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 Mon, Oct. 28 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Joker$1,768,872-68%3,936-154$449$279,700,4294Warner Bros.
2Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$1,250,695-80%3,7900$330$67,495,7302Disney
3Zombieland: Double Tap$1,041,574-70%3,4680$300$48,259,3342Sony Pictures
4The Addams Family$713,776-82%4,207105$170$73,815,4813United Artists Releasing
5Black and Blue$708,229-66%2,062--$343$9,085,0751Sony / Screen Gems
6Countdown$557,055-74%2,675--$208$9,422,1371STX Entertainment
7Gemini Man$367,235-68%3,008-634$122$43,775,1503Paramount Pictures
8The Current War$239,755-64%1,022--$235$2,873,4721101 Studios
9Downton Abbey$219,535-65%1,658-600$132$92,475,7106Focus Features
10Judy$161,742-59%1,131-287$143$21,717,3265Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
11Abominable$115,850-83%2,196-451$53$57,019,6705Universal Pictures
12Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$70,703-53%1,6741599$42$140,499,06614Sony Pictures
13It Chapter Two$53,518-68%1,101-427$49$210,811,6258Warner Bros
14Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$39,853-69%1,5671348$25$68,751,47612CBS Films / Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Faustina: Love and Mercy$1,416,609--797--$1,777$1,416,6090Fathom Events
2Spirited Away (2019 Re-issue)$370,569-34%768--$483$932,3901Fathom Events
3The Lighthouse$339,138-56%586578$579$3,949,5842A24
5Housefull 4$107,660-55%315--$342$1,012,4681FIP
6Hustlers$80,139-63%914-661$88$103,641,9637STX Entertainment
7Western Stars$60,011-61%537--$112$1,060,2932Warner Bros.
8Jesus is King$50,000-61%372--$134$880,0001IMAX
9Ad Astra$26,491-63%325-471$82$49,340,384620th Century Fox
10Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$21,373-54%134-13$160$3,798,9478Greenwich Entertainment
11Rambo: Last Blood$19,567-68%436-494$45$44,555,8856Lionsgate
12Jexi$13,468-62%322-2010$42$6,463,1383Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
13The Lion King$12,037-72%199-126$60$543,199,75315Walt Disney Pictures
14The Peanut Butter Falcon$11,221-65%166-82$68$20,093,05012Roadside Attractions
15Angel Has Fallen$5,848-69%148-20$40$69,008,18410Lionsgate
16Overcomer$5,728-65%125-21$46$34,584,56510Sony Pictures
17Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$5,080-69%114-73$45$173,793,22513Universal Pictures
18Good Boys$4,895-69%113-77$43$83,067,16511Universal Pictures
19Toy Story 4$3,976-79%121-24$33$433,808,65019Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jojo Rabbit$94,026-70%5550$1,710$1,597,5202Fox Searchlight
2No Safe Spaces$4,292-59%1--$4,292$49,8401Atlas Distribution
3Matthias & Maxime$3,833-66%41-12$93$301,3483
4Official Secrets$3,670-46%4511$82$1,955,8919IFC Films
5Brittany Runs A Marathon$2,614-64%47-15$56$7,158,53010Amazon Studios
6The Perfect Race$2,550--2--$1,275$11,3102Five & Two Pictures
7The Fighting Preacher$2,359930%13-1$181$918,10014Purdie Distribution
9The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,883-84%86-22$22$41,579,91011Sony Pictures
10Greener Grass$1,280-57%1715$75$24,6042IFC Films / IFC Midnight
11Lucy In The Sky$1,235-37%35-196$35$316,2344Fox Searchlight
12The Farewell$1,138-22%15-6$76$17,690,09016A24
13Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$1,079-45%3--$360$13,4271Matson Films
14Cyrano, My Love$1,068-82%1815$59$325,2012Roadside Attractions
15My People, My Country$868--3-38$289$2,347,7774CMC
16Out Of Liberty$858173%131$66$270,6167Purdie Distribution
17Mr. Klein$724-69%4-1$181$141,1608Rialto Pictures
1947 Meters Down: Uncaged$613-80%25-26$25$22,250,59211Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20Immortal Hero$546-84%9-3$61$35,1172Freestyle Releasing
21Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$463-52%7-8$66$543,66810Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
23Gift$332-62%5--$66$12,0823Matson Films
24The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$288164%2--$144$150,89710Entertainment One
25Menteur$256-84%8-3$32$4,682,79616Entertainment One
26End of the Century$120-79%2-3$60$51,33211
27Before You Know It$70-58%3-3$23$147,23391091
28Echo In the Canyon$54-67%10$54$3,355,20023Greenwich Entertainment
29I'm Leaving Now$14-88%10$14$4,4578Cinema Guild