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 Tue, Apr. 23 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Curse of La Llorona$2,724,80221%3,372--$808$31,330,4661Warner Bros. / New Line
2Breakthrough$1,847,71435%2,764--$668$18,007,071120th Century Fox
3Shazam!$1,664,054-12%4,183-123$398$123,984,9343Warner Bros.
4Captain Marvel$1,477,68710%2,653-322$557$402,858,4517Disney
5Little (2019)$1,185,76530%2,6670$445$31,357,1752Universal Pictures
6Dumbo$799,018-19%3,225-481$248$102,856,1354Walt Disney Pictures
7Pet Sematary$590,69510%3,146-439$188$50,724,2753Paramount Pictures
8Hellboy$532,22121%3,3030$161$20,719,5062Lionsgate / Summit
9Missing Link$478,883-26%3,43724$139$13,891,5672United Artists Releasing
10Us (2019)$468,9657%2,264-504$207$171,249,8405Universal Pictures
11Penguins$391,066-18%1,815--$215$4,104,4821Disney / Disneynature
12After (2019)$301,069-5%2,1380$141$10,936,1222Aviron Pictures
13The Best of Enemies$113,86261%1,002-703$114$9,770,4203STX Entertainment
14How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$83,105-46%1,062240$78$159,325,42512Universal / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Unplanned$124,16416%839-563$148$17,438,7774Pure Flix
3Amazing Grace$77,0001%190132$405$1,501,3403Neon
4The Mustang$69,90525%487-40$144$4,143,4256Focus Features
5Wonder Park$65,486-35%705-467$93$44,725,9636Paramount
6Five Feet Apart$64,042-15%709-764$90$45,180,4536CBS Films
7Okko's Inn$63,7554%465--$137$125,1730GKIDS
8Hotel Mumbai$61,59319%314-303$196$9,020,3045Bleecker Street
9Teen Spirit$42,3702%696692$61$380,6802LD Entertainment / Bleecker Street
10High Life$38,61712%146114$265$741,7093A24
11Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$17,08813%196-279$87$73,014,8078Lionsgate
12The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$12,911-38%222-50$58$105,608,62313Warner Bros.
13Apollo 11$10,429-11%101-25$103$8,497,2708Neon
14The Upside$9,97820%130-49$77$108,162,32115STX Entertainment
15Gloria Bell$9,4200%100-68$94$5,493,0157A24
16Alita: Battle Angel$9,32610%116-33$80$85,599,7981020th Century Fox
17Green Book$8,7851%115-24$76$85,031,33123Universal Pictures
18Isn't It Romantic$6,80410%14537$47$48,675,80710Warner Bros.
19They Shall Not Grow Old$5,906-32%115-77$51$17,933,29118Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Manches Frida 2$9,5137%73-62$130$9,204,2506Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2The Aftermath$8,10926%85-149$95$1,576,2276Fox Searchlight
3Wild Nights with Emily$7,609-9%3330$231$120,0492Greenwich Entertainment
4The Beach Bum$6,96139%36-64$193$3,442,2394Neon
5Fast Color$6,14022%25--$246$48,7661Lionsgate
6Little Woods$6,091-4%33--$185$70,0461Neon
7Mia and the White Lion$5,963-41%67-245$89$374,5862Ledafilms Entertainment Group
8Peterloo$5,93021%9260$64$127,5213Amazon Studios
9Diane$5,79142%59-5$98$268,2444IFC Films
10Fighting With My Family$4,885-7%84-10$58$22,864,23410MGM
11Red Joan$4,7241%4--$1,181$48,3601IFC Films
12The Public$4,23766%43-54$99$491,0053Greenwich Entertainment
13Arctic$4,11859%4938$84$2,380,46312Bleecker Street
14Bohemian Rhapsody$3,821-14%310$123$216,295,5932520th Century Fox
15Under the Silver Lake$2,762-18%2--$1,381$41,3921A24 Films
16Mary Magdalene$2,676-7%40-22$67$110,9162IFC Films
17Ash is Purest White$1,610-15%9-15$179$382,7366Cohen Media Group
18Run The Race$1,480-20%3914$38$6,416,7679Roadside Attractions
19Faith, Hope & Love$1,399207%5-2$280$189,3956ArtAffects Entertainment
20Escape Room$1,069-21%27-17$40$57,003,18516Sony Pictures
21Girls of the Sun$961-1%114$87$17,9422Cohen Media Group
22The Invisibles$553-24%6-4$92$396,66013Greenwich Entertainment
23Grass$531-2%1--$531$3,8471Cinema Guild
24Christ Stopped at Eboli$324-47%10$324$39,8133Rialto Pictures
25Hotel By The River$16756%1--$167$24,03910Cinema Guild
26Free Solo$136-91%3-8$45$17,536,97930National Geographic Entertainment
27Screwball$81-18%3--$27$13,7564Greenwich Entertainment