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 Sun, Oct. 27 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$6,184,545-25%3,7900$1,632$66,245,0352Disney
2Joker$5,561,586-32%3,936-154$1,413$277,931,5574Warner Bros.
3The Addams Family$3,950,624-24%4,207105$939$73,101,7053United Artists Releasing
4Zombieland: Double Tap$3,417,348-32%3,4680$985$47,217,7602Sony Pictures
5Countdown$2,139,041-40%2,675--$800$8,865,0821STX Entertainment
6Black and Blue$2,079,047-36%2,062--$1,008$8,376,8461Sony / Screen Gems
7Gemini Man$1,151,179-36%3,008-634$383$43,407,9153Paramount Pictures
8Abominable$689,575-24%2,196-451$314$56,903,8205Universal Pictures
9The Current War$662,395-35%1,022--$648$2,633,7171101 Studios
10Downton Abbey$635,150-17%1,658-600$383$92,256,1756Focus Features
11Judy$393,547-19%1,131-287$348$21,555,5845Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
12It Chapter Two$169,074-48%1,101-427$154$210,758,1078Warner Bros
13Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$149,625-39%1,6741599$89$140,428,36314Sony Pictures
14Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$130,387-50%1,5671348$83$68,711,62312CBS Films / Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lighthouse$779,129-19%586578$1,330$3,610,4462A24
2Spirited Away (2019 Re-issue)$561,821--765--$734$561,8211Fathom Events
4Housefull 4$236,653-40%315--$751$904,8081FIP
5Hustlers$215,091-42%914-661$235$103,561,8247STX Entertainment
6Western Stars$155,033-28%537--$289$1,000,2822Warner Bros.
7Jesus is King$128,274-17%372--$345$856,2721IMAX
8Ad Astra$71,612-42%325-471$220$49,313,893620th Century Fox
9Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$46,538-23%1470$317$3,777,5748Greenwich Entertainment
10The Lion King$42,752-35%199-126$215$543,187,71615Walt Disney Pictures
11Jexi$35,436-37%322-2010$110$6,449,6703Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
12The Peanut Butter Falcon$32,183-35%166-82$194$20,081,82912Roadside Attractions
13Toy Story 4$19,370-31%121-24$160$433,804,67419Disney
14Angel Has Fallen$18,622-32%148-20$126$69,002,33610Lionsgate
15Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$16,625-33%114-73$146$173,788,14513Universal Pictures
16Overcomer$16,408-28%125-21$131$34,578,83710Sony Pictures
17Good Boys$15,720-31%113-77$139$83,062,27011Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jojo Rabbit$317,277-18%5550$5,769$1,503,4942Fox Searchlight
2Rambo: Last Blood$61,212-34%0-930--$44,536,3186Lionsgate
3The Angry Birds Movie 2$12,058-16%86-22$140$41,578,02711Sony Pictures
4Matthias & Maxime$11,33721%41-12$277$297,5153
5No Safe Spaces$10,504-17%1--$10,504$45,5481Atlas Distribution
6Brittany Runs A Marathon$7,216-31%47-15$154$7,155,91610Amazon Studios
7Official Secrets$6,789-13%4511$151$1,952,2219IFC Films
8One Piece: Stampede$5,872-98%10--$587$770,7551FUNimation Entertainment
9Cyrano, My Love$5,83516%1815$324$324,1332Roadside Attractions
10Immortal Hero$3,3620%9-3$374$34,5712Freestyle Releasing
1147 Meters Down: Uncaged$3,056-31%25-26$122$22,249,97911Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12Greener Grass$3,011-16%1715$177$23,3242IFC Films / IFC Midnight
14Mr. Klein$2,333-12%4-1$583$140,4368Rialto Pictures
15The Sky Is Pink$1,986-36%11-84$181$652,5923Pack Your Bags Films
16Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$1,963-69%3--$654$12,3481Matson Films
17Lucy In The Sky$1,946-32%35-196$56$314,9994Fox Searchlight
18Menteur$1,57335%8-3$197$4,682,54016Entertainment One
19The Farewell$1,466-54%15-6$98$17,688,95216A24
22Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$956-11%7-8$137$543,20510Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
23Gift$88230%50$176$11,7503Matson Films
24End of the Century$5655%3-2$188$51,21211
25Out Of Liberty$314-83%131$24$269,7587Purdie Distribution
26A Brother's Love$289--2-2$145$539,40121Entertainment One
27The Fighting Preacher$229-94%13-1$18$915,74114Purdie Distribution
28Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$183--3--$61$106,96128Zeitgeist Films
29Before You Know It$167-41%60$28$147,16391091
30Echo In the Canyon$162800%10$162$3,355,14623Greenwich Entertainment
31I'm Leaving Now$120-20%21$60$4,4438Cinema Guild
32The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$109--2--$55$150,60910Entertainment One