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 Mon, May. 27 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$6,386,621-29%3,8500$1,659$107,613,2382Lionsgate
3Avengers: Endgame$4,863,113-25%3,810-410$1,276$803,395,5915Disney
4POKÉMON Detective Pikachu$3,831,142-21%3,824-424$1,002$120,070,0233Warner Bros.
5Booksmart$1,767,743-24%2,505--$706$8,701,3631United Artists Releasing
6Brightburn$1,764,759-27%2,607--$677$9,610,4171Sony Pictures
7A Dog's Journey$1,306,815-13%3,27912$399$16,277,6352Universal Pictures
8The Hustle$1,011,415-11%2,377-700$426$30,615,6963United Artists Releasing
9The Intruder$642,201-21%1,612-619$398$32,608,7104Sony / Screen Gems
10Long Shot$395,996-34%1,358-752$292$29,127,6694Lionsgate
11UglyDolls$247,811-3%1,090-940$227$19,110,2504STX Entertainment
12The Sun Is Also A Star$242,144-11%2,0730$117$4,535,7052Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Poms$231,846-2%911-1839$254$12,598,7753STX Entertainment
2The Church$203,112--252--$806$475,5241Indican Pictures
3The Biggest Little Farm$154,889--181136$856$1,211,7723Neon
4Breakthrough$142,6071%551-824$259$39,995,147620th Century Fox
5Dumbo$110,327-71%346-69$319$112,848,2559Walt Disney Pictures
6The Curse of La Llorona$108,605-45%359-292$303$53,953,7726Warner Bros. / New Line
7The White Crow$99,727--356--$280$1,264,8125Sony Pictures Classics
8Captain Marvel$86,448-39%300-426$288$425,917,07912Disney
9Shazam!$82,532-19%283-253$292$138,605,1428Warner Bros.
10Amazing Grace$53,890-19%152-75$355$4,084,3188Neon
11Tolkien$47,362-1%189-1312$251$4,379,5793Fox Searchlight
12Little (2019)$46,635-15%183-131$255$40,502,1907Universal Pictures
13Photograph$39,251-17%123110$319$219,8112Amazon Studios
14How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$35,825-4%157-20$228$160,558,36517Universal / DreamWorks Animation
15Red Joan$35,003-17%133-59$263$1,411,7576IFC Films
16Us (2019)$21,550-33%136-59$158$174,862,57010Universal Pictures
17India's Most Wanted$20,236-41%110--$184$118,5581FIP
18Pet Sematary$19,232-39%133-93$145$54,697,7578Paramount Pictures
19Missing Link$15,883-28%110-44$144$16,576,5177United Artists Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is True$41,614--64--$650$333,4683Sony Pictures Classics
2The Souvenir$40,622-19%2319$1,766$291,3422A24
3Non-Fiction$33,776-27%6035$563$347,7284IFC Films
4Echo In the Canyon$23,431-49%2--$11,716$141,0821Greenwich Entertainment
5The Lumber Baron$11,121--11--$1,011$26,1801Indican Pictures
6Shadow$10,969--32--$343$405,6954Well Go USA Entertainment
7Five Feet Apart$8,973-12%75-41$120$45,716,96811CBS Films
8Meeting Gorbachev$8,789-21%426$209$158,78341091
9Hotel Mumbai$8,541-17%6636$129$9,592,71810Bleecker Street
10Apollo 11$7,748-31%20-3$387$8,721,15313Neon
11Unplanned$6,816-4%6427$107$18,086,0209Pure Flix
12The Tomorrow Man$6,4646%4--$1,616$29,1571Bleecker Street
13Long Day's Journey Into Night$6,386--15--$426$389,4687Kino Lorber
14Penguins$5,227-55%60-55$87$7,458,6476Disney / Disneynature
15Hail Satan?$5,175--39--$133$381,2076Magnolia Pictures
16Trial By Fire$4,675-22%45-64$104$143,5412Roadside Attractions
18Walking On Water$3,374--9--$375$49,0192Kino Lorber
19Wild Nights with Emily$3,147-27%26-30$121$489,6477Greenwich Entertainment
20Ask Dr. Ruth$3,009--21--$143$267,4964Magnolia Pictures
21The Third Wife$2,813--6--$469$22,9202Film Movement
22Rafiki$2,199--11--$200$107,8406Film Movement
23War and Peace$1,993--3--$664$98,07615Janus Films
24Carmine Street Guitars$1,712--5--$342$40,7115Abramorama
25High Life$1,624-33%14-8$116$1,221,0648A24
26Woman At War$1,580--18--$88$828,87713Magnolia Pictures
27Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$1,56916%10$1,569$21,6302Rialto Pictures
28The Man Who Killed Don Quixote$1,325--11--$120$373,6587Screen Media
29After (2019)$1,225-31%34-48$36$12,133,5017Aviron Pictures
30Ramen Shop$1,154--5--$231$81,62210Strand Releasing
31Working Woman$1,111--1--$1,111$53,2009Zeitgeist
32Aniara$1,025--3--$342$36,4252Magnolia Pictures
33Capernaum$977--3--$326$1,660,70824Sony Pictures Classics
34Shed of the Dead$938--7--$134$24,7442Indican Pictures
35Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$819--14--$59$51,3836Zeitgeist Films
36Faith, Hope & Love$532-1%2-1$266$206,49111ArtAffects Entertainment
37Under the Sea 3D$523--5--$105$36,083,753537Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Dogman$477--5--$95$90,2177Magnolia Pictures Magnolia Pictures
39Zilla & Zoe$438--5--$88$15,3412Indican Pictures
40Sunset$406--2--$203$164,71710Sony Pictures Classics
41Pasolini$370--1--$370$18,9533Kino Lorber
42Transit$294--4--$74$808,73513Music Box Films
43Sauvage / Wild$291--2--$146$53,9757Strand Releasing
44High on the Hog$247--1--$247$43,2766Indican Pictures
45The Sower$160--1--$160$36,04613
46Always Miss You$42--3--$14$91,5454China Lion Film
473 Faces$28--2--$14$69,51712Kino Lorber