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, Mar. 24 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Us (2019)$16,815,420-34%3,741--$4,495$71,117,6251Universal Pictures
2Captain Marvel$10,025,438-34%4,278-32$2,343$320,749,6283Disney
3Wonder Park$2,577,611-36%3,8380$672$29,238,4212Paramount
4Five Feet Apart$2,150,605-41%2,86663$750$26,258,6032CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$1,959,560-32%3,347-380$585$145,739,6958Universal / DreamWorks Animation
6Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$1,147,011-44%2,187-163$524$65,783,9824Lionsgate
7The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$372,330-28%1,389-657$268$103,364,6489Warner Bros.
8Alita: Battle Angel$334,201-27%1,439-257$232$83,814,378620th Century Fox
9Captive State$287,180-26%2,5491$113$5,269,8252Focus Features

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Manches Frida 2$681,958-2%4720$1,445$6,617,0652Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2Gloria Bell$409,267-43%654615$626$2,346,2003A24
3Apollo 11$229,184-35%586-2$391$6,857,0864Neon
4Green Book$164,220-39%841-479$195$83,885,62619Universal Pictures
5Fighting With My Family$157,600-32%903-677$175$21,962,2016MGM
6Isn't It Romantic$155,071-42%918-448$169$47,501,2806Warner Bros.
7The Upside$146,279-40%647-233$226$106,831,72711STX Entertainment
8What Men Want$82,064-41%404-183$203$54,051,6167Paramount
9Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$76,104-35%278-88$274$189,873,38515Sony / Columbia
10Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary Rerelease$67,075-27%708--$95$258,7081Sony Pictures
11Aquaman$64,961-37%253-30$257$334,776,59615Warner Bros.
12Run The Race$52,235-24%352-94$148$6,207,1655Roadside Attractions
14Happy Death Day 2U$44,885-50%328-158$137$27,851,1306Universal Pictures
15The Kid$38,279-25%167-101$229$1,339,6713Lionsgate
16Bohemian Rhapsody$38,033-37%174-82$219$215,936,1352120th Century Fox
17Everybody Knows$36,890-35%143-105$258$2,554,2667Focus Features
18Greta$34,160-26%384-596$89$10,418,5104Focus Features
19Cold Pursuit$31,727-41%224-152$142$31,824,4257Lionsgate / Summit
20A Dog's Way Home$26,379-35%154-15$171$41,952,71511Sony Pictures
21Ralph Breaks the Internet$24,287-53%145-27$167$200,970,90018Disney
22Mary Poppins Returns$21,215-48%134-48$158$171,822,45314Disney
23A Star is Born$14,465-40%164-279$88$215,235,33825Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 24 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mustang$63,136-36%3834$1,661$317,8422Focus Features
2The Aftermath$33,426-39%2621$1,286$200,9822Fox Searchlight
3Hotel Mumbai$25,791-28%4--$6,448$88,0651Bleecker Street
4Free Solo$19,000-27%42-30$452$17,451,94726National Geographic Entertainment
5The Wedding Guest$17,291-42%93-3$186$328,8614IFC Films
6They Shall Not Grow Old$16,751-34%86-64$195$17,652,45914Warner Bros.
7The Favourite$15,382-29%64-79$240$34,147,96318Fox Searchlight
8The Hummingbird Project$15,335-46%4137$374$112,5322The Orchard
9Arctic$14,955-33%71-26$211$2,253,0368Bleecker Street
10Escape Room$14,238-58%81-4$176$56,706,15712Sony Pictures
11Birds of Passage$13,785-32%84-13$164$443,5886The Orchard
12The Prodigy$7,959-31%70-18$114$14,824,0627Orion Pictures
13Faith, Hope & Love$7,278-17%17-1$428$100,7032ArtAffects Entertainment
14If Beale Street Could Talk$6,137-27%36-23$170$14,884,82515Annapurna
16The Invisibles$3,935-39%12-3$328$318,9059Greenwich Entertainment
17Out of Blue$3,274-31%35--$94$12,3051IFC Films
18Cold War$2,474-39%16-29$155$4,557,94314Amazon Studios
19Cliffs of Freedom$2,382-16%7-2$340$59,7374
20The Kid Who Would Be King$2,110-48%40-23$53$16,778,829920th Century Fox
21Racetime$752163%105$75$1,867,33616Entertainment One
22Uri: The Surgical Strike$400-6%3-2$133$4,185,66311PackYourBag Films
23Ferrante Fever$2163500%1-2$216$11,0693Greenwich Entertainment
24Hale County This Morning, This Evening$175--1--$175$109,37828Cinema Guild
25This Magnificent Cake!$103-51%20$52$3,8794GKIDS
26Yardie$88-74%10-67$9$35,6322Rialto Pictures
27The Wild Pear Tree$59--1-2$59$27,7198Cinema Guild
28Hotel By The River$3546%1-2$35$22,2286Cinema Guild
29Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$26-37%21$13$105,8249Entertainment One