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 Thu, Apr. 4 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dumbo$2,087,758-12%4,259--$490$58,047,4891Walt Disney Pictures
2Us (2019)$2,023,655-13%3,7432$541$138,582,9952Universal Pictures
3Captain Marvel$1,579,962-8%3,985-293$396$361,451,5634Disney
4Unplanned$641,493-2%1,059--$606$9,267,5101Pure Flix
5Five Feet Apart$407,499-11%2,846-20$143$37,891,2523CBS Films
6Wonder Park$390,627-13%3,304-534$118$39,940,5133Paramount
7How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$310,160-15%2,785-562$111$154,707,2459Universal / DreamWorks Animation
8Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$162,657-23%1,923-264$85$70,948,8015Lionsgate
9The Beach Bum$128,629-30%1,100--$117$2,518,3301Neon
10Gloria Bell$102,374-20%1,127473$91$4,641,4914A24
11Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary Rerelease$1,430-42%1,040332$1$445,2182Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Mumbai$249,504-14%924920$270$4,641,1012Bleecker Street
2The Mustang$63,055-6%181143$348$1,274,6953Focus Features
3The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$50,926-15%801-588$64$104,908,72910Warner Bros.
4Apollo 11$48,632-13%354-232$137$7,884,4315Neon
5No Manches Frida 2$47,148-26%423-49$111$8,332,1273Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
6Alita: Battle Angel$35,337-40%676-763$52$85,146,502720th Century Fox
7The Aftermath$33,679-12%161135$209$728,5733Fox Searchlight
8The Upside$32,658-10%456-191$72$107,647,72612STX Entertainment
9Green Book$28,285-14%447-394$63$84,628,21120Universal Pictures
10Fighting With My Family$22,136-23%503-400$44$22,640,6327MGM
11Isn't It Romantic$21,144-30%460-458$46$48,222,1267Warner Bros.
12What Men Want$20,223-8%309-95$65$54,508,6598Paramount
13Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$15,512-8%218-60$71$190,241,31016Sony / Columbia
14Bohemian Rhapsody$11,168-7%101-73$111$216,141,2462220th Century Fox
15Aquaman$10,994-10%214-39$51$335,061,80716Warner Bros.
16Captive State$8,460-42%404-2145$21$5,958,3153Focus Features
18Run The Race$5,302-27%136-216$39$6,369,4756Roadside Attractions
19Cold Pursuit$4,933-42%142-82$35$31,982,3858Lionsgate / Summit
20Happy Death Day 2U$4,860-37%174-154$28$28,051,0457Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ash is Purest White$8,1797%4710$174$251,2273Cohen Media Group
2They Shall Not Grow Old$5,61555%58-28$97$17,730,69015Warner Bros.
3The Favourite$5,32338%44-20$121$34,220,61919Fox Searchlight
4Mary Poppins Returns$4,93010%84-50$59$171,930,08715Disney
5The Kid$4,440-26%77-90$58$1,473,9694Lionsgate
6Arctic$3,974-19%49-22$81$2,329,5069Bleecker Street
7Ralph Breaks the Internet$3,95313%92-53$43$201,061,42119Disney
8Escape Room$3,522-29%68--$52$56,811,21913Sony Pictures
9Everybody Knows$3,035-23%50-93$61$2,660,1658Focus Features
10Free Solo$2,80592%30-12$94$17,499,92327National Geographic Entertainment
12Faith, Hope & Love$2,36327%9-8$263$148,9383ArtAffects Entertainment
13Cold War$2,33848%171$138$4,580,04815Amazon Studios
14Diane$2,19315%3--$731$33,4061IFC Films
15The Wedding Guest$2,087-18%44-49$47$380,1305IFC Films
16A Star is Born$1,89741%55-109$34$215,288,86626Warner Bros.
17The Invisibles$1,85321%8-4$232$346,42110Greenwich Entertainment
18Greta$1,810-19%77-307$24$10,519,4255Focus Features
19If Beale Street Could Talk$1,6288%18-18$90$14,908,55016Annapurna
20Screwball$1,10134%13--$85$11,9431Greenwich Entertainment
21The Prodigy$822-25%25-45$33$14,852,5858Orion Pictures
22Christ Stopped at Eboli$699-52%1--$699$2,1630Rialto Pictures
24The Kid Who Would Be King$389-8%25-15$16$16,790,7901020th Century Fox
25Hotel By The River$258--10$258$22,5197Cinema Guild
26Cliffs of Freedom$185-35%2-5$93$66,1775
27The Wild Pear Tree$15378%10$153$28,9049Cinema Guild
28Racetime$2-100%133$0$1,874,56417Entertainment One