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, Jan. 3 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 3 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aquaman$6,203,801-16%4,1250$1,504$229,020,8803Warner Bros.
2Mary Poppins Returns$3,950,730-10%4,0900$966$122,956,3052Disney
3Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$3,107,542-9%3,8130$815$120,851,3463Sony / Columbia
4Bumblebee$2,657,037-14%3,5500$748$84,353,1402Paramount Pictures
5The Mule$1,544,554-11%2,787102$554$72,068,1103Warner Bros.
6Ralph Breaks the Internet$1,198,328-13%2,34346$511$182,479,1716Disney
8Second Act$978,868-9%2,6070$375$28,037,0752STX Entertainment
9Holmes and Watson$755,639-18%2,77657$272$25,010,9222Sony Pictures
10Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$463,670-24%2,555-225$181$268,453,7358Universal
11Welcome to Marwen$257,085-20%1,9110$135$9,724,8352Universal Pictures
12Creed II$197,921-17%1,0680$185$113,373,9526MGM / Warner Bros
13Mortal Engines$135,325-25%2,995-108$45$15,547,2303Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 3 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rachel Hollis Presents: Made for More$624,078--608--$1,026$2,033,96222Fathom Events
2Mary Queen of Scots$369,085-7%84127$439$11,278,0254Focus Features
3Bohemian Rhapsody$362,433-12%881181$411$191,276,825920th Century Fox
4The Favourite$350,203-8%81015$432$17,394,3366Fox Searchlight
5Green Book$289,285-8%621-111$466$33,423,2567Universal Pictures
6Simmba$161,812-29%301--$538$3,112,1371Reliance Entertainment
7Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald$151,068-16%5150$293$157,408,5737Warner Bros.
8Instant Family$140,188-16%7440$188$65,510,0287Paramount Pictures
9A Star is Born$83,289-5%2360$353$201,475,86713Warner Bros.
10Ben Is Back$69,673-14%158-4$441$2,184,1124Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment / Lionsgate
11The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$30,955-1%218-4$142$54,694,9219Walt Disney Pictures
12Smallfoot$23,764-3%1840$129$83,063,02314Warner Bros.
13Widows$19,132-10%12118$158$41,990,165720th Century Fox
14Robin Hood$18,712-9%189-4$99$30,723,5086Lionsgate / Summit
15Venom$16,051-1%115-15$140$213,371,00313Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 3 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1On The Basis Of Sex$92,382-2%330$2,799$2,098,3951Focus Features
2If Beale Street Could Talk$88,429-18%650$1,360$2,565,8643Annapurna
3Racetime$81,619-15%812$1,008$1,435,7024Entertainment One
4Free Solo$22,561-4%59-14$382$11,326,70114National Geographic Entertainment
5At Eternity’s Gate$15,10210%507$302$1,905,9337CBS Films
6Can You Ever Forgive Me?$12,88619%61-11$211$7,584,90711Fox Searchlight
7Qué León (What A Lion)$9,781-26%24-2$408$1,089,7135Spanglish
8The Possession of Hannah Grace$7,569-23%79-9$96$14,654,3245Sony / Screen Gems
9Cold War$7,250-3%30$2,417$181,3552Amazon Studios
10Night School$6,2405%50-11$125$77,339,13014Universal
11Destroyer$6,197-6%30$2,066$149,7861Annapurna Pictures
12First Man$5,03015%28-5$180$44,936,54512Universal
13Boy Erased$4,220-8%34-11$124$6,788,6929Focus Features
14Vox Lux$3,336-7%35--$95$716,3934Neon
15The House With A Clock In Its Walls$3,30012%45-8$73$68,549,69515Universal Pictures
16The World Before Your Feet$2,73611%85$342$120,1486Greenwich Entertainment
17Beautiful Boy$2,7333%283$98$7,597,61512Amazon
19Hale County This Morning, This Evening$1,965--1--$1,965$39,44216Cinema Guild
20Anna And The Apocalypse$1,87426%50-11$37$545,5975Orion Pictures
21Halloween (2018)$1,475-11%23-6$64$159,342,01511Universal Pictures
22The House That Jack Built$1,405-12%12-1$117$241,5115IFC Films
23Crazy Rich Asians$1,3831%190$73$174,524,81220Warner Bros.
24Kedarnath$1,160-17%5-10$232$901,1304PackYourBag Films
26Swimming with Men$468721%4-3$117$24,8894IFC Films
27Indivisible$39212%9-8$44$3,511,41710Pure Flix
28A Private War$315160%4-2$79$1,618,2509Aviron Pictures
29Tea With the Dames$232--20$116$867,88815IFC Films
30Wildlife$204-60%80$26$1,008,68911IFC Films
31Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki$116241%31$39$186,4893GKIDS