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. 14 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shazam!$7,104,956-35%4,30689$1,650$94,226,5272Warner Bros.
2Little (2019)$3,826,225-38%2,667--$1,435$15,405,4551Universal Pictures
3Dumbo$2,970,654-29%3,706-553$802$90,163,7043Walt Disney Pictures
4Hellboy$2,849,657-33%3,303--$863$12,045,1471Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Marvel$2,531,575-35%2,975-598$851$386,525,1086Disney
6Pet Sematary$2,486,536-43%3,5850$694$40,866,8672Paramount Pictures
7Missing Link$1,765,098-31%3,413--$517$5,944,9501United Artists Releasing
8Us (2019)$1,677,540-45%2,768-744$606$163,362,7904Universal Pictures
9After (2019)$1,079,264-46%2,138--$505$6,002,3491Aviron Pictures
10Unplanned$534,890-24%1,402-114$382$15,794,2623Pure Flix
11The Best of Enemies$529,968-40%1,7050$311$8,115,6962STX Entertainment
12Five Feet Apart$359,704-47%1,473-1011$244$43,894,7915CBS Films
13Wonder Park$287,124-20%1,172-1109$245$43,524,8915Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$246,500-29%822-1106$300$157,968,66011Universal / DreamWorks Animation
2Hotel Mumbai$233,842-40%617-313$379$8,023,7884Bleecker Street
3The Mustang$213,510-36%527177$405$3,159,8555Focus Features
4Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$82,691-49%475-626$174$72,722,1457Lionsgate
5No Manches Frida 2$65,789-12%135-140$487$9,040,5145Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
6The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$61,514-37%272-50$226$105,360,11512Warner Bros.
7Mia and the White Lion$58,656-30%312--$188$192,8161Ledafilms Entertainment Group
8The Aftermath$44,821-39%234-110$192$1,433,8115Fox Searchlight
9Gloria Bell$41,772-35%168-474$249$5,339,9836A24
10Apollo 11$38,047-32%126-61$302$8,305,0397Neon
11The Upside$28,606-46%179-95$160$108,024,19514STX Entertainment
12Alita: Battle Angel$23,289-37%149-162$156$85,473,133920th Century Fox
13Green Book$20,260-39%139-74$146$84,919,33622Universal Pictures
14They Shall Not Grow Old$19,5621%192-6$102$17,856,72317Warner Bros.
15The Beach Bum$17,600-28%100-955$176$3,340,1193Neon
16Isn't It Romantic$12,891-71%108-108$119$48,560,4029Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 14 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amazing Grace$94,076-31%5850$1,622$589,0382Neon
2High Life$36,205-48%3228$1,131$316,3452A24
3Diane$20,558-32%6431$321$187,8653IFC Films
4The Public$17,128-30%97-166$177$428,9142Greenwich Entertainment
5Mary Magdalene$14,338-27%62--$231$46,6461IFC Films
6Teen Spirit$12,124-12%4--$3,031$43,6201LD Entertainment / Bleecker Street
7Cold Pursuit$9,936-46%92-26$108$32,121,86710Lionsgate / Summit
8Fighting With My Family$9,008-44%94-113$96$22,797,5439MGM
9Peterloo$8,458-43%3229$264$64,5792Amazon Studios
10Bohemian Rhapsody$7,374-44%31-27$238$216,245,6122420th Century Fox
11Ash is Purest White$6,703-44%24-15$279$352,6405Cohen Media Group
12Run The Race$6,24242%25-10$250$6,395,6938Roadside Attractions
13Wild Nights with Emily$5,844-47%3--$1,948$30,2091Greenwich Entertainment
14Escape Room$5,526-85%44-11$126$56,958,21515Sony Pictures
15The Kid$4,0291%4927$82$1,501,7886Lionsgate
16Free Solo$3,270-17%11-5$297$17,532,75929National Geographic Entertainment
17Christ Stopped at Eboli$2,631-10%10$2,631$26,8622Rialto Pictures
18The Invisibles$2,477-24%10-4$248$388,46912Greenwich Entertainment
19Girls of the Sun$2,295-24%7--$328$7,8011Cohen Media Group
20Faith, Hope & Love$2,112-39%7-1$302$176,8455ArtAffects Entertainment
21The Hummingbird Project$1,468-32%19-52$77$366,9345The Orchard
22The Wind$1,299-24%18-12$72$26,3032IFC Films
23Arctic$874-62%11-2$79$2,348,73011Bleecker Street
24Birds of Passage$7987%9-10$89$501,1269The Orchard
25Cliffs of Freedom$47116%2-2$236$71,6097
26Suburban Birds$116-58%10$116$4,6062Cinema Guild