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 Thu, Oct. 24 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Joker$2,413,101-2%4,090-284$590$258,683,5223Warner Bros.
2Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$1,828,811-2%3,790--$483$46,875,1581Disney
3Zombieland: Double Tap$1,638,109-6%3,468--$472$35,400,2731Sony Pictures
4The Addams Family$826,9917%4,10295$202$61,095,6982United Artists Releasing
5Gemini Man$556,221-11%3,6420$153$39,342,4132Paramount Pictures
6Downton Abbey$371,235-8%2,258-761$164$90,306,6305Focus Features
7Judy$262,545-14%1,418-209$185$20,333,3764Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
8Abominable$182,0757%2,647-849$69$54,818,5954Universal Pictures
9Hustlers$157,656-19%1,575-782$100$102,704,8626STX Entertainment
10Jexi$94,139-32%2,3320$40$6,319,9222Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
11It Chapter Two$90,374-14%1,528-775$59$210,074,1557Warner Bros

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Piece: Stampede$413,015--538--$768$413,0150FUNimation Entertainment
2Night of the Living Dead 50th Anniversary$71,330-6%534--$134$147,4230Fathom Events
3Ad Astra$70,588-18%796-882$89$49,037,567520th Century Fox
4Rambo: Last Blood$48,761-16%930-901$52$44,328,7865Lionsgate
5Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$31,702-5%147-21$216$3,630,8337Greenwich Entertainment
6The Lion King$21,7118%325-1362$67$543,041,13314Walt Disney Pictures
7The Peanut Butter Falcon$21,1117%248-56$85$19,963,53111Roadside Attractions
8Angel Has Fallen$11,4154%168-120$68$68,938,1419Lionsgate
9Overcomer$9,4332%146-152$65$34,524,2159Sony Pictures
10Lucy In The Sky$7,332-20%23133$32$307,9993Fox Searchlight
11Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$7,270-16%187-114$39$173,732,58512Universal Pictures
12Toy Story 4$7,20423%145-44$50$433,742,24018Disney
13Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$7,176-22%219-127$33$68,177,48711CBS Films / Lionsgate
14Good Boys$7,050-29%190-184$37$83,010,10510Universal Pictures
15Dora and the Lost City of Gold$5,841-10%147-77$40$60,477,94311Paramount Pictures
16The Angry Birds Movie 2$3,30550%108-61$31$41,544,26410Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Lighthouse$27,461-34%8--$3,433$580,4871A24
3Jojo Rabbit$20,329-33%5--$4,066$459,4241Fox Searchlight
4The Sky Is Pink$11,405-3%95-99$120$645,0662Pack Your Bags Films
5Matthias & Maxime$8,366-14%533$158$268,1802
6Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$6,507-27%75-38$87$139,872,51813Sony Pictures
7The Farewell$5,0042%21-18$238$17,682,11415A24
9Brittany Runs A Marathon$4,255-19%62-48$69$7,131,9449Amazon Studios
10The Art of Racing in the Rain$3,669-10%66-23$56$26,402,8181120th Century Fox
11Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$2,13562%154$142$540,5499Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
12Spider-Man: Far from Home$2,03010%84-49$24$390,532,08516Sony / Columbia
14Official Secrets$1,931-21%34-9$57$1,931,2608IFC Films
15The Fighting Preacher$1,915-1%140$137$908,90613Purdie Distribution
1747 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,479-17%51-48$29$22,240,55910Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18Mr. Klein$1,419-22%51$284$134,1727Rialto Pictures
19Ready or Not$1,40013%39-13$36$28,714,2319Fox Searchlight
20The Goldfinch$1,276-3%40-46$32$5,332,6216Warner Bros.
21Greener Grass$1,22733%2--$614$13,5201IFC Films / IFC Midnight
23Immortal Hero$1,110-6%12--$93$25,9951Freestyle Releasing
24Out Of Liberty$1,0849%12-1$90$265,8086Purdie Distribution
25Cyrano, My Love$1,01321%3--$338$310,4861Roadside Attractions
26Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace$1,000--0----$1,0000Passion River Films
27End of the Century$60818%51$122$49,66110
28Before You Know It$409-9%60$68$146,62581091
29Menteur$39024%11-2$35$4,678,89515Entertainment One
30High Strung Free Dance$126-70%6-100$21$83,8912GVN Releasing
31The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$1044%10$104$1,807,21617ArtAffects Entertainment
32Echo In the Canyon$8440%10$84$3,354,89422Greenwich Entertainment
33I'm Leaving Now$74139%1--$74$3,9687Cinema Guild
34Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$29-91%3--$10$105,74627Zeitgeist Films