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, Oct. 20 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$10,183,290-28%3,790--$2,687$36,948,7131Disney
2Joker$8,225,918-34%4,090-284$2,011$247,275,8443Warner Bros.
3Zombieland: Double Tap$6,535,871-33%3,468--$1,885$26,803,1041Sony Pictures
4The Addams Family$5,071,021-29%4,10295$1,236$57,080,0072United Artists Releasing
5Gemini Man$2,248,957-40%3,6420$618$36,326,6212Paramount Pictures
6Abominable$1,020,930-36%2,647-849$386$53,925,4304Universal Pictures
7Downton Abbey$959,440-24%2,258-761$425$88,638,1805Focus Features
8Judy$648,585-25%1,418-209$457$19,057,8774Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
9Hustlers$508,053-44%1,575-782$323$101,847,4536STX Entertainment
10It Chapter Two$369,889-46%1,528-775$242$209,608,2607Warner Bros
11Jexi$334,576-36%2,3320$143$5,722,7762Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ad Astra$212,097-42%796-882$266$48,677,973520th Century Fox
2Rambo: Last Blood$164,724-34%930-901$177$44,076,5635Lionsgate
3The Lion King$73,919-39%325-1362$227$542,954,24314Walt Disney Pictures
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$64,584-21%147-21$439$3,507,9927Greenwich Entertainment
5The Peanut Butter Falcon$55,083-39%248-56$222$19,865,03211Roadside Attractions
6Dora and the Lost City of Gold$30,051-31%147-77$204$60,452,83711Paramount Pictures
7Angel Has Fallen$28,468-36%168-120$169$68,887,2809Lionsgate
8Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$28,206-60%219-127$129$68,140,95011CBS Films / Lionsgate
9Toy Story 4$27,352-34%145-44$189$433,716,01618Disney
10Overcomer$26,394-20%146-152$181$34,483,4389Sony Pictures
11Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$26,075-40%187-114$139$173,697,27012Universal Pictures
12Good Boys$25,305-47%190-184$133$82,970,81010Universal Pictures
13Lucy In The Sky$17,031-23%23133$74$269,4913Fox Searchlight
14The Angry Birds Movie 2$15,037-40%108-61$139$41,533,52710Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Lighthouse$119,034-14%8--$14,879$427,7971A24
3Jojo Rabbit$95,897-14%5--$19,179$349,5551Fox Searchlight
4The Sky Is Pink$36,285-3%95-99$382$595,5562Pack Your Bags Films
5Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$23,259-7%75-38$310$139,840,97813Sony Pictures
6My People, My Country$18,78020%41-42$458$2,315,8913CMC
7Matthias & Maxime$13,534-34%533$255$230,6522
8Brittany Runs A Marathon$12,431-31%62-48$201$7,112,0609Amazon Studios
9Spider-Man: Far from Home$7,793-42%84-49$93$390,523,78016Sony / Columbia
10Immortal Hero$7,78424%12--$649$20,6291Freestyle Releasing
11Official Secrets$7,682-27%34-9$226$1,919,7018IFC Films
12The Farewell$7,287-30%21-18$347$17,664,65515A24
1347 Meters Down: Uncaged$6,743-32%51-48$132$22,233,60410Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15The Art of Racing in the Rain$6,325-59%66-23$96$26,381,5031120th Century Fox
17Mr. Klein$4,465-16%51$893$128,3477Rialto Pictures
18The Goldfinch$4,1935%40-46$105$5,327,3836Warner Bros.
19Ready or Not$3,613-69%39-13$93$28,708,4669Fox Searchlight
21Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$2,89019%154$193$535,1219Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
22Greener Grass$2,077-43%2--$1,039$9,3051IFC Films / IFC Midnight
23Cyrano, My Love$1,968-38%3--$656$306,4511Roadside Attractions
25End of the Century$1,068-11%53$214$47,50010
26Gift$760-47%53$152$8,9532Matson Films
27Menteur$733-61%11-2$67$4,677,25715Entertainment One
28High Strung Free Dance$654-12%6-100$109$82,5292GVN Releasing
29The Fighting Preacher$607-90%140$43$899,03213Purdie Distribution
30Before You Know It$540-37%60$90$145,16481091
31Out Of Liberty$421-90%12-1$35$260,3006Purdie Distribution
32Echo In the Canyon$296-29%10$296$3,354,66622Greenwich Entertainment
33Desolation Center$264-79%3-4$88$25,8806Matson Films
34I'm Leaving Now$25743%1--$257$3,7687Cinema Guild
35The Dead Center$106-51%1-9$106$8,3202Matson Films
36The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$44-57%10$44$1,806,88417ArtAffects Entertainment