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 Tue, Mar. 5 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$2,631,92047%4,28627$614$102,103,8605Universal / DreamWorks Animation
2Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$2,591,84453%2,442--$1,061$31,348,3981Lionsgate
3Alita: Battle Angel$983,25751%3,096-706$318$74,086,002320th Century Fox
4Green Book$674,55572%2,6411388$255$76,849,45616Universal Pictures
5Greta$582,52559%2,411--$242$5,430,7251Focus Features
6Fighting With My Family$577,17859%2,855144$202$15,856,0673MGM
7Isn't It Romantic$556,76158%3,325-119$167$41,077,0043Warner Bros.
8The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$555,51733%3,458-375$161$92,634,6196Warner Bros.
9What Men Want$400,27160%2,018-371$198$50,354,9914Paramount
10A Star is Born$278,53430%1,235490$226$213,375,91522Warner Bros.
11Cold Pursuit$254,68971%1,765-555$144$30,321,7614Lionsgate / Summit
12The Upside$253,36957%1,607-541$158$103,215,1078STX Entertainment
13Happy Death Day 2U$253,05040%2,331-881$109$25,656,9953Universal Pictures
14Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$225,65722%2,4041661$94$187,848,48412Sony / Columbia
15Run The Race$177,27376%1,075222$165$4,428,3942Roadside Attractions

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Apollo 11$228,58015%120--$1,905$2,034,3851Neon
2Bohemian Rhapsody$130,51641%839415$156$214,676,3741820th Century Fox
3The Favourite$112,78843%742454$152$33,397,57815Fox Searchlight
5Aquaman$61,40247%434-307$141$333,761,55012Warner Bros.
6Total Dhamaal$58,749122%2097$281$1,822,1102FIP
7Arctic$55,75456%26811$208$1,724,0735Bleecker Street
8The Prodigy$52,11925%533-798$98$14,470,3764Orion Pictures
9Everybody Knows$47,96529%209138$229$1,348,3314Focus Features
10They Shall Not Grow Old$44,93615%368-80$122$17,084,00311Warner Bros.
11Free Solo$39,18119%238148$165$17,027,80823National Geographic Entertainment
13Mary Poppins Returns$23,02431%24511$94$171,265,23411Disney
14A Dog's Way Home$22,93741%211-206$109$41,423,5978Sony Pictures
15Escape Room$22,63853%158-106$143$56,364,5739Sony Pictures
16Ralph Breaks the Internet$18,70023%204-202$92$200,221,95615Disney
17If Beale Street Could Talk$16,22436%126-1$129$14,671,41112Annapurna
18The Mule$15,99223%166-69$96$103,664,51012Warner Bros.
19Miss Bala$15,92962%146-369$109$14,896,4765Sony Pictures
20Cold War$14,70717%128-131$115$4,386,02011Amazon Studios
21Bumblebee$12,65822%157-71$81$127,173,82511Paramount Pictures
22The Kid Who Would Be King$4,09625%111-77$37$16,670,161620th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Sonchiriya$8,19492%70--$117$72,6401PackYourBag Films
3On The Basis Of Sex$7,180-28%96-33$75$24,605,00710Focus Features
4Birds of Passage$6,70920%3121$216$170,7863The Orchard
5Racetime$5,290141%3730$143$1,851,62713Entertainment One
6The Invisibles$2,35834%16-2$147$237,0736Greenwich Entertainment
7Can You Ever Forgive Me?$2,011-7%19-27$106$8,790,58220Fox Searchlight
8Uri: The Surgical Strike$1,74350%15-23$116$4,157,8548PackYourBag Films
9Cliffs of Freedom$1,57544%6--$263$19,0201
10The Wedding Guest$1,521-3%4--$380$21,3531IFC Films
11Destroyer$1,344155%1511$90$1,521,80810Annapurna Pictures
12Serenity$995102%15-7$66$8,542,1676Aviron Pictures
13Qué León (What A Lion)$849-92%10-45$85$2,591,61714Spanglish
14Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$766119%109$77$101,8046Entertainment One
15Hotel By The River$55395%20$277$18,1033Cinema Guild
16Creed II$528-24%25-14$21$115,703,75815MGM / Warner Bros
17This Magnificent Cake!$22512%1--$225$1,4171GKIDS
18Hale County This Morning, This Evening$138393%21$69$107,59425Cinema Guild
19The World Before Your Feet$590%2-4$30$251,05415Greenwich Entertainment