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, Mar. 19 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Marvel$7,603,86546%4,3100$1,764$277,683,7642Disney
2Wonder Park$1,701,48875%3,838--$443$18,527,8471Paramount
3Five Feet Apart$1,549,85156%2,803--$553$15,731,5391CBS Films
4How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$1,225,44057%3,727-315$329$137,579,9557Universal / DreamWorks Animation
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$926,88358%2,350-92$394$60,331,9713Lionsgate
6Captive State$447,47055%2,548--$176$3,868,0001Focus Features
7Alita: Battle Angel$310,00145%1,696-678$183$82,346,292520th Century Fox
8The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$284,94553%2,046-884$139$101,806,5538Warner Bros.
9Green Book$257,06590%1,320-777$195$82,993,92118Universal Pictures
10Isn't It Romantic$200,05857%1,366-857$146$46,639,2595Warner Bros.
11Fighting With My Family$186,28157%1,580-875$118$21,186,6245MGM

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Manches Frida 2$368,88652%472--$782$4,442,3191Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2Apollo 11$181,10641%588183$308$5,786,6423Neon
3The Upside$143,91975%880-130$164$106,107,43310STX Entertainment
4What Men Want$114,14052%587-475$194$53,616,5396Paramount
5Greta$113,07545%980-1437$115$10,178,8503Focus Features
6Badla$72,046134%11521$626$1,416,5822Reliance Entertainment
7The Kid$54,27250%2680$203$1,143,2062Lionsgate
8Run The Race$52,54473%446-307$118$5,955,3294Roadside Attractions
9Bohemian Rhapsody$48,16469%256-130$188$215,737,6252020th Century Fox
10A Star is Born$45,49267%443-367$103$215,125,75324Warner Bros.
11Cold Pursuit$45,348104%376-447$121$31,662,6786Lionsgate / Summit
12Happy Death Day 2U$41,48012%486-612$85$27,604,6755Universal Pictures
13Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$41,28427%366-458$113$189,555,94014Sony / Columbia
14Everybody Knows$36,93044%248-35$149$2,375,5816Focus Features
16Aquaman$35,67030%283-20$126$334,491,04314Warner Bros.
18They Shall Not Grow Old$17,31534%150-63$115$17,566,82613Warner Bros.
19The Favourite$17,29849%143-135$121$34,072,33617Fox Searchlight
20A Dog's Way Home$15,62940%169-25$92$41,837,95610Sony Pictures
21Ralph Breaks the Internet$15,43422%172-37$90$200,837,44917Disney
22Mary Poppins Returns$14,08833%182-33$77$171,711,02013Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria Bell$40,11324%3934$1,029$626,6362A24
2The Wedding Guest$14,42534%9665$150$240,7353IFC Films
3Arctic$14,04961%97-111$145$2,179,7647Bleecker Street
4Birds of Passage$12,48025%9747$129$376,4315The Orchard
5Escape Room$9,53330%85-25$112$56,627,55711Sony Pictures
6Faith, Hope & Love$9,148103%18--$508$69,0611ArtAffects Entertainment
7If Beale Street Could Talk$7,989-1%59-15$135$14,855,20214Annapurna
8Total Dhamaal$7,357111%54-64$136$2,162,3464FIP
9The Prodigy$7,29627%88-64$83$14,788,1506Orion Pictures
10Free Solo$7,000-10%72-47$97$17,377,16725National Geographic Entertainment
11The Aftermath$6,34010%5--$1,268$68,5301Fox Searchlight
12The Mustang$5,498-9%4--$1,375$83,1901Focus Features
14Yardie$4,24446%77--$55$29,2101Rialto Pictures
15The Hummingbird Project$3,34563%4--$836$39,5991The Orchard
16Cold War$3,005-45%45-15$67$4,541,93813Amazon Studios
17Miss Bala$2,96126%35-29$85$15,003,3437Sony Pictures
18Play the Flute$2,600--1-3$2,600$96,8117
19The Invisibles$2,57696%15-1$172$299,9678Greenwich Entertainment
20The Kid Who Would Be King$1,454-62%63-32$23$16,764,576820th Century Fox
21Cliffs of Freedom$1,063-4%90$118$50,1983
22Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$846--1-5$846$105,7468Entertainment One
23Racetime$731--5-13$146$1,863,15415Entertainment One
24Uri: The Surgical Strike$566107%5-4$113$4,184,01910PackYourBag Films
25Destroyer$50312%5-3$101$1,532,19012Annapurna Pictures
26Ferrante Fever$177-24%32$59$10,4722Greenwich Entertainment
27Hotel By The River$115--30$38$21,5885Cinema Guild
28Creed II$111-32%8-12$14$115,715,50317MGM / Warner Bros
29This Magnificent Cake!$67-14%2--$34$3,3553GKIDS
30The Wild Pear Tree$38-32%1-1$38$27,5237Cinema Guild