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, Oct. 18 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$12,551,906--3,790--$3,312$12,551,9061Disney
2Zombieland: Double Tap$10,534,700--3,468--$3,038$10,534,7001Sony Pictures
3Joker$8,584,376104%4,090-284$2,099$226,608,3803Warner Bros.
4The Addams Family$4,061,164175%4,10295$990$44,820,1912United Artists Releasing
5Gemini Man$2,301,219113%3,6420$632$30,317,7622Paramount Pictures
6Abominable$883,325133%2,647-849$334$51,298,3954Universal Pictures
7Downton Abbey$879,40544%2,258-761$389$86,411,8655Focus Features
8Hustlers$614,29292%1,575-782$390$100,436,2046STX Entertainment
9Judy$579,14742%1,418-209$408$17,541,2854Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
10It Chapter Two$400,917124%1,528-775$262$208,555,4357Warner Bros
11Jexi$346,29055%2,3320$148$4,865,9742Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ad Astra$235,42847%796-882$296$48,100,199520th Century Fox
2Rambo: Last Blood$141,16829%930-901$152$43,663,3345Lionsgate
3The Lion King$75,9384%325-1362$234$542,759,56614Walt Disney Pictures
4The Peanut Butter Falcon$67,175114%248-56$271$19,720,33511Roadside Attractions
5Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$48,84735%147-21$332$3,361,5997Greenwich Entertainment
6Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$40,049227%219-127$183$68,042,35311CBS Films / Lionsgate
7Good Boys$28,96059%190-184$152$82,897,85510Universal Pictures
8Angel Has Fallen$26,105115%168-120$155$68,814,5189Lionsgate
9Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$24,370113%187-114$130$173,628,00512Universal Pictures
10Overcomer$23,70021%146-152$162$34,424,1719Sony Pictures
11Dora and the Lost City of Gold$22,21463%147-77$151$60,379,23211Paramount Pictures
12Toy Story 4$21,55955%145-44$149$433,647,04318Disney
13Lucy In The Sky$16,11948%23133$70$230,2143Fox Searchlight
14The Angry Birds Movie 2$10,00777%108-61$93$41,493,37610Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Lighthouse$170,003--8--$21,250$170,0031A24
3Jojo Rabbit$142,110--5--$28,422$142,1101Fox Searchlight
4The Sky Is Pink$34,08352%95-99$359$521,8962Pack Your Bags Films
5My People, My Country$29,487127%41-40$719$2,281,4303CMC
6Matthias & Maxime$17,81218%533$336$196,6472
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$17,29427%75-38$231$139,792,61013Sony Pictures
8Brittany Runs A Marathon$12,24749%62-48$198$7,081,6139Amazon Studios
9The Art of Racing in the Rain$12,04891%66-23$183$26,359,7471120th Century Fox
10The Farewell$7,76888%21-18$370$17,646,90115A24
11Spider-Man: Far from Home$7,26940%84-49$87$390,502,53916Sony / Columbia
12Immortal Hero$6,563--12--$547$6,5631Freestyle Releasing
13Official Secrets$6,43632%34-9$189$1,901,5588IFC Films
16The Fighting Preacher$5,73793%140$410$892,03613Purdie Distribution
1747 Meters Down: Uncaged$4,644-93%51-48$91$22,216,90510Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18Ready or Not$4,52468%39-13$116$28,693,3719Fox Searchlight
19Out Of Liberty$3,57780%12-1$298$255,6436Purdie Distribution
20Greener Grass$3,566--2--$1,783$3,5661IFC Films / IFC Midnight
21Mr. Klein$3,239-1%51$648$118,5847Rialto Pictures
22The Goldfinch$2,961-32%40-46$74$5,319,2036Warner Bros.
24Cyrano, My Love$1,706--3--$569$301,3061Roadside Attractions
25Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$1,643470%154$110$529,7979Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
26Menteur$1,31648%11-2$120$4,674,63415Entertainment One
27End of the Century$1,272111%63$212$45,23710
28Gift$1,225286%53$245$6,7492Matson Films
29Before You Know It$1,206282%60$201$143,77281091
31High Strung Free Dance$348-95%6-100$58$81,1312GVN Releasing
32Echo In the Canyon$312940%10$312$3,353,95222Greenwich Entertainment
33The Dead Center$310-58%1-9$310$7,9972Matson Films
34Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$272--3--$91$105,08727Zeitgeist Films
35I'm Leaving Now$166--1--$166$3,3317Cinema Guild
36Desolation Center$120145%3-4$40$24,3756Matson Films
37The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$26-80%10$26$1,806,73717ArtAffects Entertainment