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 Sat, Nov. 2 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator: Dark Fate$10,970,3704%4,086--$2,685$21,521,5001Paramount
2Joker$5,966,86757%3,519-417$1,696$295,464,5005Warner Bros.
3Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$5,855,13688%3,82030$1,533$81,121,6423Disney
4Harriet$4,651,39519%2,059--$2,259$8,546,0901Focus Features
5The Addams Family$3,822,80092%3,607-600$1,060$82,611,4454United Artists Releasing
6Zombieland: Double Tap$3,273,65962%3,337-131$981$57,256,5563Sony Pictures
7Countdown$2,677,21366%2,6750$1,001$16,208,0092STX Entertainment
8Black and Blue$1,872,91364%2,0620$908$14,405,0392Sony / Screen Gems
9Motherless Brooklyn$1,528,00146%1,342--$1,139$2,575,3231Warner Bros.
10Arctic Dogs$1,347,21296%2,844--$474$2,033,7831Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11Gemini Man$841,71969%1,872-1136$450$46,374,1174Paramount Pictures
12The Current War$530,71747%1,08260$490$4,636,2912101 Studios
13Abominable$498,300141%1,137-1059$438$58,115,7456Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Jojo Rabbit$948,91235%256201$3,707$3,536,8003Fox Searchlight
3The Lighthouse$823,74540%978392$842$6,390,2653A24
4Downton Abbey$489,55055%912-746$537$94,126,7107Focus Features
5DanTDM Presents The Contest$307,484--684--$450$307,4841Fathom Events
6Judy$245,67861%604-527$407$22,743,8046Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
7Housefull 4$180,78767%3150$574$1,587,2542FIP
8Hustlers$173,26759%408-506$425$104,202,3988STX Entertainment
9Canelo vs. Kovalev$140,820--471--$299$140,8201Fathom Events
10It Chapter Two$106,79669%376-725$284$211,220,9679Warner Bros
11Ad Astra$79,97729%137-188$584$49,596,331720th Century Fox
12Western Stars$74,13374%55316$134$1,367,1843Warner Bros.
13The Lion King$53,167110%158-41$337$543,316,74816Walt Disney Pictures
14The Peanut Butter Falcon$41,14055%122-44$337$20,212,49213Roadside Attractions
15Rambo: Last Blood$31,24462%205-231$152$44,669,4747Lionsgate
16Toy Story 4$26,627161%105-16$254$433,859,60320Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$39,50176%94-53$420$3,940,2849Greenwich Entertainment
2Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$35,59575%85-1589$419$140,793,51215Sony Pictures
3The Angry Birds Movie 2$28,594551%56-30$511$41,618,49012Sony Pictures
4No Safe Spaces$21,2018%1110$1,927$99,5672Atlas Distribution
5Overcomer$19,72271%96-29$205$34,636,38911Sony Pictures
6Jexi$11,94449%87-235$137$6,524,4464Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
7Official Secrets$6,861160%27-18$254$1,976,82410IFC Films
9Matthias & Maxime$5,55144%31-10$179$325,7424
10Brittany Runs A Marathon$5,23827%33-14$159$7,177,99611Amazon Studios
11Greener Grass$4,41614%3619$123$36,3873IFC Films / IFC Midnight
12Mr. Klein$3,849345%3-1$1,283$151,5039Rialto Pictures
13Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$3,55417%118$323$22,9592Matson Films
14The Fighting Preacher$3,3470%11-2$304$929,35315Purdie Distribution
15Out Of Liberty$2,42520%12-1$202$277,2258Purdie Distribution
1647 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,72833%12-13$144$22,255,68012Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18My People, My Country$1,68783%30$562$2,353,3145CMC
19The Farewell$1,61189%6-9$269$17,696,53317A24
21Gift$1,043-36%116$95$15,9504Matson Films
22Menteur$1,009-41%135$78$4,686,63217Entertainment One
23Cyrano, My Love$91338%6-12$152$332,4103Roadside Attractions
24Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$736118%6-1$123$546,55111Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
25Immortal Hero$523194%1-8$523$37,5453Freestyle Releasing
26Desolation Center$220120%4--$55$28,7598Matson Films
27Before You Know It$219-64%1-5$219$148,781101091
28Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$23--2--$12$106,98429Zeitgeist Films
29The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$16-76%5--$3$150,98111Entertainment One