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 Fri, Mar. 6 2020

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 6 2020LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Invisible Man$4,320,360139%3,6100$1,197$41,863,9302Universal Pictures
3The Way Back$2,617,147--2,718--$963$2,617,1471Warner Bros.
4The Call Of The Wild$1,851,154119%3,91449$473$52,334,892320th Century Studios
5Sonic The Hedgehog$1,795,571122%3,717-460$483$134,613,7234Paramount
6Emma.$1,681,8601679%1,5651468$1,075$3,573,9253Focus Features
7Bad Boys For Life$791,594132%2,159-549$367$199,769,6978Sony / Columbia
8Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)$579,44179%2,173-951$267$80,980,0235Warner Bros.
9Impractical Jokers: The Movie$500,000163%1,775-125$282$8,852,0913truTV
101917$360,30559%1,535-697$235$157,284,39911Universal Pictures
11Brahms: The Boy II$344,067121%1,355-796$254$10,875,9213STX Entertainment
12Jumanji: The Next Level$336,904113%1,403-408$240$314,868,49813Sony Pictures
13Fantasy Island$252,11440%1,362-1362$185$25,183,0114Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 6 2020LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising$362,19125%695-565$521$11,557,5982FUNimation Entertainment
3Baaghi 3$154,415--265--$583$154,4151FIP
4Portrait of a Lady on Fire$153,58978%33466$460$2,975,87014NEON
5The Gentlemen$102,7472%492-981$209$35,746,9307STX Entertainment
7The Photograph$93,33025%382-1067$244$20,107,3804Universal Pictures
8Knives Out$83,73584%401-269$209$164,946,18015Lionsgate
9Las PĂ­ldoras De Mi Novio$60,88867%280-70$217$2,609,2933Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
10Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker$51,37665%269-124$191$514,881,18912Disney
11Little Women$46,28423%263-169$176$107,853,36911Sony Pictures
12Frozen II$31,65529%229-115$138$477,160,03516Disney
13Spies in Disguise$30,826103%187-58$165$66,541,5401120th Century Fox
14Just Mercy$25,89322%211-89$123$35,847,18511Warner Bros.
15Jojo Rabbit$21,3061%159-148$134$33,246,69421Fox Searchlight
16Ordinary Love$16,60461%12555$133$232,7704
17Seberg$7,271-72%213-160$34$395,1933Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 6 2020LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1First Cow$28,030--4--$7,008$28,0301A24
2Mafia Inc.$26,83978%55-10$488$804,7924Entertainment One
314 Days, 12 Nights$20,793--19--$1,094$20,7931Entertainment One
4Wendy$16,3432068%6965$237$46,3222Fox Searchlight
5The Lodge$15,024-51%96-299$157$1,616,9115Neon
6Hope Gap$11,741--18--$652$11,7411Roadside Attractions
7Ford v. Ferrari$11,173-10%95-58$118$117,561,5241720th Century Fox
8Burden$10,654526%3126$344$38,6922101 Studios
9Gretel & Hansel$8,59615%77-130$112$15,292,5416United Artists Releasing
10The Assistant$8,113-43%55-100$148$1,058,4916Bleecker Street
11The Booksellers$5,648--1--$5,648$5,6481Greenwich Entertainment
12Swallow$5,454--3--$1,818$5,4541IFC Films
13Underwater$5,25014%50-28$105$17,265,134920th Century Fox
14Downhill$4,698-78%69-608$68$8,260,0044Fox Searchlight
15The Last Full Measure$4,030-2%48-13$84$2,921,3557Roadside Attractions
16A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood$3,799--41-33$93$61,687,04216Sony Pictures
17Uncut Gems$2,135-41%33-28$65$50,007,01413A24
18The Times of Bill Cunningham$2,05347%177$121$112,7564Greenwich Entertainment
19Weathering With You$1,57653%10-5$158$7,789,1088GKIDS
20Judy$1,48572%10-9$149$24,313,77924Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
21Incitement$976-13%9-7$108$131,7956Greenwich Entertainment
22I Was at Home, But...$23024%2-3$115$13,2594Cinema Guild
23First Lady$227-27%10$227$91,5504ArtAffects Entertainment
24Premature$140-84%10-19$14$22,2453IFC Films / Sundance Selects
25Ride Your Wave$127-33%2-7$64$331,5643GKIDS