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, Feb. 9 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$15,434,41182%4,303--$3,587$23,895,5313Warner Bros.
2What Men Want$7,520,87614%2,912--$2,583$14,111,4321Paramount
3Cold Pursuit$4,518,36424%2,630--$1,718$8,168,0211Lionsgate / Summit
4The Upside$3,398,05590%3,372-196$1,008$83,767,0085STX Entertainment
6The Prodigy$2,394,19618%2,530--$946$4,424,9011Orion Pictures
7Green Book$1,602,14587%2,149-499$746$60,394,70113Universal Pictures
8Aquaman$1,555,455109%2,202-724$706$327,545,8779Warner Bros.
9Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$1,474,318132%1,726-508$854$178,892,2289Sony / Columbia
10Miss Bala$1,207,07867%2,2030$548$11,072,1382Sony Pictures
11A Dog's Way Home$972,927145%2,009-953$484$38,347,5435Sony Pictures
12Escape Room$788,91587%1,339-603$589$54,251,4216Sony Pictures
13The Kid Who Would Be King$719,643167%1,846-1682$390$15,203,839320th Century Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1They Shall Not Grow Old$750,60583%82792$908$13,053,3948Warner Bros.
2Bohemian Rhapsody$645,671103%839-525$770$210,228,5831520th Century Fox
3Bumblebee$424,076133%976-805$435$125,511,7018Paramount Pictures
4Mary Poppins Returns$401,839156%842-862$477$169,491,9978Disney
5The Favourite$381,91496%605-949$631$29,976,60012Fox Searchlight
6BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul$367,206--827--$444$3,227,2223Fathom Events
8A Star is Born$254,84994%456-496$559$208,572,09819Warner Bros.
9Cold War$234,92583%27053$870$2,745,2118Amazon Studios
10On The Basis Of Sex$226,09085%416-501$543$23,664,9527Focus Features
11The Mule$209,16582%503-548$416$102,477,1309Warner Bros.
12Ralph Breaks the Internet$167,615203%398-397$421$197,453,83412Disney
13Free Solo$143,57598%153-330$938$15,824,10620National Geographic Entertainment
14If Beale Street Could Talk$127,60095%266-188$480$13,688,4359Annapurna
15Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga$113,62263%192-1$592$974,0052FIP
16Serenity$56,80662%283-2278$201$8,413,3803Aviron Pictures
17Can You Ever Forgive Me?$50,764126%103-113$493$8,517,08517Fox Searchlight
18Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald$35,546113%149-40$239$159,414,88913Warner Bros.
19Destroyer$34,92259%144-91$243$1,430,2287Annapurna Pictures
20Second Act$34,65882%127-1123$273$39,187,0858STX Entertainment
21Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$32,035157%110-25$291$270,579,46014Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Uri: The Surgical Strike$118,547103%87-27$1,363$3,653,7615PackYourBag Films
2Arctic$38,17445%1511$2,545$131,4952Bleecker Street
3Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year$37,864435%67--$565$92,1331STX Entertainment
4Everybody Knows$30,93849%4--$7,735$51,7701Focus Features
5Qué León (What A Lion)$28,98336%71-2$408$2,317,31111Spanglish
6Creed II$19,755110%69-36$286$115,599,42512MGM / Warner Bros
7The Invisibles$18,066159%183$1,004$109,4703Greenwich Entertainment
8Holmes and Watson$16,29272%7117$229$30,521,9768Sony Pictures
9Perfect Strangers$13,34774%8346$161$989,3695Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
10The World Before Your Feet$5,674105%5-2$1,135$220,40812Greenwich Entertainment
11Racetime$5,40793%25-34$216$1,826,40710Entertainment One
12At Eternity’s Gate$4,94094%18-21$274$2,289,67213CBS Films
13The Possession of Hannah Grace$4,80383%25-13$192$14,821,13711Sony / Screen Gems
14Ben Is Back$4,66359%20-24$233$3,683,93910Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment / Lionsgate
15Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$4,117331%21-17$196$91,8113Entertainment One
16Replicas$3,74978%29-22$129$4,034,9975Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
17Widows$3,71099%21-12$177$42,388,4721320th Century Fox
18The Wild Pear Tree$2,758161%21$1,379$12,7532Cinema Guild
20Under The Eiffel Tower$1,72371%11--$157$2,7331The Orchard
21Canal Street$1,293363%3-23$431$246,5174Smith Global Media
22Hale County This Morning, This Evening$856-23%3-3$285$88,23022Cinema Guild
23La Religieuse$714621%1--$714$27,3526Rialto Pictures