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 Thu, Sep. 12 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It Chapter Two$4,000,302-12%4,570--$875$113,068,5241Warner Bros
2Angel Has Fallen$514,616-8%3,229-107$159$55,980,4183Lionsgate
3Good Boys$431,180-11%3,193-265$135$69,056,7354Universal Pictures
4Overcomer$313,056-11%2,153326$145$26,252,7683Sony Pictures
5The Lion King$256,842-4%2,610-580$98$530,437,7758Walt Disney Pictures
6Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$235,850-13%2,299-673$103$165,547,3206Universal Pictures
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$215,502-13%1,402-591$154$135,371,6277Sony Pictures
8The Peanut Butter Falcon$195,951-18%1,31061$150$12,976,1375Roadside Attractions
9Ready or Not$176,143-29%2,350-607$75$26,744,1773Fox Searchlight
10Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$115,404-20%2,101-646$55$62,739,0865CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Dora and the Lost City of Gold$105,428-19%1,788-689$59$54,893,5675Paramount Pictures
12Spider-Man: Far from Home$78,122-21%1,433-1729$55$388,534,55410Sony / Columbia
13The Angry Birds Movie 2$69,384-13%1,854-1457$37$38,440,5024Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brittany Runs A Marathon$134,37939%230182$584$2,254,9713Amazon Studios
2Don't Let Go$56,722-33%9220$62$4,686,5402OTL Releasing
3The Art of Racing in the Rain$50,581-15%740-735$68$25,501,224520th Century Fox
5The Farewell$41,195-19%368-523$112$16,881,7089A24
647 Meters Down: Uncaged$39,094-18%975-1249$40$21,111,9714Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
7Toy Story 4$34,162-2%640-2075$53$431,956,25912Disney
8Blinded by the Light$31,161-22%468-1205$67$11,473,0454Warner Bros
10Tod@s Caen$24,916-33%3710$67$2,238,5032Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$23,843-20%270-637$88$8,965,2984United Artists Releasing
14Annabelle Comes Home$11,74644%214113$55$73,652,91211Warner Bros.
15The Secret Life of Pets 2$7,205-8%139-88$52$158,141,96014Universal
16Bennett's War$4,6718%290-680$16$750,0292Forrest Films
17John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$3,6358%113-26$32$171,015,68717Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Official Secrets$14,180-29%4137$346$395,5112IFC Films
2Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$9,375-31%6840$138$342,9313Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$7,723-37%7--$1,103$155,2431Greenwich Entertainment
5The Kitchen$5,71917%75-114$76$12,049,2575Warner Bros.
6Mission Mangal$4,696-14%94-57$50$3,602,7744FIP
7Menteur$4,529-42%53-5$85$4,518,5509Entertainment One
8Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$4,35598%48-7$91$1,004,14610Roadside Attractions
9The Fighting Preacher$3,795-22%24-8$158$740,8247Purdie Distribution
10The Nightingale (2019)$3,62525%47-32$77$392,5736IFC Films
11Before You Know It$3,354-28%3128$108$92,28521091
12Brian Banks$2,956218%20-64$148$4,316,2155Bleecker Street
13Vita & Virginia$2,5942%3229$81$42,7413IFC Films
14Men in Black: International$2,4111%75-16$32$79,800,73613Sony / Columbia
15Echo In the Canyon$2,351-4%19-5$124$3,334,97716Greenwich Entertainment
16Tel Aviv on Fire$1,950-23%22-11$89$453,0066Cohen Media Group
17Avengers: Endgame$1,663-14%55-55$30$858,373,00020Disney
18The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$1,289-49%16-8$81$131,9553Entertainment One
19End of the Century$966311%43$242$25,1834
20Free Trip To Egypt$6639%7--$95$43,36515Matson Films
21The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$608-37%16-1$38$1,723,19611ArtAffects Entertainment
22Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$459-59%82$57$25,4724GKIDS
23Rapid Response$264-53%8--$33$6,4571Atlas Distribution
24A Brother's Love$133-63%74$19$525,76514Entertainment One
25I'm Leaving Now$91-54%1--$91$1,7851Cinema Guild
26Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$36-67%1-2$36$588,8649Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures