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, Nov. 30 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen II$32,363,967-5%4,4400$7,289$269,362,2392Disney
2Knives Out$10,311,127-4%3,461--$2,979$35,650,6261Lionsgate
3Ford v. Ferrari$4,979,367-8%3,446-82$1,445$78,267,665320th Century Fox
4Queen & Slim$4,599,8806%1,690--$2,722$13,030,3851Universal Pictures
5A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$4,360,685-13%3,2350$1,348$31,877,2782Sony Pictures
621 Bridges$2,248,5504%2,6650$844$18,051,8642STX Entertainment
7Playing with Fire$1,653,435-1%2,679-81$617$38,330,7964Paramount Pictures
9Last Christmas$809,5957%1,852-559$437$31,247,2154Universal Pictures
10Joker$808,3095%1,146-264$705$330,152,3849Warner Bros.
11Harriet$727,645-4%1,084-262$671$39,093,4405Focus Features
12The Good Liar$607,4023%2,003-451$303$14,514,4733Warner Bros.
13Charlie's Angels$521,09316%3,156-296$165$16,553,1263Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$531,6747%991-614$537$111,247,7057Disney
2Jojo Rabbit$472,344-3%708-79$667$18,106,7057Fox Searchlight
4Doctor Sleep$376,55612%877-599$429$30,374,2044Warner Bros.
5Terminator: Dark Fate$356,37213%782-240$456$60,980,2935Paramount
6The Addams Family$178,2880%775-62$230$96,272,7038United Artists Releasing
7Zombieland: Double Tap$151,07714%341-114$443$72,145,1577Sony Pictures
8Honey Boy$140,4464%186142$755$1,401,6274Amazon Studios
9Countdown$101,76022%232-66$439$25,248,7356STX Entertainment
10Black and Blue$87,78113%179-81$490$21,707,9256Sony / Screen Gems
11Abominable$64,48026%195-26$331$60,147,45510Universal Pictures
12Downton Abbey$29,9950%143-16$210$96,674,04011Focus Features
13Gemini Man$27,68317%1146$243$48,510,6408Paramount Pictures
14Arctic Dogs$18,44362%160-35$115$5,645,0335Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dark Waters$243,3809%9490$2,589$810,0792Focus Features
3The Lighthouse$41,240-3%90-23$458$10,359,1567A24
4Motherless Brooklyn$17,12222%68-18$252$9,176,6225Warner Bros.
5Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$15,07440%6035$251$140,991,53319Sony Pictures
6Hustlers$10,8289%750$144$104,910,80812STX Entertainment
7It Chapter Two$10,23516%72-33$142$211,582,74413Warner Bros
8Ad Astra$7,28470%18-32$405$50,165,1811120th Century Fox
9The Lion King$6,573-2%44-43$149$543,631,67820Walt Disney Pictures
10The Current War$6,1737%4813$129$5,941,7846101 Studios
11Toy Story 4$5,4957%34-14$162$434,032,74424Disney
12White Snake$5,493-23%21--$262$17,2433GKIDS
13Judy$5,267-2%37-21$142$23,894,56410Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
14The Peanut Butter Falcon$4,808-11%31-8$155$20,435,64017Roadside Attractions
15Sympathy for the Devil$4,68365%6--$781$7,5191eOne Entertainment
16Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$4,562102%20-5$228$4,202,65013Greenwich Entertainment
17Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)$3,78663%1--$3,786$8,2891Rialto Pictures
18The Kingmaker$1,73670%81$217$61,5784Greenwich Entertainment
19Overcomer$1,379-7%13-12$106$34,745,59115Sony Pictures
20No Safe Spaces$1,288-39%8-16$161$451,2936Atlas Distribution
21Citizen K$1,088-12%32$363$14,0522Greenwich Entertainment
22Gift$87872%2-7$439$30,7238Matson Films
23Mr. Klein$279-37%1-1$279$177,83813Rialto Pictures
24The Fighting Preacher$218-66%3-2$73$953,97419Purdie Distribution
25Western Stars$21717%4230$5$1,579,3807Warner Bros.
26Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$7378%3-6$24$46,2306Matson Films
27Desolation Center$4240%0-1--$31,98412Matson Films