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, Nov. 6 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator: Dark Fate$1,696,985-51%4,086--$415$36,223,4601Paramount
2Joker$1,103,216-37%3,519-417$314$303,201,6945Warner Bros.
3Harriet$929,530-47%2,059--$451$15,338,8901Focus Features
4Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$733,722-58%3,82030$192$88,558,2443Disney
5Zombieland: Double Tap$663,954-36%3,337-131$199$61,752,4533Sony Pictures
6Motherless Brooklyn$386,987-36%1,342--$288$4,829,2921Warner Bros.
7Black and Blue$357,239-46%2,0620$173$16,905,2722Sony / Screen Gems
8Countdown$341,775-52%2,6750$128$19,157,4272STX Entertainment
9The Addams Family$341,187-67%3,607-600$95$86,917,1474United Artists Releasing
10Gemini Man$168,539-42%1,872-1136$90$47,496,6964Paramount Pictures
11Arctic Dogs$145,740-66%2,844--$51$3,633,6821Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Current War$129,504-35%1,08260$120$5,392,8072101 Studios
13Abominable$46,025-66%1,137-1059$40$58,715,4356Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Lighthouse$265,663-19%978392$272$7,781,4183A24
3Jojo Rabbit$230,527-24%256201$900$4,969,4653Fox Searchlight
4Downton Abbey$140,710-17%912-746$154$94,911,1807Focus Features
5Judy$88,000-18%604-527$146$23,190,7536Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
6Hustlers$42,232-30%408-506$104$104,440,9418STX Entertainment
7Housefull 4$30,338-57%3150$96$1,864,6442FIP
8Western Stars$21,316-23%55316$39$1,485,8453Warner Bros.
9Ad Astra$21,171-15%137-188$155$49,704,560720th Century Fox
10It Chapter Two$16,003-33%376-725$43$211,336,0369Warner Bros
11The Peanut Butter Falcon$9,317-45%122-44$76$20,269,02513Roadside Attractions
12The Lion King$7,948-24%158-41$50$543,374,20516Walt Disney Pictures
13Rambo: Last Blood$7,772-31%205-231$38$44,717,6697Lionsgate
14Toy Story 4$3,653-27%105-16$35$433,890,36720Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Divine Plan$190,031--0----$190,0310Fathom Events
2Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$17,92447%94-40$191$4,013,3679Greenwich Entertainment
3Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$9,55038%85-1589$112$140,833,31515Sony Pictures
4No Safe Spaces$8,07026%1110$734$138,0132Atlas Distribution
5Overcomer$4,106-44%96-29$43$34,665,15811Sony Pictures
6Jexi$3,032-28%87-235$35$6,543,3644Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
7Official Secrets$2,55153%27-18$94$1,986,96610IFC Films
8Matthias & Maxime$2,363-35%31-10$76$338,0894
9Menteur$2,01154%135$155$4,696,13417Entertainment One
10Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$1,843-17%118$168$30,7212Matson Films
11The Raft$1,768--1--$1,768$39,67822Metrograph Pictures
12Brittany Runs A Marathon$1,588-31%33-14$48$7,187,92411Amazon Studios
13The Fighting Preacher$1,514-4%11-2$138$934,81415Purdie Distribution
14The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,397-10%56-30$25$41,630,49712Sony Pictures
16Out Of Liberty$819-14%12-1$68$282,2548Purdie Distribution
17Gift$722168%116$66$18,0594Matson Films
18Mr. Klein$692-13%2-3$346$156,5069Rialto Pictures
19Greener Grass$6702%3619$19$42,0643IFC Films / IFC Midnight
20Desolation Center$613177%4--$153$30,0488Matson Films
21The Farewell$5430%6-9$91$17,699,87717A24
22Cyrano, My Love$4732%6-12$79$334,4263Roadside Attractions
23My People, My Country$458-47%30$153$2,356,3535CMC
2447 Meters Down: Uncaged$27427%12-13$23$22,257,52912Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
25Before You Know It$18040%1-2$180$149,438101091
27Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$14737%6-1$25$549,12711Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
29Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$75--2--$38$108,42729Zeitgeist Films
30The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$6616%5--$13$152,54011Entertainment One
31Immortal Hero$668%1-8$66$38,0693Freestyle Releasing