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, Apr. 20 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Curse of La Llorona$8,790,664-26%3,372--$2,607$20,709,9251Warner Bros. / New Line
2Shazam!$6,563,7907%4,183-123$1,569$116,676,4273Warner Bros.
3Breakthrough$4,282,8878%2,764--$1,550$11,742,755120th Century Fox
4Captain Marvel$3,650,72915%2,653-322$1,376$397,762,7627Disney
5Little (2019)$3,283,57513%2,6670$1,231$27,117,7552Universal Pictures
6Dumbo$2,489,686-9%3,225-481$772$99,677,2154Walt Disney Pictures
7Pet Sematary$1,992,54711%3,146-439$633$48,520,8543Paramount Pictures
8Us (2019)$1,741,96015%2,264-504$769$169,435,8705Universal Pictures
9Hellboy$1,563,10016%3,3030$473$18,703,6952Lionsgate / Summit
10Missing Link$1,524,808-15%3,43724$444$11,934,0492United Artists Releasing
11After (2019)$888,284-18%2,1380$415$9,907,2662Aviron Pictures
12Penguins$881,459-4%1,815--$486$2,749,7151Disney / Disneynature
13How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$296,165-12%1,062240$279$158,903,34512Universal / DreamWorks Animation
14The Best of Enemies$246,76827%1,002-703$246$9,430,2173STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Amazing Grace$237,56429%190132$1,250$1,165,9503Neon
3Unplanned$233,0774%839-563$278$17,074,0274Pure Flix
4Five Feet Apart$229,343-13%709-764$323$44,946,0996CBS Films
5The Mustang$222,41537%487-40$457$3,884,8356Focus Features
6Hotel Mumbai$202,49425%314-303$645$8,778,4995Bleecker Street
7Wonder Park$162,361-24%705-467$230$44,472,3126Paramount
8High Life$105,0073%146114$719$603,3173A24
9Teen Spirit$89,461-7%696692$129$240,9502LD Entertainment / Bleecker Street
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$64,13729%196-279$327$72,950,1358Lionsgate
11The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$53,188-3%222-50$240$105,548,78113Warner Bros.
12Apollo 11$42,82828%101-25$424$8,450,7118Neon
13Isn't It Romantic$35,37331%14537$244$48,642,58210Warner Bros.
14The Upside$29,81519%130-49$229$108,126,20215STX Entertainment
15Gloria Bell$29,22669%100-68$292$5,456,7037A24
16Alita: Battle Angel$28,92836%116-33$249$85,563,0121020th Century Fox
17Green Book$19,9158%115-24$173$85,002,75123Universal Pictures
18They Shall Not Grow Old$10,41116%115-77$91$17,909,54018Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wild Nights with Emily$29,00958%3330$879$86,1202Greenwich Entertainment
2No Manches Frida 2$28,17930%73-62$386$9,157,3306Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
3Little Woods$26,53647%33--$804$44,5881Neon
4The Aftermath$21,89246%85-149$258$1,549,1906Fox Searchlight
5Mia and the White Lion$17,956-19%67-245$268$348,3892Ledafilms Entertainment Group
6Diane$17,89960%59-5$303$247,1794IFC Films
7Fighting With My Family$16,55121%84-10$197$22,844,28810MGM
8Red Joan$15,99745%4--$3,999$27,0111IFC Films
9Peterloo$15,70043%9260$171$106,5473Amazon Studios
10Under the Silver Lake$14,295-6%2--$7,148$29,4361A24 Films
11Fast Color$13,420-3%25--$537$27,2121Lionsgate
12Escape Room$13,09411%27-17$485$56,997,33816Sony Pictures
13The Public$12,05644%43-54$280$478,2273Greenwich Entertainment
14Mary Magdalene$10,81325%40-22$270$97,9412IFC Films
15Arctic$8,36023%4938$171$2,368,73012Bleecker Street
16Bohemian Rhapsody$8,1047%310$261$216,282,5292520th Century Fox
17Run The Race$5,39919%3914$138$6,410,6199Roadside Attractions
18Ash is Purest White$4,74920%17-7$279$375,7366Cohen Media Group
19Faith, Hope & Love$2,0029%5-2$400$186,0706ArtAffects Entertainment
20Girls of the Sun$1,5558%114$141$14,1322Cohen Media Group
21The Invisibles$1,28680%6-4$214$393,84213Greenwich Entertainment
22Birds of Passage$916-40%7-2$131$504,60710The Orchard
23Christ Stopped at Eboli$85549%10$855$37,9083Rialto Pictures
24Grass$762-39%1--$762$2,0211Cinema Guild
25Hale County This Morning, This Evening$625--1--$625$112,30032Cinema Guild
26The Hummingbird Project$422-20%5-14$84$370,6516The Orchard
27Free Solo$397141%3-8$132$17,535,23530National Geographic Entertainment
28Hotel By The River$31914%1--$319$23,56010Cinema Guild
29Screwball$232117%3--$77$13,4664Greenwich Entertainment
30Suburban Birds$56-94%10$56$6,5813Cinema Guild