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, Nov. 18 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ford v. Ferrari$2,360,221-71%3,528--$669$33,835,179120th Century Fox
3The Good Liar$586,572-63%2,439--$240$6,191,6231Warner Bros.
4Charlie's Angels$535,227-73%3,452--$155$8,886,3361Sony Pictures
5Doctor Sleep$482,088-70%3,8550$125$25,347,1962Warner Bros.
6Last Christmas$466,570-72%3,4546$135$22,836,2652Universal Pictures
7Joker$426,673-69%2,337-469$183$322,729,6557Warner Bros.
8Harriet$402,220-68%2,011-175$200$32,095,7503Focus Features
9Terminator: Dark Fate$337,017-74%2,477-1609$136$57,173,6203Paramount
10Playing with Fire$328,607-87%3,18560$103$25,609,0382Paramount Pictures
11Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$271,162-81%2,549-652$106$105,964,5465Disney
12Zombieland: Double Tap$165,104-67%1,407-1020$117$70,480,6515Sony Pictures
13The Addams Family$78,462-86%1,835-839$43$94,774,3646United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Theatre Live: Fleabag$326,283--399--$818$326,2830Fathom Events
2Princess Mononoke (2019 re-release)$305,781-27%752--$407$723,0921Fathom Events
3Jojo Rabbit$229,357-70%995197$231$13,769,1075Fox Searchlight
5Black and Blue$75,089-68%558-571$135$20,828,9194Sony / Screen Gems
6Countdown$62,727-76%946-883$66$24,394,0824STX Entertainment
7Motherless Brooklyn$50,013-62%611-731$82$8,865,7253Warner Bros.
8The Lighthouse$48,876-60%290-393$169$9,833,3745A24
9Downton Abbey$30,450-67%303-171$100$96,314,0259Focus Features
10Judy$15,962-55%123-123$130$23,749,1908Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
11The Warrior Queen of Jhansi$13,304-61%277--$48$125,6601Roadside Attractions
12Abominable$13,145-87%299-107$44$59,750,1958Universal Pictures
13Gemini Man$9,152-69%176-304$52$48,320,5206Paramount Pictures
14Hustlers$9,024-53%118-61$76$104,807,30310STX Entertainment
15Arctic Dogs$5,563-90%356-1964$16$5,508,3633Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
16The Current War$5,011-60%143-260$35$5,884,0984101 Studios
17It Chapter Two$4,357-74%1326$33$211,490,60311Warner Bros
18The Lion King$3,118-82%116-19$27$543,557,69318Walt Disney Pictures
19Western Stars$1,344-67%144-67$9$1,573,5545Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Honey Boy$20,514-61%1713$1,207$597,8832Amazon Studios
2Out Of Liberty$18,798626500%5853$324$305,03610Purdie Distribution
3No Safe Spaces$11,831-66%5517$215$373,5124Atlas Distribution
5Rambo: Last Blood$4,991-66%8426$59$44,802,3169Lionsgate
6Ad Astra$4,715-52%78-170$60$50,097,426920th Century Fox
7Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$3,614-69%35-24$103$4,163,55111Greenwich Entertainment
8The Peanut Butter Falcon$3,044-60%65-17$47$20,384,03515Roadside Attractions
9Housefull 4$2,988-71%25-60$120$2,101,3824FIP
10The Fighting Preacher$2,5792559%90$287$949,11917Purdie Distribution
11Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$2,239-67%29-9$77$140,921,82617Sony Pictures
12My Dear Liar$1,862-66%3-26$621$78,3622CMC
13The Kingmaker$1,770-61%86$221$43,4062Greenwich Entertainment
14Toy Story 4$1,481-86%70-19$21$433,988,46022Disney
15Overcomer$1,326-62%37-35$36$34,726,80713Sony Pictures
16Matthias & Maxime$724-61%8-7$91$358,4806
17Gift$646430%80$81$25,4986Matson Films
1816 Bars$499338%32$166$9,1952Lightyear Entertainment
19Desolation Center$426407%3--$142$31,65010Matson Films
20Greener Grass$39829%9-13$44$57,0375IFC Films / IFC Midnight
21Mr. Klein$374-86%2-1$187$172,46611Rialto Pictures
22Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$280-75%90$31$40,0124Matson Films
23White Snake$195-84%1--$195$2,9861GKIDS
24End of the Century$189-76%1-1$189$62,32514
25Immortal Hero$149-83%5--$30$40,7265Freestyle Releasing
26Cyrano, My Love$127-37%3-15$42$350,4465Roadside Attractions