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 Fri, Aug. 30 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Angel Has Fallen$2,890,717115%3,33650$867$32,004,9382Lionsgate
2Good Boys$2,349,965130%3,458105$680$49,357,9303Universal Pictures
3The Lion King$1,540,168120%3,190-110$483$515,769,4627Walt Disney Pictures
4Ready or Not$1,538,844117%2,957102$520$16,015,4172Fox Searchlight
5Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$1,440,890126%2,972-340$485$152,253,2405Universal Pictures
6Overcomer$1,407,237103%1,827104$770$12,953,8662Sony Pictures
7Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$1,186,604152%2,747-180$432$53,806,8504CBS Films / Lionsgate
8Spider-Man: Far from Home$1,146,1261400%3,1622154$362$381,598,7149Sony / Columbia
9Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$993,61095%1,993-216$499$126,616,1596Sony Pictures
10The Angry Birds Movie 2$926,593102%3,311-558$280$30,716,7013Sony Pictures
11Dora and the Lost City of Gold$871,260128%2,477-366$352$46,328,9514Paramount Pictures
12The Peanut Butter Falcon$741,886193%1,249253$594$5,696,5814Roadside Attractions
1347 Meters Down: Uncaged$574,687125%2,224-659$258$17,323,6643Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14Toy Story 4$475,880301%2,7151895$175$427,821,77911Disney
15The Art of Racing in the Rain$311,92751%1,475-565$211$22,889,225420th Century Fox
16Blinded by the Light$291,75579%1,673-634$174$9,278,9283Warner Bros

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Don't Let Go$760,446--922--$825$760,4461OTL Releasing
2Saaho$553,813-40%381--$1,454$1,477,4901Yash Raj Films USA
3Tod@s Caen$334,345--371--$901$334,3451Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Farewell$202,25981%89175$227$15,098,2548A24
6Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$165,440-11%907-1399$182$7,662,4943United Artists Releasing
7Bennett's War$143,675--970--$148$143,6751Forrest Films
9Yesterday$98,12561%397-41$247$72,760,52010Universal Pictures
10Mission Mangal$84,425182%151-112$559$3,025,4283FIP
12The Secret Life of Pets 2$55,580118%22742$245$157,614,42513Universal
13The Kitchen$22,573-28%189-431$119$11,838,0594Warner Bros.
14Crawl$21,63390%116-27$186$38,891,9558Paramount Pictures
15John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$20,534170%13910$148$170,847,40716Lionsgate
16Avengers: Endgame$15,229198%110-5$138$858,274,23019Disney
17Annabelle Comes Home$13,376109%101-15$132$72,703,78410Warner Bros.
18Rocketman$12,3736%102-16$121$96,287,66814Paramount Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brittany Runs A Marathon$124,1341222%4843$2,586$347,3212Amazon Studios
2Official Secrets$19,934--4--$4,984$19,9341IFC Films
3Menteur$19,82159%580$342$4,313,1378Entertainment One
4The Fighting Preacher$15,355109%325$480$612,8626Purdie Distribution
5The Nightingale (2019)$14,85581%7928$188$291,1465IFC Films
6Men in Black: International$14,445180%91-9$159$79,678,35212Sony / Columbia
7Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$14,187109%2821$507$71,8232Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
9Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$10,991326%5512$200$903,6319Roadside Attractions
10Brian Banks$9,684-17%84-136$115$4,242,8474Bleecker Street
11Tel Aviv on Fire$9,53167%35-2$272$351,0335Cohen Media Group
12One Child Nation$8,50223%362$236$185,8794Amazon Studios
13Before You Know It$7,420--3--$2,473$7,42011091
14The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$6,50135%24-1$271$68,8622Entertainment One
15Echo In the Canyon$4,436160%244$185$3,290,27715Greenwich Entertainment
16The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$4,163194%171$245$1,679,59210ArtAffects Entertainment
17Vita & Virginia$1,4740%32$491$7,3562IFC Films
18Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$829280%64$138$16,5363GKIDS
19The Bravest$819-35%20$410$285,2044Sony Pictures
20A Brother's Love$54040%3-1$180$517,49213Entertainment One
21End of the Century$388124%10$388$19,0343
22Free Trip To Egypt$318--21$159$33,89114Matson Films