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 Sat, Sep. 21 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Downton Abbey$9,564,725-31%3,079--$3,106$23,393,7001Focus Features
2It Chapter Two$7,703,68959%4,156-414$1,854$174,464,6133Warner Bros
3Ad Astra$7,372,0433%3,460--$2,131$14,520,668120th Century Fox
4Hustlers$7,014,90829%3,525289$1,990$57,990,6412STX Entertainment
5Rambo: Last Blood$6,966,288-3%3,618--$1,925$14,136,7271Lionsgate
6The Lion King$1,268,743113%1,978-387$641$536,884,38710Walt Disney Pictures
7Good Boys$1,173,92559%2,025-711$580$76,706,3506Universal Pictures
8Angel Has Fallen$1,123,27366%2,505-571$448$64,088,1565Lionsgate
9Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$703,10597%1,391-659$505$170,213,1408Universal Pictures
10Overcomer$645,20859%1,818-475$355$31,118,3465Sony Pictures
11The Peanut Butter Falcon$448,85058%1,128-362$398$16,476,3667Roadside Attractions
12Brittany Runs A Marathon$416,63753%1,033276$403$4,987,5675Amazon Studios
13The Goldfinch$314,81444%2,5420$124$4,314,0732Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dora and the Lost City of Gold$592,039136%944-404$627$57,987,1237Paramount Pictures
2Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$476,11892%932-562$511$65,553,5597CBS Films / Lionsgate
3The Angry Birds Movie 2$333,215150%730-454$456$40,307,2236Sony Pictures
4Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$290,08760%545-412$532$137,985,0029Sony Pictures
5Spider-Man: Far from Home$176,76192%407-303$434$389,644,64212Sony / Columbia
6Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$174,46047%218-2$800$1,506,9963Greenwich Entertainment
7Toy Story 4$136,359109%291-119$469$432,664,69614Disney
8Official Secrets$113,27766%477146$237$1,326,0354IFC Films
9Ready or Not$101,04661%301-794$336$28,224,4995Fox Searchlight
1047 Meters Down: Uncaged$85,956113%246-291$349$21,756,4996Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12The Art of Racing in the Rain$57,89962%231-242$251$26,013,576720th Century Fox
13The Farewell$51,25458%126-103$407$17,317,18311A24
14The Zoya Factor$34,68841%100--$347$59,3351FIP
15Blinded by the Light$23,14382%143-122$162$11,765,7006Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Annabelle Comes Home$37,40565%63-81$594$74,109,03613Warner Bros.
4Don't Let Go$32,36181%87-326$372$5,102,1314OTL Releasing
5Tod@s Caen$28,49464%68-143$419$2,556,8394Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Kitchen$14,10757%83-27$170$12,141,2437Warner Bros.
9Out Of Liberty$13,403-9%34-1$394$140,1212Purdie Distribution
10Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$12,81596%49-28$262$470,0905Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
12Menteur$10,52936%45-6$234$4,600,08511Entertainment One
13Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$10,52159%74-118$142$9,134,7366United Artists Releasing
14The Fighting Preacher$7,9405%23-2$345$798,7219Purdie Distribution
15Men in Black: International$7,91777%38-12$208$79,839,23815Sony / Columbia
16Brian Banks$7,639126%47-21$163$4,365,8107Bleecker Street
18Before You Know It$2,60431%18-10$145$117,68241091
19The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$2,31338%4-7$578$1,781,84013ArtAffects Entertainment
20Loro$2,08324%1--$2,083$3,7591IFC Films
21Britt-Marie Was Here$2,021134%3--$674$2,8851Cohen Media Group
22Mission Mangal$1,48812%13-30$114$3,656,6946FIP
23Desolation Center$1,459-37%52$292$11,0032Matson Films
24Chasing Einstein$1,338-48%3-1$446$16,9712Atlas Distribution
25The Sound of Silence$848261%64$141$9,1602IFC Films
26The Nightingale (2019)$724-34%10-5$72$399,9538IFC Films
27The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$701-20%5-6$140$143,8495Entertainment One
28Echo In the Canyon$597-25%7-3$85$3,343,88218Greenwich Entertainment
29A Brother's Love$55589%6-3$93$530,25516Entertainment One
30Free Trip To Egypt$52174%2-2$261$46,70017Matson Films
31Christ Stopped at Eboli$466--1--$466$73,20725Rialto Pictures
32I'm Leaving Now$265--10$265$2,1903Cinema Guild
33Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$21997%31$73$589,91111Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
34Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$14558%1-4$145$32,1386GKIDS
35Rapid Response$117-40%1-9$117$13,0003Atlas Distribution