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 Sun, Aug. 11 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$7,739,550-26%4,34491$1,782$108,379,5752Universal Pictures
2The Lion King$6,307,365-23%4,220-582$1,495$473,309,1484Walt Disney Pictures
3Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$5,228,708-24%3,135--$1,668$20,915,3461CBS Films / Lionsgate
4Dora and the Lost City of Gold$4,967,428-17%3,735--$1,330$17,431,5881Paramount Pictures
5Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$3,535,076-27%3,507-152$1,008$100,384,0223Sony Pictures
6The Art of Racing in the Rain$2,192,309-26%2,765--$793$8,137,584120th Century Fox
7Spider-Man: Far from Home$1,613,847-26%2,678-768$603$370,950,0626Sony / Columbia
8The Kitchen$1,553,018-29%2,745--$566$5,527,4101Warner Bros.
9Toy Story 4$1,321,452-30%2,295-930$576$419,703,8078Disney
10Brian Banks$593,537-26%1,240--$479$2,156,2721Bleecker Street

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Farewell$614,297-30%704295$873$10,206,3415A24
2Yesterday$290,825-42%866-971$336$70,483,7707Universal Pictures
4Crawl$183,054-44%757-1328$242$38,113,7595Paramount Pictures
5The Secret Life of Pets 2$120,870-29%402-377$301$156,576,55010Universal
6Annabelle Comes Home$74,619-34%346-573$216$72,400,8437Warner Bros.
7Avengers: Endgame$67,488-22%237-183$285$857,929,76016Disney
9Rocketman$41,187-37%181-173$228$95,899,64011Paramount Pictures
10John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$35,466-38%174-165$204$170,467,36513Lionsgate
11Men in Black: International$34,864-29%159-92$219$79,405,4519Sony / Columbia
12The Bravest$34,279-11%150--$229$110,3751Sony Pictures
13Them That Follow$23,942-21%195192$123$101,88921091
14Godzilla: King of the Monsters$22,633-22%121-71$187$110,346,37211Warner Bros.
15Stuber$14,911-43%110-970$136$22,254,497520th Century Fox
16ECCO$14,415-15%155--$93$48,2051Citadel Film Group
17POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$11,486-3%113-21$102$144,075,75314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Peanut Butter Falcon$57,499-26%17--$3,382$204,7931Roadside Attractions
2Menteur$45,959-55%71-5$647$3,691,7475Entertainment One
4Tel Aviv on Fire$20,435-41%2817$730$138,8042Cohen Media Group
5The Last Black Man in San Francisco$17,698-19%52-22$340$4,404,33010A24
6Echo In the Canyon$17,111-46%60-44$285$3,194,49412Greenwich Entertainment
7The Nightingale (2019)$16,350-26%2725$606$106,0252IFC Films
8Pavarotti$14,646-23%48-46$305$4,533,55210CBS Films
9Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$13,757-5%63-38$218$788,9326Roadside Attractions
10Wild Rose$13,7292%38-49$361$1,586,3598Neon
12The Biggest Little Farm$10,838-9%44-9$246$4,300,23114Neon
13Dark Phoenix$8,905-28%80-45$111$65,825,62510Fox
14Sword of Trust$8,001-34%65-13$123$290,9145IFC Films
15Late Night$6,786-47%41-45$166$15,451,85610Amazon Studios
16One Child Nation$4,671-47%2--$2,336$20,5231Amazon Studios
17Shaft$2,758-35%35-73$79$21,355,7939Warner Bros.
18The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$1,598-85%25-5$64$1,612,5497ArtAffects Entertainment
19The Fighting Preacher$1,278-94%32-5$40$387,5323Purdie Distribution
20Hampstead$640-57%4-3$160$146,3659IFC Films
21Free Trip To Egypt$500-13%3-1$167$29,95711Matson Films
22Ode to Joy$492-77%2--$246$3,5681IFC Films
23A Brother's Love$467-59%3-1$156$503,44310Entertainment One
24Unplanned$454-91%1-7$454$18,994,21220Pure Flix
25Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$422-37%6-18$70$581,5275Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
26Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$400-3%1--$400$58,49713Rialto Pictures
27Suburban Birds$168--1--$168$9,73319Cinema Guild
28Three Peaks$112-17%1-3$112$16,2167Greenwich Entertainment
29The Wandering Soap Opera$92--1--$92$2,89213Cinema Guild