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 Mon, Aug. 26 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Angel Has Fallen$1,821,078-68%3,286--$554$1,821,0781Lionsgate
2Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$1,821,07814%2,927-208$622$50,890,3573CBS Films / Lionsgate
3Good Boys$1,186,910-65%3,353149$354$43,130,0702Universal Pictures
4The Lion King$825,136-66%3,300-260$250$511,376,1026Walt Disney Pictures
5Ready or Not$779,638-66%2,865--$272$11,823,3761Fox Searchlight
6Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$730,105-69%3,312-445$220$148,359,7404Universal Pictures
7Overcomer$691,573-70%1,723--$401$8,838,1061Sony Pictures
8The Angry Birds Movie 2$578,633-70%3,8690$150$27,687,2632Sony Pictures
9Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$564,106-61%2,209-295$255$123,756,9735Sony Pictures
10Dora and the Lost City of Gold$458,668-74%2,843-892$161$43,689,6643Paramount Pictures
1147 Meters Down: Uncaged$332,492-69%2,88330$115$15,669,0712Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$235,305-62%2,040-725$115$21,722,051320th Century Fox
13Blinded by the Light$190,881-65%2,3070$83$8,294,3732Warner Bros
14Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$189,990-54%2,306-98$82$6,799,7872United Artists Releasing
15Spider-Man: Far from Home$180,216-62%1,008-507$179$379,931,6968Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Peanut Butter Falcon$295,541-66%996947$297$3,989,2813Roadside Attractions
2Toy Story 4$141,526-62%820-425$173$426,875,61810Disney
3The Farewell$106,332-60%816-45$130$14,523,5657A24
4Yesterday$65,845-40%438-64$150$72,457,5559Universal Pictures
5Mission Mangal$37,974-82%2630$144$2,751,2412FIP
6The Kitchen$37,123-60%620-2125$60$11,681,9203Warner Bros.
8The Secret Life of Pets 2$24,795-59%185-57$134$157,473,66012Universal
10Brian Banks$13,788-65%220-760$63$4,187,1823Bleecker Street
11Rocketman$10,458-48%118-42$89$96,237,86513Paramount Pictures
12Crawl$9,306-69%143-31$65$38,837,2697Paramount Pictures
13John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$7,540-64%129-19$58$170,802,54115Lionsgate
14Annabelle Comes Home$6,381-65%11614$55$72,670,9659Warner Bros.
15Men in Black: International$5,011-69%100-16$50$79,647,81911Sony / Columbia
16Avengers: Endgame$4,865-68%115-33$42$858,243,54818Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighting Preacher$12,4751098%278$462$570,0815Purdie Distribution
2Brittany Runs A Marathon$10,829-78%5--$2,166$191,5401Amazon Studios
3Menteur$10,098-36%58-12$174$4,234,6517Entertainment One
6Tel Aviv on Fire$6,147-68%376$166$323,9144Cohen Media Group
7The Nightingale (2019)$6,093-47%5112$119$254,7384IFC Films
8One Child Nation$5,715-63%34--$168$157,4103Amazon Studios
9Stuber$4,678-66%7525$62$22,355,804720th Century Fox
10The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$4,677-43%25--$187$38,0171Entertainment One
11Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$3,695-70%7--$528$40,1201Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
12Godzilla: King of the Monsters$3,106-71%64-31$49$110,484,39713Warner Bros.
13Echo In the Canyon$3,029-32%20-15$151$3,280,27614Greenwich Entertainment
14The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$2,342223%16-5$146$1,670,6899ArtAffects Entertainment
15Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$1,859-62%43-22$43$884,8678Roadside Attractions
16The Biggest Little Farm$1,441-69%16-11$90$4,363,41816Neon
17Wild Rose$1,193-66%258$48$1,631,49410Neon
18Late Night$9617%13--$74$15,495,88912Amazon Studios
19The Bravest$951-53%2-31$476$279,0603Sony Pictures
20Unplanned$950-51%1--$950$19,005,10922Pure Flix
21Vita & Virginia$532-31%1--$532$3,9401IFC Films
22Christ Stopped at Eboli$461--1--$461$72,06321Rialto Pictures
23Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$409-72%20$205$14,7572GKIDS
24A Brother's Love$35520%42$89$514,97412Entertainment One
25End of the Century$309-73%10$309$17,5592
26Sword of Trust$288-76%14-1$21$321,7907IFC Films
27Free Trip To Egypt$125-43%1-1$125$33,57313Matson Films
28Ode to Joy$92-28%5-11$18$17,0453IFC Films
29Meeting Gorbachev$10-95%3--$3$251,049171091