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. 23 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen II$50,041,03119%4,440--$11,271$92,246,2931Disney
2Ford v. Ferrari$6,716,42549%3,5280$1,904$53,217,997220th Century Fox
3A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$5,140,28413%3,235--$1,589$9,685,6171Sony Pictures
421 Bridges$3,575,2057%2,665--$1,342$6,908,7181STX Entertainment
5Playing with Fire$2,076,46493%2,760-425$752$30,156,5073Paramount Pictures
7The Good Liar$1,412,84837%2,45415$576$10,833,0962Warner Bros.
8Charlie's Angels$1,383,71242%3,4520$401$13,121,6052Sony Pictures
9Last Christmas$1,300,14540%2,411-1043$539$26,982,1153Universal Pictures
10Joker$1,202,01757%1,410-927$852$326,081,8098Warner Bros.
11Harriet$991,45550%1,346-665$737$35,347,1704Focus Features
12Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$907,29290%1,605-944$565$108,307,7476Disney
13Doctor Sleep$781,74549%1,476-2379$530$28,223,6073Warner Bros.
14Terminator: Dark Fate$543,54474%1,022-1455$532$59,186,4074Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jojo Rabbit$688,98868%787-208$875$15,650,7036Fox Searchlight
3Zombieland: Double Tap$238,21158%455-952$524$71,390,6196Sony Pictures
4The Addams Family$218,083151%837-998$261$95,345,3497United Artists Releasing
5Black and Blue$144,91672%260-298$557$21,304,0495Sony / Screen Gems
6Countdown$129,66960%298-648$435$24,811,4615STX Entertainment
7The Lighthouse$74,11053%113-177$656$10,113,2136A24
8Abominable$65,91092%221-78$298$59,897,7159Universal Pictures
9Downton Abbey$52,02554%159-144$327$96,512,20010Focus Features
10Gemini Man$30,04778%108-68$278$48,400,4057Paramount Pictures
11Arctic Dogs$23,30960%195-161$120$5,572,7854Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12It Chapter Two$17,56091%105-27$167$211,531,72412Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Honey Boy$92,89312%4427$2,111$846,3823Amazon Studios
3Dark Waters$38,6741%4--$9,669$59,874,5031Focus Features
4Motherless Brooklyn$30,48562%86-525$354$9,089,4154Warner Bros.
5Hustlers$16,12154%75-43$215$104,862,46911STX Entertainment
6The Lion King$15,06985%87-29$173$543,591,29819Walt Disney Pictures
7Judy$13,79925%58-65$238$23,834,0329Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
8Ad Astra$13,21151%50-28$264$50,133,1051020th Century Fox
9No Safe Spaces$9,57357%24-31$399$426,2935Atlas Distribution
10Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$8,60259%25-4$344$140,943,59618Sony Pictures
11Toy Story 4$7,865164%48-22$164$434,004,84023Disney
12The Peanut Butter Falcon$7,09437%39-26$182$20,407,84716Roadside Attractions
13Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$6,28884%25-10$252$4,184,52012Greenwich Entertainment
14The Current War$5,66826%35-108$162$5,915,5165101 Studios
15Citizen K$4,77049%1--$4,770$7,9791Greenwich Entertainment
16My Dear Liar$4,37272%30$1,457$90,5453CMC
17Overcomer$2,80868%25-12$112$34,737,41814Sony Pictures
18The Kingmaker$2,79258%7-1$399$53,1893Greenwich Entertainment
19The Warrior Queen of Jhansi$1,443123%20-257$72$172,8672Roadside Attractions
20Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$1,297110%90$144$44,3375Matson Films
21Shooting the Mafia$1,11214%2--$556$2,0851Cohen Media Group
22Matthias & Maxime$1,0401%5-3$208$363,2227
23Mr. Klein$856--20$428$175,52512Rialto Pictures
24End of the Century$81359%21$407$64,00615
25The Fighting Preacher$69424%5-4$139$951,50418Purdie Distribution
26Immortal Hero$56062%50$112$41,8406Freestyle Releasing
27Gift$553109%91$61$27,7787Matson Films
2816 Bars$28058%41$70$9,8093Lightyear Entertainment
29Western Stars$65-69%12-132$5$1,578,2276Warner Bros.
30Desolation Center$48-29%1-2$48$31,76611Matson Films