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, Jul. 17 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man: Far from Home$5,408,839-39%4,6340$1,167$294,341,0472Sony / Columbia
2Toy Story 4$3,444,416-31%4,210-330$818$357,861,7754Disney
3Crawl$1,237,220-42%3,170--$390$16,734,0821Paramount Pictures
5Yesterday$1,088,575-23%2,755141$395$51,638,1153Universal Pictures
6Stuber$844,882-41%3,050--$277$11,358,939120th Century Fox
7The Secret Life of Pets 2$764,975-18%2,320-526$330$149,436,1556Universal
8Annabelle Comes Home$757,164-31%3,209-404$236$63,471,6133Warner Bros.
10Avengers: Endgame$354,276-19%1,443-542$246$852,736,88912Disney
11Rocketman$295,034-13%1,332-77$221$92,812,1197Paramount Pictures
12Men in Black: International$262,537-33%1,612-1104$163$77,416,1755Sony / Columbia
13John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$188,645-24%1,145-348$165$168,110,6299Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Between Me and My Mind$777,919--448--$1,736$778,2130Trafalgar Releasing
2Super 30$90,189-53%317--$285$1,235,3401Reliance Entertainment
3Child's Play$79,910-33%807-900$99$28,700,7174United Artists Releasing
4The Last Black Man in San Francisco$69,2378%20719$334$3,520,0616A24
5Godzilla: King of the Monsters$60,211-26%434-287$139$109,393,1367Warner Bros.
6Pavarotti$56,113--196-54$286$3,670,1696CBS Films
7Late Night$52,303-13%330-63$158$14,953,4416Amazon Studios
8Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$40,078-16%205--$196$362,5711Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9Wild Rose$40,003-13%16198$248$876,6834Neon
10Echo In the Canyon$37,69415%1473$256$2,438,8218Greenwich Entertainment
11POK√ČMON Detective Pikachu$37,2793%207-40$180$143,496,02110Warner Bros.
12Shaft$35,251-41%303-136$116$20,848,2595Warner Bros.
13Booksmart$27,224-1%1600$170$22,072,3878United Artists Releasing
14Dark Phoenix$22,681-28%200-226$113$65,158,7436Fox
15Ma (2019)$13,980-15%152-45$92$45,360,2807Universal Pictures
16The Dead Don't Die$13,540-25%142-125$95$6,549,0755Focus Features
17A Dog's Journey$13,015-3%111-5$117$22,533,7809Universal Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Menteur$146,995-34%89--$1,652$1,344,8501Entertainment One
2Unplanned$112,48518%49--$2,296$18,764,78016Pure Flix
3The Farewell$42,2234%4--$10,556$469,4571A24
4The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$19,021-60%97-82$196$1,323,5803ArtAffects Entertainment
5Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$17,894-5%3026$596$229,7492Roadside Attractions
6The Biggest Little Farm$16,50623%99-8$167$3,982,80810Neon
7Anna$12,950-10%92-232$141$7,531,6304Lionsgate / Summit
8The Art of Self-Defense$12,7058%7--$1,815$150,7831Bleecker Street
9Dumbo$8,926-14%92-11$97$114,661,58516Walt Disney Pictures
10Shazam!$7,835-1%83-21$94$140,318,04415Warner Bros.
11Apollo 11$4,532-54%1510$302$8,961,80320Neon
12A Brother's Love$3,331-13%13-17$256$453,4946Entertainment One
13The Souvenir$2,818-24%2713$104$1,027,2849A24
14Hampstead$1,850-40%132$142$101,6125IFC Films
15Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$1,41659%3--$472$51,0759Rialto Pictures
16Sword of Trust$1,289-22%2--$645$23,5401IFC Films
17Christ Stopped at Eboli$1,14028%1--$1,140$58,52615Rialto Pictures
18Amazing Grace$957460%14-4$68$4,445,66815Neon
19American Woman$617109%6-1$103$236,2485Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment
20Framing John Delorean$5680%11-15$52$140,3876IFC Films
21Non-Fiction$54757%6-6$91$699,67111IFC Films
22The Quiet One$45171%131$35$34,1534IFC Films IFC Films
24Three Peaks$13238%10$132$5,2633Greenwich Entertainment
25Ophelia$132-23%2-25$66$47,8043IFC Films
26Meeting Gorbachev$109-23%6--$18$241,070111091