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, Sep. 23 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Downton Abbey$3,287,855-57%3,079--$1,068$34,321,5201Focus Features
2Ad Astra$1,522,688-66%3,460--$440$20,524,086120th Century Fox
3Hustlers$1,462,194-66%3,525289$415$63,813,9942STX Entertainment
4Rambo: Last Blood$1,391,357-71%3,618--$385$20,264,2761Lionsgate
5It Chapter Two$1,123,714-75%4,156-414$270$180,050,7553Warner Bros
6Friends 25th: The One With The Anniversary$876,742--1,576--$556$876,7420Fathom Events
7Good Boys$218,090-68%2,025-711$108$77,604,6606Universal Pictures
8Angel Has Fallen$206,168-66%2,505-571$82$64,903,2105Lionsgate
9The Lion King$169,118-79%1,978-387$85$537,867,21010Walt Disney Pictures
10Overcomer$137,196-71%1,818-475$75$31,725,0065Sony Pictures
11The Peanut Butter Falcon$99,592-65%1,128-362$88$16,858,8667Roadside Attractions
12Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$99,175-75%1,391-659$71$170,709,1258Universal Pictures
13Brittany Runs A Marathon$92,991-66%1,033276$90$5,351,7545Amazon Studios
14The Goldfinch$91,892-59%2,5420$36$4,632,0092Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$75,413-58%545-412$138$138,239,0329Sony Pictures
2Dora and the Lost City of Gold$68,856-84%944-404$73$58,493,5337Paramount Pictures
3Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$56,073-76%932-562$60$65,841,3077CBS Films / Lionsgate
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$54,508-59%218-2$250$1,695,5173Greenwich Entertainment
5The Angry Birds Movie 2$47,309-82%730-454$65$40,611,6156Sony Pictures
6Official Secrets$29,657-57%477146$62$1,424,1424IFC Films
7Spider-Man: Far from Home$26,443-75%407-303$65$389,778,21412Sony / Columbia
8Ready or Not$22,294-57%301-794$74$28,298,3175Fox Searchlight
9Toy Story 4$18,758-79%291-119$64$432,771,58914Disney
10The Farewell$14,819-58%126-103$118$17,366,92011A24
11The Art of Racing in the Rain$10,950-65%231-242$47$26,055,584720th Century Fox
1247 Meters Down: Uncaged$9,181-80%246-291$37$21,811,8526Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14The Zoya Factor$5,499-73%100--$55$85,0161FIP
15Blinded by the Light$5,471-54%143-122$38$11,783,1776Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
3The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$13,57311117%25-37$543$1,795,53413ArtAffects Entertainment
4Tod@s Caen$6,822-76%68-143$100$2,591,6474Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Out Of Liberty$6,597256%34-1$194$148,5732Purdie Distribution
6The Fighting Preacher$6,4501299%23-2$280$805,6329Purdie Distribution
7Don't Let Go$6,098-66%87-326$70$5,126,0284OTL Releasing
11Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$4,082-47%74-118$55$9,146,5316United Artists Releasing
12Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$3,793-62%49-28$77$483,8405Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
13Menteur$3,706-5%45-6$82$4,607,71011Entertainment One
14The Kitchen$3,178-51%83-27$38$12,150,9337Warner Bros.
15Annabelle Comes Home$2,173-70%63-81$34$74,118,53113Warner Bros.
17Brian Banks$1,541-61%47-21$33$4,371,3077Bleecker Street
18Tel Aviv on Fire$1,267--9-5$141$464,5548Cohen Media Group
19Loro$1,029-34%1--$1,029$6,3461IFC Films
20Before You Know It$1,011-46%18-10$56$120,55541091
21Desolation Center$972-29%52$194$13,3512Matson Films
22Men in Black: International$839-72%38-12$22$79,843,06615Sony / Columbia
23Britt-Marie Was Here$711-41%3--$237$5,1031Cohen Media Group
24The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$4711%5-6$94$144,7865Entertainment One
25Echo In the Canyon$397-18%7-3$57$3,344,76318Greenwich Entertainment
26Mission Mangal$393-65%13-30$30$3,658,2016FIP
27The Sound of Silence$285-79%64$48$10,7952IFC Films
28The Nightingale (2019)$279-33%10-5$28$400,6498IFC Films
29Chasing Einstein$243-82%3-1$81$18,5612Atlas Distribution
30I'm Leaving Now$138--10$138$2,3283Cinema Guild
31A Brother's Love$43-93%6-3$7$530,90416Entertainment One
32Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$25-42%1-4$25$32,2066GKIDS
33Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$3-100%31$1$590,59811Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures