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 Fri, Aug. 23 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Angel Has Fallen$7,958,653--3,286--$2,422$7,958,6531Lionsgate
2Good Boys$3,450,420103%3,353149$1,029$33,757,9252Universal Pictures
3Overcomer$3,043,455--1,723--$1,766$3,043,4551Sony Pictures
4Ready or Not$2,483,665116%2,855--$870$5,511,8131Fox Searchlight
5The Lion King$2,207,07692%3,300-260$669$504,692,8116Walt Disney Pictures
6Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$2,160,320100%3,312-445$652$141,721,5754Universal Pictures
7Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$1,706,527109%2,927-208$583$46,195,7293CBS Films / Lionsgate
8The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,693,333111%3,8690$438$22,419,5962Sony Pictures
9Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$1,458,70985%2,209-295$660$119,646,1765Sony Pictures
10Dora and the Lost City of Gold$1,323,53299%2,843-892$466$39,223,4853Paramount Pictures
1147 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,103,963119%2,88330$383$12,519,9102Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$601,93139%2,040-725$295$19,982,258320th Century Fox
13Blinded by the Light$581,16082%2,3070$252$6,702,5662Warner Bros
14Spider-Man: Far from Home$464,60073%1,008-507$461$378,533,6078Sony / Columbia
15Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$436,45826%2,306-98$189$5,622,0182United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Peanut Butter Falcon$943,8702878%996947$948$1,663,2193Roadside Attractions
2Toy Story 4$331,28453%820-425$404$425,834,54010Disney
3The Farewell$253,87070%816-45$311$13,788,4807A24
4Mission Mangal$167,556132%2630$637$2,225,7672FIP
5Yesterday$119,60565%438-64$273$72,111,7659Universal Pictures
6The Kitchen$99,468-26%620-2125$160$11,401,7593Warner Bros.
9The Secret Life of Pets 2$52,02551%185-57$281$157,299,49012Universal
10Crawl$38,452151%143-31$269$38,732,1257Paramount Pictures
11Brian Banks$34,413-17%220-760$156$4,076,2283Bleecker Street
12Rocketman$20,60326%118-42$175$96,176,54213Paramount Pictures
13John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$18,34840%129-19$142$170,744,40715Lionsgate
14Annabelle Comes Home$15,741300%11614$136$72,618,8189Warner Bros.
15Men in Black: International$13,7491%100-16$137$79,600,68411Sony / Columbia
16Avengers: Endgame$13,18622%115-33$115$858,201,60118Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brittany Runs A Marathon$69,321--5--$13,864$69,3211Amazon Studios
2Menteur$29,83624%58-12$514$4,173,8787Entertainment One
3The Fighting Preacher$16,264168%278$602$535,4465Purdie Distribution
6Tel Aviv on Fire$13,288104%376$359$270,4134Cohen Media Group
7One Child Nation$12,439--3416$366$117,3453Amazon Studios
8Stuber$12,167502%7525$162$22,318,123720th Century Fox
9The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$12,012--25--$480$12,0121Entertainment One
10The Nightingale (2019)$11,314--5112$222$221,9374IFC Films
11Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$9,519--7--$1,360$9,5191Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
12Godzilla: King of the Monsters$8,25993%64-31$129$110,455,28413Warner Bros.
13Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$6,32927%43-22$147$870,6618Roadside Attractions
14Echo In the Canyon$3,618-9%20-15$181$3,266,46614Greenwich Entertainment
15The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$3,15759%16-5$197$1,662,6869ArtAffects Entertainment
16The Bravest$2,529-45%2-31$1,265$273,6233Sony Pictures
17Wild Rose$2,391105%258$96$1,622,61210Neon
18The Biggest Little Farm$2,083-16%16-11$130$4,353,50616Neon
19Late Night$1,846--13-19$142$15,492,10512Amazon Studios
20Vita & Virginia$1,210--1--$1,210$1,2101IFC Films
21Bu├▒uel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$1,143-36%20$572$12,2302GKIDS
22Sword of Trust$762--14-1$54$318,8397IFC Films
23A Brother's Love$53951%42$135$513,45512Entertainment One
24End of the Century$515-64%10$515$15,3412
25Meeting Gorbachev$41037%3--$137$250,458171091
26Suburban Birds$187--1--$187$9,92021Cinema Guild
27Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$171--1--$171$59,48815Rialto Pictures
28Free Trip To Egypt$15536%1-1$155$33,18113Matson Films
29Ode to Joy$105--5-11$21$16,2993IFC Films