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 Sat, Mar. 30 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dumbo$17,511,87015%4,259--$4,112$32,766,4191Walt Disney Pictures
2Us (2019)$14,252,10540%3,7432$3,808$119,032,6152Universal Pictures
3Captain Marvel$9,089,32965%3,985-293$2,281$347,894,9284Disney
4Five Feet Apart$2,676,65536%2,846-20$940$34,265,5263CBS Films
5Wonder Park$2,201,34480%3,304-534$666$36,368,2283Paramount
6How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$1,915,19572%2,785-562$688$151,765,1759Universal / DreamWorks Animation
7Unplanned$1,736,701-42%1,059--$1,640$4,709,4891Pure Flix
8Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$1,265,61978%1,923-264$658$69,314,7425Lionsgate
9The Beach Bum$634,893-8%1,100--$577$1,324,9941Neon
10Gloria Bell$454,98048%1,127473$404$3,829,9734A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Mumbai$1,255,70620%924920$1,359$2,420,2342Bleecker Street
2No Manches Frida 2$343,85569%423-49$813$7,694,4273Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
3The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$260,09073%801-588$325$104,462,72810Warner Bros.
4The Mustang$249,79543%181143$1,380$828,4243Focus Features
5Alita: Battle Angel$228,73074%676-763$338$84,766,417720th Century Fox
6Apollo 11$178,07772%354-232$503$7,532,9095Neon
7The Upside$177,60972%456-191$389$107,391,73812STX Entertainment
8The Aftermath$137,51343%161135$854$480,4383Fox Searchlight
9Isn't It Romantic$120,79743%460-458$263$48,045,3797Warner Bros.
10Green Book$118,48556%447-394$265$84,412,91120Universal Pictures
11Fighting With My Family$115,99550%503-400$231$22,452,9297MGM
12What Men Want$92,59667%309-95$300$54,351,7298Paramount
13Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse$84,75191%218-60$389$190,123,56716Sony / Columbia
14Aquaman$65,25173%214-39$305$334,974,10816Warner Bros.
15The Hummingbird Project$52,35760%232191$226$225,9873The Orchard
16Captive State$48,98065%404-2145$121$5,868,1453Focus Features
17Happy Death Day 2U$44,23030%174-154$254$28,000,4157Universal Pictures
19Cold Pursuit$30,99270%142-82$218$31,930,9628Lionsgate / Summit
20Bohemian Rhapsody$30,19465%101-73$299$216,073,3132220th Century Fox
21Run The Race$25,73986%136-216$189$6,330,0626Roadside Attractions
22Cruel Intentions 20th Anniversary Rerelease$4,9019%104-604$47$431,4332Sony Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Escape Room$36,594161%68-13$538$56,780,64613Sony Pictures
2Mary Poppins Returns$21,25616%84-50$253$171,901,60815Disney
3The Kid$19,03344%77-90$247$1,438,9824Lionsgate
4Ralph Breaks the Internet$17,25387%92-53$188$201,034,81319Disney
5Everybody Knows$15,32569%50-93$307$2,632,4858Focus Features
6The Favourite$13,68668%44-20$311$34,195,24019Fox Searchlight
7Arctic$11,88231%49-22$242$2,302,3129Bleecker Street
8They Shall Not Grow Old$11,869136%58-28$205$17,702,32215Warner Bros.
9Diane$10,90854%3--$3,636$17,9741IFC Films
10Faith, Hope & Love$8,64556%9-8$961$131,8173ArtAffects Entertainment
11Greta$7,86562%77-307$102$10,504,1105Focus Features
12Free Solo$7,48125%30-12$249$17,488,43227National Geographic Entertainment
13The Wedding Guest$6,85452%44-49$156$367,1235IFC Films
14The Invisibles$6,20160%8-4$775$335,49210Greenwich Entertainment
15The Prodigy$5,706118%25-45$228$14,844,6218Orion Pictures
16A Star is Born$5,48434%55-109$100$215,278,85626Warner Bros.
17Birds of Passage$5,33467%29-55$184$474,6647The Orchard
19If Beale Street Could Talk$3,92481%18-18$218$14,899,53216Annapurna
20Cold War$3,76593%171$221$4,570,35215Amazon Studios
21Screwball$3,469-1%13--$267$6,9561Greenwich Entertainment
23The Kid Who Would Be King$2,11429%25-15$85$16,787,9091020th Century Fox
24Racetime$937-23%133$72$1,873,27217Entertainment One
25Cliffs of Freedom$827118%2-5$414$64,7365
26The Wild Pear Tree$249-21%2--$125$28,4249Cinema Guild
27This Magnificent Cake!$214178%20$107$5,1485GKIDS
28Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life$41--1-1$41$105,86510Entertainment One