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, Nov. 12 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Doctor Sleep$1,457,633-10%3,855--$378$17,195,8401Warner Bros.
3Last Christmas$1,353,105-8%3,448--$392$14,268,3001Universal Pictures
4Terminator: Dark Fate$1,186,809-22%4,0860$290$51,164,7552Paramount
5Playing with Fire$994,769-57%3,125--$318$16,005,9841Paramount Pictures
6Harriet$985,920-23%2,186127$451$25,902,3852Focus Features
7Joker$904,313-31%2,806-713$322$315,735,6356Warner Bros.
8Maleficent: Mistress of Evil$732,518-53%3,201-619$229$100,012,1274Disney
9Zombieland: Double Tap$481,248-25%2,427-910$198$67,763,1124Sony Pictures
10Motherless Brooklyn$310,1881%1,3420$231$7,944,2342Warner Bros.
11The Addams Family$264,907-72%2,674-933$99$92,647,1275United Artists Releasing
12Black and Blue$227,917-21%1,129-933$202$19,573,9193Sony / Screen Gems
13Countdown$225,104-39%1,829-846$123$22,910,0513STX Entertainment
14Arctic Dogs$72,193-76%2,320-524$31$5,210,0382Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1KonoSuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!: Legend of Crimson$705,140--692--$1,019$705,1400Fathom Events
2Jojo Rabbit$427,081-32%798542$535$10,184,3184Fox Searchlight
3Everybody’s Everything$321,176--121--$2,654$321,1760Gunpowder & Sky
5The Lighthouse$123,924-17%683-295$181$9,188,0644A24
6Downton Abbey$71,595-32%474-438$151$95,850,0758Focus Features
7The Godfather: Part II 45th Anniversary (1974) presented by TCM$50,386--681--$74$221,8031Fathom Events
8Pain and Glory$44,000-24%266--$165$2,793,6426Sony Pictures Classics
9Gemini Man$42,469-33%480-1392$88$48,135,9385Paramount Pictures
10Judy$34,813-17%246-358$142$23,566,5547Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
11The Current War$33,557-13%403-679$83$5,791,7873101 Studios
12Abominable$33,150-70%406-731$82$59,357,5107Universal Pictures
13Ad Astra$24,542-16%248111$99$50,005,312820th Century Fox
14Hustlers$20,008-17%179-229$112$104,690,0849STX Entertainment
15The Lion King$5,560-65%135-23$41$543,486,89417Walt Disney Pictures
16It Chapter Two$5,111-37%126-250$41$211,419,65610Warner Bros
17Western Stars$4,902-25%211-342$23$1,552,7764Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 12 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Honey Boy$16,088-33%4--$4,022$341,1991Amazon Studios
2Housefull 4$14,791-28%85-230$174$2,049,6443FIP
3No Safe Spaces$9,384-19%3827$247$228,6283Atlas Distribution
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$7,433-35%59-35$126$4,102,95710Greenwich Entertainment
5My Dear Liar$6,5687%29--$226$49,4801CMC
6The Peanut Butter Falcon$6,455-17%82-40$79$20,343,46814Roadside Attractions
7Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$4,567-14%38-47$120$140,888,64716Sony Pictures
8Toy Story 4$3,223-68%89-16$36$433,952,08021Disney
9Overcomer$3,188-26%72-24$44$34,707,62512Sony Pictures
10Play the Flute$3,064--1-2$3,064$199,00441
11The Kingmaker$2,557-2%2--$1,279$24,6961Greenwich Entertainment
12Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace$2,050--1--$2,050$6,7633Passion River Films
13Rambo: Last Blood$1,543-44%58-147$27$44,745,4678Lionsgate
14Cyrano, My Love$1,351-6%1812$75$346,3784Roadside Attractions
15Matthias & Maxime$1,3456%15-16$90$350,2635
16The Perfect Race$1,125--10$1,125$12,9454Five & Two Pictures
1716 Bars$950157%1--$950$3,9811Lightyear Entertainment
18End of the Century$737-25%2--$369$58,50213
19Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound$64616%9-2$72$35,8483Matson Films
20The Fighting Preacher$611-71%9-2$68$942,91116Purdie Distribution
21The Etruscan Smile (2019 re-release)$41336%4--$103$7,4461Lightyear Entertainment
22Greener Grass$384-3%22-14$17$54,8304IFC Films / IFC Midnight
23Gift$349-8%8-3$44$23,2755Matson Films
24Official Secrets$346-38%15-12$23$1,992,81711IFC Films
25Mr. Klein$311-39%31$104$162,46410Rialto Pictures
26Before You Know It$200186%10$200$150,797111091
2747 Meters Down: Uncaged$197-43%7-5$28$22,260,74513Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
28Out Of Liberty$108-90%5-7$22$285,4039Purdie Distribution
29The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$297%2-3$15$152,69012Entertainment One