Unplanned$4,259--10$4,259$19,002,20422Pure Flix
17Wild Rose$4,17675%258$167$1,626,78810Neon
18The Biggest Little Farm$3,86586%16-11$242$4,357,37116Neon
19The Bravest$2,443-3%2-31$1,222$276,0663Sony Pictures
20Late Night$1,9244%13-19$148$15,494,02912Amazon Studios
21Sword of Trust$1,43989%14-1$103$320,2787IFC Films
22Vita & Virginia$1,43218%1--$1,432$2,6421IFC Films
23A Brother's Love$86861%42$217$514,32312Entertainment One
24End of the Century$74745%10$747$16,0882
25Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$663-42%20$332$12,8932GKIDS
26Ode to Joy$526401%5-11$105$16,8253IFC Films
27Meeting Gorbachev$361-12%3--$120$250,819171091
28Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$26454%1--$264$59,75215Rialto Pictures
29Free Trip To Egypt$26269%1-1$262$33,44313Matson Films
30Suburban Birds$88-53%1--$88$10,00821Cinema Guild