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 Sun, Aug. 25 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Angel Has Fallen$5,633,675-28%3,286--$1,714$21,380,9871Lionsgate
2Good Boys$3,428,570-28%3,353149$1,023$41,943,1602Universal Pictures
3The Lion King$2,425,963-29%3,300-260$735$510,550,9666Walt Disney Pictures
4Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$2,358,700-34%3,312-445$712$147,629,6354Universal Pictures
5Overcomer$2,277,284-19%1,723--$1,322$8,146,5331Sony Pictures
6Ready or Not$2,270,842-30%2,855--$795$11,043,7381Fox Searchlight
7The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,925,281-30%3,8690$498$27,108,6302Sony Pictures
8Dora and the Lost City of Gold$1,743,062-23%2,843-892$613$43,230,9963Paramount Pictures
9Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$1,593,861-38%2,927-208$545$50,357,1283CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$1,462,294-30%2,209-295$662$123,192,8675Sony Pictures
1147 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,065,768-39%2,88330$370$15,336,5792Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$621,663-30%2,040-725$305$21,486,746320th Century Fox
13Blinded by the Light$546,454-36%2,3070$237$8,103,4922Warner Bros
14Spider-Man: Far from Home$479,955-35%1,008-507$476$379,751,4808Sony / Columbia
15Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$416,109-27%2,306-98$180$6,609,7972United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Peanut Butter Falcon$857,811-27%996947$861$3,693,7403Roadside Attractions
2Toy Story 4$367,737-31%820-425$448$426,734,09210Disney
3The Farewell$263,006-28%816-45$322$14,417,2337A24
4Mission Mangal$207,599-26%2630$789$2,713,2672FIP
5Yesterday$109,835-35%438-64$251$72,391,7109Universal Pictures
6The Kitchen$93,527-37%620-2125$151$11,644,7973Warner Bros.
8The Secret Life of Pets 2$60,385-32%185-57$326$157,448,86512Universal
10Brian Banks$38,855-33%220-760$177$4,173,3943Bleecker Street
11Crawl$30,070-54%143-31$210$38,827,9637Paramount Pictures
12John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$20,724-31%129-19$161$170,795,00115Lionsgate
13Rocketman$20,170-34%118-42$171$96,227,40713Paramount Pictures
14Annabelle Comes Home$18,147-34%11614$156$72,664,5849Warner Bros.
15Men in Black: International$16,185-38%100-16$162$79,642,80811Sony / Columbia
16Avengers: Endgame$15,061-32%115-33$131$858,238,68318Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brittany Runs A Marathon$50,253-18%5--$10,051$180,7111Amazon Studios
2Tel Aviv on Fire$19,466-30%376$526$317,7674Cohen Media Group
3Menteur$15,875-54%58-12$274$4,224,5537Entertainment One
4One Child Nation$15,515-18%3416$456$151,6953Amazon Studios
7Stuber$13,698-29%7525$183$22,351,126720th Century Fox
8Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$12,416-14%7--$1,774$36,4251Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
9The Nightingale (2019)$11,583-23%5112$227$248,6454IFC Films
10Godzilla: King of the Monsters$10,796-29%64-31$169$110,481,29113Warner Bros.
11The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$8,153-38%25--$326$33,3401Entertainment One
12Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$4,954-33%43-22$115$883,0088Roadside Attractions
13The Biggest Little Farm$4,60619%16-11$288$4,361,97716Neon
14Echo In the Canyon$4,455-30%20-15$223$3,277,24714Greenwich Entertainment
15Wild Rose$3,513-16%258$141$1,630,30110Neon
16The Bravest$2,043-16%2-31$1,022$278,1093Sony Pictures
17Unplanned$1,955-54%1--$1,955$19,004,15922Pure Flix
18Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$1,455119%20$728$14,3482GKIDS
19Sword of Trust$1,224-15%14-1$87$321,5027IFC Films
20End of the Century$1,16256%10$1,162$17,2502
21The Fighting Preacher$1,041-95%278$39$557,6065Purdie Distribution
22Late Night$899-53%13-19$69$15,494,92812Amazon Studios
23Vita & Virginia$766-47%1--$766$3,4081IFC Films
24The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$726-85%16-5$45$1,668,3479ArtAffects Entertainment
25Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$33226%1--$332$60,08415Rialto Pictures
26A Brother's Love$296-66%42$74$514,61912Entertainment One
27Free Trip To Egypt$220-16%1-1$220$33,66313Matson Films
28Meeting Gorbachev$220-39%3--$73$251,039171091
29Ode to Joy$128-76%5-11$26$16,9533IFC Films
30Suburban Birds$11632%1--$116$10,12421Cinema Guild