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, Dec. 5 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen II$2,730,406-3%4,4400$615$302,924,9012Disney
2Knives Out$1,708,438-2%3,46170$494$49,336,4911Lionsgate
3Queen & Slim$873,845-6%1,69065$517$20,364,0051Universal Pictures
4A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$775,661-4%3,2350$240$37,920,4152Sony Pictures
5Ford v. Ferrari$775,408-7%3,446-139$225$84,573,353320th Century Fox
621 Bridges$375,949-6%2,6650$141$21,052,6962STX Entertainment
8The Good Liar$169,783-8%2,003-39$85$15,656,7513Warner Bros.
9Last Christmas$157,010-13%1,852-77$85$32,437,1754Universal Pictures
10Playing with Fire$147,131-10%2,6790$55$39,982,3254Paramount Pictures
11Joker$136,785-2%1,146-52$119$331,101,6239Warner Bros.
12Harriet$129,715-7%1,084-39$120$40,041,5505Focus Features
13Charlie's Angels$89,581-19%3,156-158$28$17,289,0063Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Jojo Rabbit$87,210-5%708-22$123$18,734,8237Fox Searchlight
3Terminator: Dark Fate$62,862-8%7820$80$61,470,6665Paramount
4Doctor Sleep$59,632-18%877-126$68$30,855,6484Warner Bros.
5Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$59,310-11%991-99$60$111,838,8467Disney
6Honey Boy$43,636-14%18629$235$1,687,0264Amazon Studios
7Zombieland: Double Tap$25,734-15%341-114$75$72,334,4787Sony Pictures
8The Addams Family$25,564-21%7750$33$96,502,9378United Artists Releasing
9Black and Blue$12,695-18%1790$71$21,812,7816Sony / Screen Gems
10Abominable$10,59580%195-10$54$60,207,08010Universal Pictures
11Countdown$10,0292%232-66$43$25,334,2906STX Entertainment
12Downton Abbey$8,635-6%143-8$60$96,731,35011Focus Features
13Gemini Man$5,2610%1140$46$48,546,7708Paramount Pictures
14Arctic Dogs$2,80130%160-35$18$5,670,0645Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dark Waters$51,800-11%943$551$1,184,7492Focus Features
3The Lighthouse$14,825-7%900$165$10,448,4297A24
4Motherless Brooklyn$3,981-13%684$59$9,204,0245Warner Bros.
5Ad Astra$3,2279%18-26$179$50,178,3501120th Century Fox
6Judy$3,138-53%37-21$85$23,930,38310Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$2,9972%600$50$141,010,29719Sony Pictures
8White Snake$2,88043%2119$137$30,0983GKIDS
9Hustlers$2,269-45%750$30$104,927,41512STX Entertainment
10The Current War$1,6952%4813$35$5,952,4306101 Studios
11Sympathy for the Devil$1,472-6%6--$245$18,9301eOne Entertainment
12Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)$1,287-20%10$1,287$15,4171Rialto Pictures
13It Chapter Two$1,244-21%72-21$17$211,593,22813Warner Bros
14No Safe Spaces$1,088-7%81$136$455,7816Atlas Distribution
15The Peanut Butter Falcon$962-22%31-8$31$20,443,44817Roadside Attractions
16The Lion King$9298%44-11$21$543,638,04320Walt Disney Pictures
17Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$823-12%20-5$41$4,211,47313Greenwich Entertainment
18The Kingmaker$6594%81$82$65,2554Greenwich Entertainment
19Toy Story 4$591-3%34-6$17$434,038,00824Disney
20Citizen K$58641%32$195$17,0132Greenwich Entertainment
21Matthias & Maxime$433-35%61$72$368,8568
22Overcomer$24160%13-9$19$34,746,94515Sony Pictures
23Western Stars$179-16%4234$4$1,581,3327Warner Bros.
24The Fighting Preacher$69-8%3-2$23$954,29119Purdie Distribution
25Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$2833%3-6$9$46,3796Matson Films