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 Wed, May. 1 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 1 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avengers: Endgame$25,251,991-24%4,662--$5,417$452,351,7861Disney
2The Curse of La Llorona$627,030-35%3,3720$186$44,084,1242Warner Bros. / New Line
3Captain Marvel$587,159-29%2,435-218$241$415,955,5588Disney
4Breakthrough$585,718-43%2,913149$201$28,778,665220th Century Fox
5Shazam!$358,804-35%3,631-552$99$132,450,8224Warner Bros.
6Little (2019)$293,030-37%2,119-548$138$36,907,7203Universal Pictures
7Dumbo$240,295-33%2,380-845$101$108,074,8885Walt Disney Pictures
8Pet Sematary$158,106-13%1,655-1491$96$53,130,6544Paramount Pictures
9Us (2019)$139,050-14%1,255-1009$111$173,300,5456Universal Pictures
10Penguins$134,306-19%1,8150$74$6,240,1702Disney / Disneynature
11Missing Link$88,363-9%1,588-1849$56$15,790,8473United Artists Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 1 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amazing Grace$65,858-8%24757$267$2,339,7934Neon
2Hellboy$51,009-18%927-2376$55$21,694,1163Lionsgate / Summit
3After (2019)$46,711-23%607-1531$77$11,795,7053Aviron Pictures
4The Mustang$33,895-13%277-210$122$4,644,9407Focus Features
6Unplanned$27,161-15%251-588$108$17,830,2455Pure Flix
7Hotel Mumbai$23,032-19%170-144$135$9,332,8446Bleecker Street
8High Life$21,933-3%1460$150$993,5294A24
9How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$20,270-4%282-780$72$159,748,42513Universal / DreamWorks Animation
10The Best of Enemies$17,183-24%227-775$76$10,064,1694STX Entertainment
11Five Feet Apart$13,303-20%259-450$51$45,437,0927CBS Films
12Wonder Park$13,076-24%249-456$53$45,053,3167Paramount
13The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part$4,752-17%179-43$27$105,728,87014Warner Bros.
14Isn't It Romantic$3,597-20%120-25$30$48,746,77711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 1 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Red Joan$15,198-14%4541$338$262,1042IFC Films
2Wild Nights with Emily$12,56116%6532$193$259,5653Greenwich Entertainment
3The Upside$4,509-36%93-37$48$108,247,08316STX Entertainment
4Apollo 11$4,50429%62-39$73$8,571,2179Neon
5Alita: Battle Angel$4,310-7%83-33$52$85,666,7291120th Century Fox
6Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral$4,157-14%77-119$54$73,089,6689Lionsgate
7Gloria Bell$3,720-17%39-61$95$5,551,4748A24
8The Beach Bum$3,503-28%15-21$234$3,489,4565Neon
9Little Woods$3,444-8%29-4$119$123,6292Neon
10No Manches Frida 2$3,398-40%56-17$61$9,267,1077Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
11Diane$3,256-2%37-22$88$314,1115IFC Films
12Green Book$3,140-32%45-70$70$85,077,29624Universal Pictures
13The Public$2,966-17%28-15$106$526,8164Greenwich Entertainment
14Fighting With My Family$2,368-24%60-24$39$22,907,77811MGM
15The Aftermath$2,158-26%37-48$58$1,616,5237Fox Searchlight
16Arctic$1,660-21%32-17$52$2,400,22913Bleecker Street
17Peterloo$1,62225%43-49$38$150,1154Amazon Studios
18Christ Stopped at Eboli$711-3%21$356$46,1854Rialto Pictures
19Mia and the White Lion$665-28%5-62$133$392,2403Ledafilms Entertainment Group
20Fast Color$6073%6-19$101$63,0892Lionsgate
21The Invisibles$464-17%4-2$116$402,47414Greenwich Entertainment
22They Shall Not Grow Old$442-49%15-100$29$17,949,31019Warner Bros.
23Run The Race$263101%8-31$33$6,423,64510Roadside Attractions
24Faith, Hope & Love$198-77%1-4$198$193,7457ArtAffects Entertainment
25Free Solo$161-85%2-1$81$17,541,09031National Geographic Entertainment
26Okko's Inn$123-21%1--$123$126,3051GKIDS
27Suburban Birds$30--1--$30$6,7074Cinema Guild