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 Fri, Sep. 27 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Abominable$5,654,440--4,242--$1,333$5,654,4401Universal Pictures
2Downton Abbey$4,386,41066%3,390311$1,294$48,396,2602Focus Features
3Hustlers$3,690,553153%3,508-17$1,052$72,855,2643STX Entertainment
4Ad Astra$2,971,452139%3,4600$859$28,354,052220th Century Fox
5It Chapter Two$2,833,953199%3,611-545$785$186,355,0024Warner Bros
6Rambo: Last Blood$2,359,093125%3,6180$652$26,934,9032Lionsgate
7Good Boys$608,075197%1,503-522$405$78,977,9307Universal Pictures
8Angel Has Fallen$446,905123%1,652-853$271$66,095,9386Lionsgate
9The Lion King$382,829162%1,691-287$226$538,805,49111Walt Disney Pictures
10Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$319,525238%1,100-291$290$171,375,9909Universal Pictures
11Overcomer$249,57676%1,206-612$207$32,489,6256Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Judy$900,327--461--$1,953$900,3271Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
2The Peanut Butter Falcon$252,732142%935-193$270$17,473,4608Roadside Attractions
3Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$217,270327%759-173$286$66,244,2758CBS Films / Lionsgate
4Brittany Runs A Marathon$190,13194%917-116$207$5,886,7306Amazon Studios
5Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$159,048117%415-130$383$138,644,19810Sony Pictures
6Dora and the Lost City of Gold$149,141181%761-183$196$58,864,5478Paramount Pictures
7Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$106,08973%24729$430$1,986,4934Greenwich Entertainment
8The Angry Birds Movie 2$77,359215%511-219$151$40,800,6427Sony Pictures
9Spider-Man: Far from Home$68,127186%394-13$173$389,931,09013Sony / Columbia
10Toy Story 4$47,098178%243-48$194$432,877,89815Disney
11The Goldfinch$42,531-53%442-2100$96$5,019,6563Warner Bros.
12Ready or Not$42,193144%201-100$210$28,409,1536Fox Searchlight
13Official Secrets$40,54619%260-217$156$1,578,7085IFC Films
1447 Meters Down: Uncaged$32,787324%25711$128$21,878,6727Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15The Art of Racing in the Rain$22,347100%149-82$150$26,114,713820th Century Fox
17Blinded by the Light$11,30367%124-19$91$11,811,9727Warner Bros
18The Zoya Factor$5,46143%1000$55$110,7302FIP

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
4The Farewell$20,49342%75-51$273$17,435,16012A24
5The Death of Dick Long$11,614--30--$387$11,6141A24
6Tod@s Caen$9,31066%60-8$155$2,624,9445Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Out Of Liberty$8,679141%27-7$321$175,5573Purdie Distribution
9The Fighting Preacher$6,097172%19-4$321$821,36310Purdie Distribution
10Menteur$5,90826%36-9$164$4,627,91512Entertainment One
11Annabelle Comes Home$5,184147%34-29$152$74,129,83114Warner Bros.
13The Day Shall Come$5,073--30--$169$5,0731IFC Films
14The Kitchen$3,96228%46-37$86$12,163,4238Warner Bros.
15Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$3,481-40%47-27$74$9,166,9867United Artists Releasing
16Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$3,039-39%26-23$117$500,8406Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
17Loro$2,921154%54$584$12,3282IFC Films
18Men in Black: International$2,135239%23-15$93$79,847,55716Sony / Columbia
19Before You Know It$2,036136%191$107$125,73851091
20The Sound of Silence$1,596452%3125$51$13,4593IFC Films
21Tel Aviv on Fire$1,56617%4-2$392$470,6409Cohen Media Group
22Britt-Marie Was Here$1,28184%85$160$8,1942Cohen Media Group
23Série noire$1,208--1--$1,208$1,2081Rialto Pictures
24End of the Century$777--5--$155$30,0307
25Chasing Einstein$65124%30$217$20,4813Atlas Distribution
26The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$53883%40$135$1,799,97614ArtAffects Entertainment
27Echo In the Canyon$39834%4-3$100$3,346,17219Greenwich Entertainment
28Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$3302438%32$110$32,6337GKIDS
29The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$226-72%2-3$113$146,6236Entertainment One
30A Brother's Love$80-62%115$7$532,08617Entertainment One