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, Oct. 25 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Joker$5,500,308128%3,936-154$1,397$264,183,8304Warner Bros.
2Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$4,914,583169%3,7900$1,297$51,789,7412Disney
3Zombieland: Double Tap$3,391,845107%3,4680$978$38,792,1182Sony Pictures
4Countdown$3,165,278--2,675--$1,183$3,165,2781STX Entertainment
5Black and Blue$3,056,269--2,062--$1,482$3,056,2691Sony / Screen Gems
6The Addams Family$2,830,396242%4,207105$673$63,926,0943United Artists Releasing
7Gemini Man$1,111,474100%3,008-634$370$40,453,8873Paramount Pictures
8The Current War$950,027--1,022--$930$950,0271101 Studios
9Downton Abbey$550,40548%1,658-600$332$90,857,0356Focus Features
10Abominable$485,610167%2,196-451$221$55,304,2055Universal Pictures
11Judy$345,54832%1,131-287$306$20,678,9245Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
12It Chapter Two$190,367111%1,101-427$173$210,264,5228Warner Bros
13Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$161,1092376%1,6741599$96$140,033,62714Sony Pictures
14Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$144,6601916%1,5671348$92$68,322,14712CBS Films / Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lighthouse$1,286,3894584%586578$2,195$1,866,8762A24
2Jesus is King$572,642--372--$1,539$572,6421IMAX
4Housefull 4$271,707--315--$863$271,7071FIP
5Hustlers$268,65470%914-661$294$102,973,5167STX Entertainment
6Western Stars$190,121--537--$354$630,1212Warner Bros.
7Ad Astra$81,79316%325-471$252$49,119,360620th Century Fox
8Rambo: Last Blood$54,22211%436-494$124$44,383,0086Lionsgate
9Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$39,71525%1470$270$3,670,5488Greenwich Entertainment
10Jexi$38,490-59%322-2010$120$6,358,4123Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
11The Lion King$38,38077%199-126$193$543,079,51315Walt Disney Pictures
12The Peanut Butter Falcon$36,86775%166-82$222$20,000,39812Roadside Attractions
13Angel Has Fallen$18,00758%148-20$122$68,956,14810Lionsgate
14Overcomer$15,38763%125-21$123$34,539,60210Sony Pictures
15Toy Story 4$15,097110%121-24$125$433,757,33719Disney
16Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$14,07594%114-73$123$173,746,66013Universal Pictures
17Good Boys$13,78596%113-77$122$83,023,89011Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jojo Rabbit$340,0311573%5550$6,182$799,4552Fox Searchlight
2One Piece: Stampede$32,001-92%29--$1,103$445,0161FUNimation Entertainment
3No Safe Spaces$22,378--1--$22,378$22,3781Atlas Distribution
4Matthias & Maxime$8,6393%41-12$211$276,8193
5The Angry Birds Movie 2$7,390124%86-22$86$41,551,65411Sony Pictures
6Official Secrets$6,364230%4511$141$1,937,6249IFC Films
7Brittany Runs A Marathon$6,24947%47-15$133$7,138,19310Amazon Studios
8Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$4,127--3--$1,376$4,1271Matson Films
9Greener Grass$3,221163%1715$189$16,7412IFC Films / IFC Midnight
10The Fighting Preacher$2,94754%13-1$227$911,85314Purdie Distribution
11Cyrano, My Love$2,765173%1815$154$313,2512Roadside Attractions
12The Sky Is Pink$2,456-78%11-84$223$647,5223Pack Your Bags Films
13Lucy In The Sky$2,186-70%35-196$62$310,1854Fox Searchlight
14The Farewell$2,184-56%15-6$146$17,684,29816A24
1647 Meters Down: Uncaged$1,92730%25-26$77$22,242,48611Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
17Immortal Hero$1,85567%9-3$206$27,8502Freestyle Releasing
18Out Of Liberty$1,73760%131$134$267,5457Purdie Distribution
20My People, My Country$1,340--3-38$447$2,323,4094CMC
21Mr. Klein$1,279-10%4-1$320$135,4518Rialto Pictures
23Gift$1,237--50$247$10,1903Matson Films
24Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$1,0323459%30$344$106,77828Zeitgeist Films
25Menteur$909133%8-3$114$4,679,80416Entertainment One
26Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace$803-20%0----$1,8031Passion River Films
27Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$631-70%7-8$90$541,18010Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
28End of the Century$448-26%3-3$149$50,10911
29I'm Leaving Now$205177%21$103$4,1738Cinema Guild
30Before You Know It$88-78%60$15$146,71391091
31Echo In the Canyon$72-14%10$72$3,354,96623Greenwich Entertainment