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. 12 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Marvel$14,641,11933%4,310--$3,397$179,061,3151Disney
2How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$2,238,78059%4,042-244$554$123,301,4206Universal / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$1,620,37853%2,4420$664$48,974,3702Lionsgate
4The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$661,13252%2,930-528$226$98,250,0577Warner Bros.
5Alita: Battle Angel$543,51864%2,374-722$229$79,236,283420th Century Fox
6Green Book$422,68564%2,097-544$202$80,843,09617Universal Pictures
7Fighting With My Family$402,55469%2,455-400$164$19,293,4874MGM
8Greta$382,27057%2,4176$158$8,905,6252Focus Features
9Isn't It Romantic$371,34151%2,223-1102$167$44,622,7464Warner Bros.
10What Men Want$224,53749%1,062-956$211$52,415,2025Paramount
11The Upside$179,84259%1,010-597$178$104,840,9649STX Entertainment
12Happy Death Day 2U$127,22037%1,098-1233$116$27,017,5504Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Apollo 11$171,67134%405285$424$4,030,6672Neon
2Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$113,21840%824-1580$137$188,985,02013Sony / Columbia
3Run The Race$110,85955%753-322$147$5,432,3033Roadside Attractions
4Cold Pursuit$97,26266%823-942$118$31,269,8825Lionsgate / Summit
5A Star is Born$95,79831%810-425$118$214,697,40023Warner Bros.
6The Kid$92,99757%268--$347$666,5881Lionsgate
7Bohemian Rhapsody$69,06945%386-453$179$215,353,0531920th Century Fox
9Everybody Knows$51,81526%28374$183$1,966,4865Focus Features
10The Favourite$37,98326%278-464$137$33,877,61516Fox Searchlight
11Ralph Breaks the Internet$33,44134%2095$160$200,569,88716Disney
12Total Dhamaal$32,665143%118-91$277$2,066,8133FIP
13Arctic$31,40148%208-60$151$2,036,0566Bleecker Street
14Aquaman$30,04828%303-131$99$334,089,78513Warner Bros.
15Mary Poppins Returns$26,64627%215-30$124$171,524,86712Disney
16A Dog's Way Home$26,00930%194-17$134$41,648,5949Sony Pictures
17They Shall Not Grow Old$23,40818%213-155$110$17,397,56812Warner Bros.
18The Prodigy$20,99829%152-381$138$14,684,3335Orion Pictures
19Free Solo$15,15811%119-119$127$17,264,70724National Geographic Entertainment
20Escape Room$13,63225%110-48$124$56,506,26610Sony Pictures
21The Mule$12,72234%121-45$105$103,785,23313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Badla$99,90893%94--$1,063$748,1261Reliance Entertainment
3Gloria Bell$11,7744%5--$2,355$168,3391A24
4If Beale Street Could Talk$11,57569%74-52$156$14,787,44113Annapurna
6Miss Bala$8,72766%64-82$136$14,967,0076Sony Pictures
7The Kid Who Would Be King$8,1343%95-16$86$16,728,321720th Century Fox
8Birds of Passage$7,81710%5019$156$259,9494The Orchard
9Play the Flute$7,320-30%4--$1,830$94,2116
10The Wedding Guest$7,31440%3127$236$102,1142IFC Films
11Cold War$6,963-6%60-68$116$4,491,42712Amazon Studios
12The Invisibles$2,7375%160$171$271,5677Greenwich Entertainment
13Cliffs of Freedom$1,667114%93$185$36,6122
14An Elephant Sitting Still$1,037-35%1--$1,037$13,4871KimStim
15Uri: The Surgical Strike$1,02824%9-6$114$4,174,9999PackYourBag Films
16Can You Ever Forgive Me?$973-41%9-10$108$8,802,05321Fox Searchlight
17Qué León (What A Lion)$915-6%5-5$183$2,606,28515Spanglish
18Creed II$712-16%20-5$36$115,711,57016MGM / Warner Bros
19Destroyer$529135%8-7$66$1,527,85311Annapurna Pictures
20Hotel By The River$389109%31$130$20,4974Cinema Guild
21Ferrante Fever$343-7%1--$343$4,2191Greenwich Entertainment
22The World Before Your Feet$221216%20$111$253,63916Greenwich Entertainment
23Racetime$21557%18-19$12$1,861,61814Entertainment One
24The Wild Pear Tree$158193%2--$79$25,9516Cinema Guild
25Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$39-64%6-4$7$104,7077Entertainment One
26Hale County This Morning, This Evening$37--1-1$37$108,41726Cinema Guild