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 Sun, Apr. 7 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shazam!$13,629,723-30%4,217--$3,232$56,830,3261Warner Bros.
2Pet Sematary$5,555,223-38%3,585--$1,550$24,502,7751Paramount Pictures
3Dumbo$5,445,244-30%4,2590$1,279$76,261,4562Walt Disney Pictures
4Captain Marvel$3,624,072-32%3,573-412$1,014$373,883,3665Disney
5Us (2019)$3,478,620-41%3,512-231$990$152,381,5153Universal Pictures
6The Best of Enemies$1,121,627-34%1,705--$658$4,446,1901STX Entertainment
7Unplanned$1,059,145-10%1,516457$699$12,548,1552Pure Flix
8Five Feet Apart$823,084-48%2,484-362$331$41,471,4894CBS Films
9Wonder Park$650,116-32%2,281-1023$285$42,096,0424Paramount
10How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$602,470-31%1,928-857$312$156,700,47010Universal / DreamWorks Animation
11Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$267,214-51%1,101-822$243$72,090,9926Lionsgate
12The Beach Bum$136,382-30%1,055-45$129$3,005,4082Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Mumbai$503,892-32%9306$542$6,420,6673Bleecker Street
2The Mustang$227,280-29%350169$649$2,053,9104Focus Features
3No Manches Frida 2$157,613-3%275-148$573$8,736,7844Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
4Gloria Bell$96,805-39%642-485$151$5,007,4715A24
5The Aftermath$95,074-38%344183$276$1,088,6794Fox Searchlight
6The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$65,630-27%322-479$204$105,114,15011Warner Bros.
7The Public$60,430-25%263--$230$259,4551Greenwich Entertainment
8Apollo 11$59,891-27%187-167$320$8,080,6986Neon
9The Upside$45,741-46%274-182$167$107,839,88613STX Entertainment
10Alita: Battle Angel$44,937-44%311-365$144$85,316,378820th Century Fox
11Green Book$35,465-41%213-234$167$84,766,20621Universal Pictures
12Isn't It Romantic$32,007-70%216-244$148$48,429,5848Warner Bros.
13Cold Pursuit$19,818-34%118-24$168$32,050,7109Lionsgate / Summit
14They Shall Not Grow Old$19,0483%198140$96$17,778,18716Warner Bros.
15Fighting With My Family$18,826-49%207-296$91$22,725,8938MGM
16What Men Want$17,267-51%123-186$140$54,584,1099Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1High Life$24,513-22%4--$6,128$99,3411A24
2Amazing Grace$24,315-29%8--$3,039$199,4871Neon
3Ash is Purest White$16,031-28%39--$411$302,2564Cohen Media Group
4Diane$15,775-37%3330$478$90,9622IFC Films
5Escape Room$12,838-68%55-13$233$56,884,45714Sony Pictures
6Bohemian Rhapsody$11,460-48%58-43$198$216,191,2732320th Century Fox
7The Invisibles$9,946-5%146$710$372,86011Greenwich Entertainment
8Free Solo$8,3772%16-14$524$17,518,79828National Geographic Entertainment
9Play the Flute$7,787574%3--$2,596$113,90410
10Ralph Breaks the Internet$6,567-43%62-30$106$201,086,30520Disney
11The Hummingbird Project$6,126-12%71-161$86$348,6914The Orchard
12Mary Poppins Returns$4,680-55%52-32$90$171,952,47016Disney
13The Favourite$4,117-6%22-22$187$34,231,80920Fox Searchlight
14Peterloo$3,571-57%3--$1,190$26,0021Amazon Studios
15Faith, Hope & Love$3,429-1%8-1$429$159,3954ArtAffects Entertainment
16The Wind$3,286-33%30--$110$14,1381IFC Films
17Christ Stopped at Eboli$3,126-19%1--$3,126$11,1691Rialto Pictures
18The Kid$2,941-41%22-55$134$1,485,1065Lionsgate
19Birds of Passage$2,582-24%19-10$136$493,0198The Orchard
20Arctic$2,319-30%13-36$178$2,337,68710Bleecker Street
21The Wedding Guest$2,00624%7-37$287$385,2166IFC Films
22Run The Race$1,884-30%35-101$54$6,376,1457Roadside Attractions
23Cliffs of Freedom$1,01910%42$255$68,6416
25The Prodigy$880-28%0-25--$14,855,5059Orion Pictures
26Suburban Birds$558-55%1--$558$3,2071Cinema Guild
27If Beale Street Could Talk$413-79%9-9$46$14,912,29617Annapurna
29Hale County This Morning, This Evening$256--1--$256$109,98230Cinema Guild
30Screwball$205-17%2-11$103$12,7032Greenwich Entertainment
31This Magnificent Cake!$185-59%1-1$185$6,8496GKIDS
32Racetime$28-72%2-11$14$1,874,74218Entertainment One