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, Oct. 21 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Joker$2,742,836-67%4,090-284$671$250,018,6803Warner Bros.
2Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$2,242,325-78%3,790--$592$39,191,0381Disney
3Zombieland: Double Tap$2,122,597-68%3,468--$612$28,925,7011Sony Pictures
4The Addams Family$959,133-81%4,10295$234$58,039,1402United Artists Releasing
5Gemini Man$700,219-69%3,6420$192$37,026,8402Paramount Pictures
6Downton Abbey$355,500-63%2,258-761$157$88,993,6805Focus Features
7Judy$264,083-59%1,418-209$186$19,321,9604Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
8Abominable$235,235-77%2,647-849$89$54,160,6654Universal Pictures
9Hustlers$194,254-62%1,575-782$123$102,041,7076STX Entertainment
10Jexi$139,577-58%2,3320$60$5,862,3532Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
11It Chapter Two$114,491-69%1,528-775$75$209,722,7517Warner Bros

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ad Astra$81,994-61%796-882$103$48,759,967520th Century Fox
2Rambo: Last Blood$59,897-64%930-901$64$44,136,4605Lionsgate
3QT8: The First Eight$51,896--459--$113$51,8960Fathom Events
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$26,749-59%147-21$182$3,534,7417Greenwich Entertainment
5The Peanut Butter Falcon$24,180-56%248-56$98$19,889,21211Roadside Attractions
6The Lion King$20,871-72%325-1362$64$542,975,11414Walt Disney Pictures
7Angel Has Fallen$11,590-59%168-120$69$68,898,8709Lionsgate
8Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$10,145-64%219-127$46$68,151,09511CBS Films / Lionsgate
9Good Boys$10,100-60%190-184$53$82,980,91010Universal Pictures
10Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$8,625-67%187-114$46$173,705,89512Universal Pictures
11Lucy In The Sky$8,420-51%23133$36$277,9113Fox Searchlight
12Overcomer$8,325-68%146-152$57$34,491,7639Sony Pictures
13Toy Story 4$6,351-77%145-44$44$433,722,36718Disney
14Dora and the Lost City of Gold$5,943-80%147-77$40$60,458,78011Paramount Pictures
15The Angry Birds Movie 2$2,442-84%108-61$23$41,535,96910Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Lighthouse$39,437-67%8--$4,930$467,2341A24
3Jojo Rabbit$29,885-69%5--$5,977$379,4401Fox Searchlight
4The Sky Is Pink$11,625-68%95-99$122$607,1812Pack Your Bags Films
5The Art of Racing in the Rain$7,17613%66-23$109$26,388,6791120th Century Fox
6Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$6,622-72%75-38$88$139,847,60013Sony Pictures
7My People, My Country$5,884-69%41-42$144$2,321,7753CMC
8Brittany Runs A Marathon$5,222-58%62-48$84$7,117,2829Amazon Studios
9Official Secrets$4,637-40%34-9$136$1,924,3388IFC Films
10The Farewell$4,370-40%21-18$208$17,669,02515A24
11Matthias & Maxime$4,175-69%533$79$234,8272
13The Fighting Preacher$3,423464%140$245$902,45513Purdie Distribution
15Spider-Man: Far from Home$2,172-72%84-49$26$390,525,95216Sony / Columbia
16Out Of Liberty$1,745314%12-1$145$262,0456Purdie Distribution
1747 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,659-75%51-48$33$22,235,26310Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
19The Goldfinch$1,533-63%40-46$38$5,328,9166Warner Bros.
20Immortal Hero$1,421-82%12--$118$22,0501Freestyle Releasing
21Ready or Not$1,413-61%39-13$36$28,709,8799Fox Searchlight
22Mr. Klein$1,295-71%51$259$129,6427Rialto Pictures
24Greener Grass$1,037-50%2--$519$10,3421IFC Films / IFC Midnight
25Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$975-66%154$65$536,0969Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
26Cyrano, My Love$824-58%3--$275$307,2751Roadside Attractions
27End of the Century$522-51%53$104$48,02210
28High Strung Free Dance$324-50%6-100$54$82,8532GVN Releasing
29Before You Know It$315-42%60$53$145,47981091
30Menteur$145-80%11-2$13$4,677,40215Entertainment One
31The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$110150%10$110$1,806,99417ArtAffects Entertainment
32Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$87--30$29$105,35627Zeitgeist Films
33Echo In the Canyon$60-80%10$60$3,354,72622Greenwich Entertainment
34I'm Leaving Now$56-78%1--$56$3,8247Cinema Guild