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 Thu, Apr. 25 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Marvel$1,267,909-10%2,653-322$478$405,529,0477Disney
2The Curse of La Llorona$1,001,177-31%3,372--$297$33,784,3011Warner Bros. / New Line
3Breakthrough$858,386-9%2,7640$311$19,810,230120th Century Fox
4Shazam!$627,940-38%4,183-123$150$125,629,7273Warner Bros.
5Little (2019)$445,605-27%2,6670$167$32,409,2552Universal Pictures
6Dumbo$396,972-23%3,225-481$123$103,766,5584Walt Disney Pictures
7Penguins$283,2070%1,8150$156$4,670,4261Disney / Disneynature
8Missing Link$250,912-20%3,43724$73$14,455,0552United Artists Releasing
9Pet Sematary$200,406-50%3,146-439$64$51,322,4573Paramount Pictures
10Us (2019)$138,385-56%2,264-351$61$171,703,6355Universal Pictures
11Hellboy$135,448-58%3,3030$41$21,178,8332Lionsgate / Summit
12After (2019)$97,409-54%2,1380$46$11,245,7392Aviron Pictures
13How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$60,500-8%1,062331$57$159,451,66012Universal / DreamWorks Animation
14The Best of Enemies$48,320-25%1,002-703$48$9,883,4563STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unplanned$65,105-35%839-563$78$17,603,3254Pure Flix
2Amazing Grace$57,611-14%190132$303$1,625,9413Neon
3Wonder Park$49,0580%705-467$70$44,823,9926Paramount
4The Mustang$46,575-23%48711$96$4,250,7506Focus Features
6Five Feet Apart$28,554-39%709-764$40$45,255,4786CBS Films
7Hotel Mumbai$25,975-44%314-303$83$9,092,5005Bleecker Street
8Teen Spirit$24,284-33%696692$35$441,3662LD Entertainment / Bleecker Street
9High Life$22,487-36%146114$154$799,5323A24
10The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$10,4011%222-50$47$105,629,32613Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$10,333-16%196-279$53$73,037,4608Lionsgate
12Apollo 11$8,793-32%101-25$87$8,518,9958Neon
13Gloria Bell$7,652-10%100-68$77$5,509,1977A24
14The Upside$7,304-10%130-49$56$108,177,70015STX Entertainment
15Green Book$6,7257%115-24$58$85,044,36623Universal Pictures
16Isn't It Romantic$6,61215%14537$46$48,688,19310Warner Bros.
17Alita: Battle Angel$6,048-12%116-33$52$85,612,6811020th Century Fox
18They Shall Not Grow Old$4,388-22%115-77$38$17,943,32818Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wild Nights with Emily$6,611-25%333$200$135,4652Greenwich Entertainment
2The Aftermath$6,459-4%85-149$76$1,589,3926Fox Searchlight
3Little Woods$5,968-3%33--$181$82,1661Neon
4Diane$5,347-6%59-5$91$279,2854IFC Films
5Peterloo$5,093-15%9260$55$138,5973Amazon Studios
6Fighting With My Family$4,381-6%84-10$52$22,873,29010MGM
7Red Joan$4,254-4%4--$1,064$57,0531IFC Films
8Bohemian Rhapsody$3,9584%310$128$216,428,0422520th Century Fox
9Mia and the White Lion$3,953-13%67-245$59$383,0952Ledafilms Entertainment Group
10The Beach Bum$3,909-22%36-64$109$3,451,1604Neon
11No Manches Frida 2$3,437-43%73-62$47$9,213,7266Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
12The Public$3,180-21%43-54$74$498,1953Greenwich Entertainment
13Arctic$2,6488%4938$54$2,385,56912Bleecker Street
14Mary Magdalene$2,315-6%40-22$58$115,6942IFC Films
15Fast Color$2,193-60%25--$88$56,4831Lionsgate
16Ash is Purest White$1,8415%17--$108$386,3306Cohen Media Group
17Under the Silver Lake$1,775-39%2--$888$46,0831A24 Films
18Run The Race$1,023-66%3914$26$6,420,8109Roadside Attractions
19Escape Room$931-37%27-17$34$57,005,60116Sony Pictures
20The Invisibles$89825%60-40$15$398,27913Greenwich Entertainment
21Faith, Hope & Love$80789%40$202$190,7816ArtAffects Entertainment
22Girls of the Sun$755-26%103$76$19,7122Cohen Media Group
23Grass$566-59%1--$566$5,8071Cinema Guild
24The Wild Pear Tree$429--10$429$31,11412Cinema Guild
25Christ Stopped at Eboli$22862%1-1$228$40,1823Rialto Pictures
26Screwball$159206%3--$53$13,9674Greenwich Entertainment
27Free Solo$142-94%3-8$47$17,539,43930National Geographic Entertainment
28Hotel By The River$141-8%1--$141$24,33410Cinema Guild