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 Wed, Oct. 23 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Joker$2,450,143-36%4,090-284$599$256,270,4213Warner Bros.
2Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$1,871,438-53%3,790--$494$45,046,3471Disney
3Zombieland: Double Tap$1,735,032-44%3,468--$500$33,762,1641Sony Pictures
4The Addams Family$771,074-47%4,10295$188$60,268,7072United Artists Releasing
5Gemini Man$625,345-45%3,6420$172$38,786,1922Paramount Pictures
6Downton Abbey$405,365-24%2,258-761$180$89,935,3955Focus Features
7Judy$306,451-31%1,418-209$216$20,070,8314Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
8Hustlers$195,483-37%1,575-782$124$102,547,2066STX Entertainment
9Abominable$169,780-45%2,647-849$64$54,636,5204Universal Pictures
10Jexi$139,371-38%2,3320$60$6,225,7832Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
11It Chapter Two$105,373-32%1,528-775$69$209,983,7817Warner Bros

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ad Astra$85,882-29%796-882$108$48,966,979520th Century Fox
2Night of the Living Dead 50th Anniversary$76,093--567--$134$76,0930Fathom Events
3Rambo: Last Blood$58,011-32%930-901$62$44,280,0255Lionsgate
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$33,2557%147-21$226$3,599,1317Greenwich Entertainment
5The Lion King$20,079-17%325-1362$62$543,019,42214Walt Disney Pictures
6The Peanut Butter Falcon$19,733-41%248-56$80$19,942,42011Roadside Attractions
7Angel Has Fallen$11,001-35%168-120$65$68,926,7269Lionsgate
8Good Boys$9,895-19%190-184$52$83,003,05510Universal Pictures
9Overcomer$9,270-33%146-152$63$34,514,7829Sony Pictures
10Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$9,196-8%219-127$42$68,170,31111CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Lucy In The Sky$9,148-33%23133$40$300,6673Fox Searchlight
12Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$8,680-19%187-114$46$173,725,31512Universal Pictures
13Dora and the Lost City of Gold$6,466-6%147-77$44$60,472,10211Paramount Pictures
14Toy Story 4$5,879-13%145-44$41$433,735,03618Disney
15The Angry Birds Movie 2$2,206-21%108-61$20$41,540,95910Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Pain and Glory$43,000--67--$642$1,134,5573Sony Pictures Classics
3The Lighthouse$41,346-7%8--$5,168$553,0261A24
4Jojo Rabbit$30,1452%5--$6,029$439,0951Fox Searchlight
5The Sky Is Pink$11,814-19%95-99$124$633,6612Pack Your Bags Films
6Matthias & Maxime$9,777-36%533$184$259,8142
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$8,914-6%75-38$119$139,866,01113Sony Pictures
8My People, My Country$6,178-35%41-42$151$2,322,0693CMC
9Brittany Runs A Marathon$5,2261%62-48$84$7,127,6899Amazon Studios
10The Farewell$4,91455%21-18$234$17,677,11015A24
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$4,071-36%66-23$62$26,399,1491120th Century Fox
13Official Secrets$2,435-5%34-9$72$1,929,3298IFC Films
15The Fighting Preacher$1,934-26%140$138$906,99113Purdie Distribution
16Play the Flute$1,850-84%1--$1,850$191,26138
17Spider-Man: Far from Home$1,842-19%84-49$22$390,530,05516Sony / Columbia
18Mr. Klein$1,81640%51$363$132,7537Rialto Pictures
2047 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,777-13%51-48$35$22,239,08010Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
22Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$1,31932%154$88$538,4149Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
23The Goldfinch$1,31217%40-46$33$5,331,3456Warner Bros.
24Ready or Not$1,235-28%39-13$32$28,712,8319Fox Searchlight
25Immortal Hero$1,182-28%12--$99$24,8851Freestyle Releasing
26Out Of Liberty$999-41%12-1$83$264,7246Purdie Distribution
27Greener Grass$924-10%2--$462$12,2931IFC Films / IFC Midnight
28Cyrano, My Love$837-39%3--$279$309,4731Roadside Attractions
29End of the Century$5150%41$129$49,05310
30Before You Know It$45158%60$75$146,21681091
31High Strung Free Dance$426-12%6-100$71$83,7652GVN Releasing
32Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$3321045%3--$111$105,71727Zeitgeist Films
33Menteur$314-60%11-2$29$4,678,50515Entertainment One
34The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$100456%10$100$1,807,11217ArtAffects Entertainment
35Echo In the Canyon$60150%10$60$3,354,81022Greenwich Entertainment
36I'm Leaving Now$31-21%1--$31$3,8947Cinema Guild