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 Tue, Oct. 29 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Joker$2,468,41440%3,936-154$627$282,168,8434Warner Bros.
2Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$2,167,14273%3,7900$572$69,662,8722Disney
3Zombieland: Double Tap$1,538,38948%3,4680$444$49,797,7232Sony Pictures
4Black and Blue$1,216,01872%2,062--$590$10,301,0931Sony / Screen Gems
5The Addams Family$1,098,43754%4,207105$261$74,913,9183United Artists Releasing
6Countdown$926,10066%2,675--$346$10,348,2371STX Entertainment
7Gemini Man$585,06259%3,008-634$195$44,360,2123Paramount Pictures
8The Current War$390,36663%1,022--$382$3,263,8381101 Studios
9Downton Abbey$308,04040%1,658-600$186$92,783,7506Focus Features
10Judy$249,06254%1,131-287$220$21,966,3885Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
11Abominable$156,42535%2,196-451$71$57,176,0955Universal Pictures
12Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$97,67338%1,6741599$58$140,596,73914Sony Pictures
13It Chapter Two$70,43732%1,101-427$64$210,882,0628Warner Bros
14Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$55,30439%1,5671348$35$68,806,78012CBS Films / Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lighthouse$413,59022%586578$706$4,363,1742A24
2Russ Taff: I Still Believe$334,983--693--$483$334,9830Fathom Events
3Luzia: Cirque du Soleil in Cinema$265,673--784--$339$265,6730Fathom Events
5Housefull 4$166,04654%315--$527$1,178,5141FIP
6Hustlers$126,59558%914-661$139$103,768,5587STX Entertainment
7Western Stars$80,10433%537--$149$1,140,3972Warner Bros.
8Pain and Glory$49,000--117--$419$1,702,7204Sony Pictures Classics
9Jesus is King$48,000-4%372--$129$928,0001IMAX
10Ad Astra$36,74539%325-471$113$49,377,129620th Century Fox
11Rambo: Last Blood$26,91338%436-494$62$44,582,7986Lionsgate
12Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$24,39814%134-13$182$3,823,3458Greenwich Entertainment
13The Peanut Butter Falcon$20,76685%166-82$125$20,113,81612Roadside Attractions
14Jexi$19,36244%322-2010$60$6,482,5003Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
15The Lion King$14,03517%199-126$71$543,213,78815Walt Disney Pictures
16Angel Has Fallen$8,27041%148-20$56$69,016,45410Lionsgate
17Overcomer$6,67817%125-21$53$34,591,24310Sony Pictures
18Good Boys$6,01523%113-77$53$83,073,18011Universal Pictures
19Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$5,81514%114-73$51$173,799,04013Universal Pictures
20Toy Story 4$4,54114%121-24$38$433,813,19119Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jojo Rabbit$104,98012%5550$1,909$1,702,5002Fox Searchlight
2Matthias & Maxime$6,24163%41-12$152$307,5893
3Brittany Runs A Marathon$3,89949%47-15$83$7,162,42910Amazon Studios
4Official Secrets$3,7262%4511$83$1,959,6179IFC Films
5No Safe Spaces$3,548-17%1--$3,548$53,3881Atlas Distribution
6The Fighting Preacher$1,847-22%13-1$142$919,94714Purdie Distribution
7Cyrano, My Love$1,81069%1815$101$327,0112Roadside Attractions
9The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,777-6%86-22$21$41,581,68711Sony Pictures
10The Farewell$1,50132%15-6$100$17,691,59116A24
11Lucy In The Sky$1,38712%35-196$40$317,6214Fox Searchlight
12My People, My Country$1,20539%3-38$402$2,348,9824CMC
13Mr. Klein$1,13256%4-1$283$142,2928Rialto Pictures
14Greener Grass$1,124-12%1715$66$25,7282IFC Films / IFC Midnight
16Immortal Hero$71030%9-3$79$35,8272Freestyle Releasing
17Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$668-38%3--$223$14,0951Matson Films
18Out Of Liberty$655-24%131$50$271,2717Purdie Distribution
1947 Meters Down: Uncaged$6242%25-26$25$22,251,21611Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20Menteur$48188%8-3$60$4,683,27716Entertainment One
21Gift$37312%5--$75$12,4553Matson Films
22Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$316-32%7-8$45$543,98410Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
24A Brother's Love$123--2-2$62$539,52421Entertainment One
25Before You Know It$8217%3-3$27$147,31591091
26End of the Century$72-40%2-3$36$51,40411
27I'm Leaving Now$2257%10$22$4,4798Cinema Guild