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, Sep. 2 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Angel Has Fallen$3,575,630-22%3,33650$1,072$44,489,2602Lionsgate
2Good Boys$2,685,220-28%3,458105$777$59,199,0853Universal Pictures
3The Lion King$2,426,180-12%3,190-110$761$523,578,9267Walt Disney Pictures
4Overcomer$2,110,189-6%1,827104$1,155$19,322,4242Sony Pictures
5Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$1,943,110-23%2,972-340$654$159,216,2955Universal Pictures
6The Angry Birds Movie 2$1,712,4605%3,311-558$517$35,741,0563Sony Pictures
7Dora and the Lost City of Gold$1,702,4914%2,477-366$687$51,262,4834Paramount Pictures
8Ready or Not$1,562,195-29%2,95792$528$21,951,2672Fox Searchlight
9Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$1,390,901-15%1,993-216$698$131,133,3986Sony Pictures
10Spider-Man: Far from Home$1,342,554-16%3,1622154$425$386,098,8759Sony / Columbia
11Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$1,292,797-31%2,747-180$471$58,911,7714CBS Films / Lionsgate
12The Peanut Butter Falcon$1,131,398-3%1,249253$906$9,104,4774Roadside Attractions
13Toy Story 4$1,087,80510%2,7151895$401$430,816,53411Disney
1447 Meters Down: Uncaged$569,256-36%2,224-659$256$19,749,6033Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15The Art of Racing in the Rain$481,450-7%1,475-565$326$24,384,851420th Century Fox
16Blinded by the Light$416,625-9%1,673-634$249$10,619,1013Warner Bros

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Don't Let Go$582,821-23%922--$632$2,921,4901OTL Releasing
2The Farewell$292,343-8%89175$328$16,029,7528A24
3Tod@s Caen$273,295-34%371--$737$1,371,6961Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Saaho$255,258-35%381--$670$2,626,2841Yash Raj Films USA
5Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$236,178-2%907-1399$260$8,390,8393United Artists Releasing
7After The Wedding$139,333--428--$326$1,003,3494Sony Pictures Classics
8Yesterday$129,660-14%397-41$327$73,190,08010Universal Pictures
9Bennett's War$124,987-13%970--$129$555,8851Forrest Films
11The Secret Life of Pets 2$98,785-10%22742$435$157,933,21513Universal
12Mission Mangal$84,915-42%151-112$562$3,401,0613FIP
14Maiden$55,594--180--$309$2,816,09810Sony Pictures Classics
15Killerman$48,906--322--$152$202,7051Blue Fox Entertainment
16John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum$30,0990%13910$217$170,940,34916Lionsgate
17The Kitchen$28,113-15%189-431$149$11,934,9054Warner Bros.
18Crawl$23,445-39%116-27$202$38,994,8518Paramount Pictures
19Rocketman$17,199-29%102-16$169$96,350,12714Paramount Pictures
20Avengers: Endgame$16,062-44%110-5$146$858,345,83819Disney
21Annabelle Comes Home$14,121-42%101-15$140$72,765,74510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ne Zha$322,064--66--$4,880$1,486,8741Well Go USA Entertainment
2Brittany Runs A Marathon$135,365-6%4843$2,820$774,4402Amazon Studios
3Menteur$42,29494%580$729$4,403,7578Entertainment One
4The Fighting Preacher$34,5302135%325$1,079$669,9406Purdie Distribution
5Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$31,036-5%2821$1,108$166,6482Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
6Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins$25,085--18--$1,394$119,5891Magnolia Pictures
8Men in Black: International$18,967-24%91-9$208$79,748,41212Sony / Columbia
9Official Secrets$17,814-13%4--$4,454$82,7791IFC Films
10Aquarela$17,398--35--$497$141,0013Sony Pictures Classics
11Tel Aviv on Fire$16,642-2%35-2$475$406,9505Cohen Media Group
12The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$15,9621179%171$939$1,706,14110ArtAffects Entertainment
13Brian Banks$14,335-3%84-136$171$4,287,2394Bleecker Street
14Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$13,97316%5512$254$938,4129Roadside Attractions
15The Nightingale (2019)$12,681-28%7928$161$339,5695IFC Films
16The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$12,421137%24-1$518$94,3112Entertainment One
17One Child Nation$12,323-7%362$342$224,8374Amazon Studios
18David Crosby: Remember My Name$12,210--47--$260$525,7977Sony Pictures Classics
19Give Me Liberty$9,611--9--$1,068$88,9262Music Box Films
20Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool$9,413--2--$4,707$76,3042Abramorama
21Tigers Are Not Afraid$7,310--9--$812$75,4322Variance Films
22Before You Know It$6,5971%3--$2,199$29,68311091
23Echo In the Canyon$6,29733%244$262$3,307,04015Greenwich Entertainment
24Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy$5,923--8--$740$266,7953Well Go USA Entertainment
25Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am$5,641--18--$313$853,95811Magnolia Pictures
26Cold Case Hammarskjöld$4,421--15--$295$71,2103Magnolia Pictures
27Jay Myself$4,361--16--$273$110,3405Oscilloscope Laboratories
28Mike Wallace is Here$3,583--24--$149$255,0756Magnolia Pictures
29Free Trip To Egypt$2,098106%21$1,049$37,45514Matson Films
30The Bravest$1,412-33%20$706$290,2174Sony Pictures
31Vita & Virginia$1,140-50%32$380$12,5982IFC Films
32The Miracle of the Little Prince$978--1--$978$4,9201Film Movement
33A Brother's Love$89616%3-1$299$520,00713Entertainment One
34The Divine Fury$626--3--$209$99,3623Well Go USA Entertainment
35Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$509-59%64$85$19,1903GKIDS
36End of the Century$245-64%10$245$20,5173
37Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché$66--4--$17$97,34020Zeitgeist Films
38Genese$66--1--$66$5,0282Film Movement