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 Tue, Nov. 19 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ford v. Ferrari$3,721,31458%3,528--$1,055$37,556,493120th Century Fox
3The Good Liar$1,014,76173%2,439--$416$7,206,3841Warner Bros.
4Charlie's Angels$950,51378%3,452--$275$9,836,8491Sony Pictures
5Last Christmas$920,01597%3,4546$266$23,756,2802Universal Pictures
6Doctor Sleep$749,84256%3,8550$195$26,097,0382Warner Bros.
7Harriet$724,56080%2,011-175$360$32,820,3103Focus Features
8Playing with Fire$717,041118%3,18560$225$26,326,0792Paramount Pictures
9Joker$609,98643%2,337-469$261$323,339,6417Warner Bros.
10Terminator: Dark Fate$564,19467%2,477-1609$228$57,737,8143Paramount
11Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$481,79378%2,549-652$189$106,446,3395Disney
12Zombieland: Double Tap$245,28549%1,407-1020$174$70,725,9365Sony Pictures
13The Addams Family$123,47957%1,835-839$67$94,897,8436United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jojo Rabbit$336,64847%995197$338$14,105,7555Fox Searchlight
3Black and Blue$124,99666%558-571$224$20,953,9154Sony / Screen Gems
4Countdown$106,56370%946-883$113$24,500,6454STX Entertainment
5Motherless Brooklyn$77,26554%611-731$126$8,942,9903Warner Bros.
6The Lighthouse$61,02125%290-393$210$9,894,3955A24
7Downton Abbey$40,32532%303-171$133$96,354,3509Focus Features
8Abominable$20,01052%299-107$67$59,770,2058Universal Pictures
9The Warrior Queen of Jhansi$19,89750%277--$72$145,5571Roadside Attractions
10Judy$18,97719%123-123$154$23,768,1678Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
11Gemini Man$14,65060%176-304$83$48,335,1706Paramount Pictures
12Hustlers$11,68930%118-61$99$104,818,99210STX Entertainment
13The Current War$8,78175%143-260$61$5,892,8794101 Studios
14Arctic Dogs$7,98143%356-1964$22$5,516,3443Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15It Chapter Two$5,12918%1326$39$211,495,73211Warner Bros
16The Lion King$3,3959%116-19$29$543,561,08818Walt Disney Pictures
17Western Stars$1,291-4%144-67$9$1,574,8455Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Honey Boy$23,71416%1713$1,395$621,5972Amazon Studios
2No Safe Spaces$14,86826%5517$270$388,3804Atlas Distribution
4Rambo: Last Blood$6,11122%8426$73$44,808,4279Lionsgate
5Ad Astra$5,17710%78-170$66$50,102,603920th Century Fox
6The Peanut Butter Falcon$4,35743%65-17$67$20,388,39215Roadside Attractions
7Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$3,96210%35-24$113$4,167,51311Greenwich Entertainment
8Housefull 4$3,94732%25-60$158$2,105,3294FIP
9Overcomer$3,831189%37-35$104$34,730,63813Sony Pictures
10My Dear Liar$3,13969%3-26$1,046$81,5012CMC
11Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$2,81826%29-9$97$140,924,64417Sony Pictures
12Millennium Actress (2019 Re-release)$2,656--1--$2,656$223,94514Fathom Events
13The Kingmaker$1,755-1%86$219$45,1612Greenwich Entertainment
14Toy Story 4$1,69114%70-19$24$433,990,15122Disney
15Matthias & Maxime$1,15259%8-7$144$359,6326
16Mr. Klein$52841%2-1$264$172,99411Rialto Pictures
17Gift$459-29%80$57$25,9576Matson Films
18Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$41046%90$46$40,4224Matson Films
19The Fighting Preacher$351-86%90$39$949,47017Purdie Distribution
20Out Of Liberty$316-98%5853$5$305,35210Purdie Distribution
21White Snake$171-12%1--$171$3,1571GKIDS
22End of the Century$107-43%1-1$107$62,43214
23Cyrano, My Love$97-24%3-15$32$350,5435Roadside Attractions
24Immortal Hero$67-55%5--$13$40,7935Freestyle Releasing
25Official Secrets$53--3-12$18$1,993,81212IFC Films
26Greener Grass$35-91%9-13$4$57,0725IFC Films / IFC Midnight
27Before You Know It$20--32$7$151,479121091