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 Sun, Sep. 15 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It Chapter Two$10,450,000-40%4,5700$2,287$153,803,5242Warner Bros
2Hustlers$7,881,166-35%3,236--$2,435$33,181,3611STX Entertainment
3Angel Has Fallen$1,215,805-40%3,076-153$395$60,474,4744Lionsgate
4Good Boys$1,090,995-44%2,736-457$399$73,280,6105Universal Pictures
5The Lion King$1,039,806-41%2,365-245$440$534,087,6809Walt Disney Pictures
6Overcomer$813,889-30%2,293140$355$28,978,5494Sony Pictures
7Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$760,695-43%2,050-249$371$168,338,7457Universal Pictures
8The Goldfinch$704,238-36%2,542--$277$2,679,0271Warner Bros.
9Dora and the Lost City of Gold$622,388-29%1,348-440$462$56,729,4316Paramount Pictures
10The Peanut Butter Falcon$478,891-42%1,490180$321$14,966,7026Roadside Attractions
11The Angry Birds Movie 2$416,562-28%1,184-670$352$39,621,2565Sony Pictures
12Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$375,538-54%1,494-607$251$64,438,8696CBS Films / Lionsgate
13Ready or Not$223,671-48%1,095-1255$204$27,699,3974Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$393,472-43%957-445$411$136,872,9508Sony Pictures
2Brittany Runs A Marathon$391,726-39%757527$517$3,668,7064Amazon Studios
3Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) 40th Anniversary$220,007--627--$351$220,0071Fathom Events
4Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$199,969-31%220213$909$841,6132Greenwich Entertainment
5Spider-Man: Far from Home$172,507-48%710-723$243$389,195,47511Sony / Columbia
7Official Secrets$128,918-46%331290$389$917,0583IFC Films
8Toy Story 4$122,102-41%410-230$298$432,368,78313Disney
947 Meters Down: Uncaged$98,375-54%537-438$183$21,536,0205Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10The Art of Racing in the Rain$80,032-39%473-267$169$25,796,245620th Century Fox
11Tod@s Caen$72,8222%211-160$345$2,429,6643Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Farewell$64,178-43%229-139$280$17,122,51910A24
13Don't Let Go$60,293-50%413-509$146$4,940,3413OTL Releasing
15Blinded by the Light$45,677-54%265-203$172$11,667,2365Warner Bros
16Annabelle Comes Home$35,326-83%144-70$245$74,028,49112Warner Bros.
17Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$27,509-36%192-78$143$9,065,5845United Artists Releasing
18The Secret Life of Pets 2$27,220-34%119-20$229$158,228,53015Universal
20The Kitchen$12,976-41%11035$118$12,097,9796Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$24,119-24%779$313$413,9454Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
5Mission Mangal$9,742-55%43-51$227$3,644,1555FIP
6Menteur$8,503-70%51-2$167$4,565,06310Entertainment One
7Brian Banks$7,487-37%6848$110$4,342,4926Bleecker Street
8Mr. Klein$6,474-9%10$6,474$49,3712Rialto Pictures
9Men in Black: International$5,274-42%50-25$105$79,820,56114Sony / Columbia
10Out Of Liberty$4,115-82%35--$118$66,5461Purdie Distribution
11Before You Know It$3,795-31%28-3$136$106,13931091
12Bennett's War$2,925-19%55-235$53$759,3183Forrest Films
13Chasing Einstein$2,312-41%4--$578$9,7081Atlas Distribution
14One Child Nation$1,960-33%11-11$178$245,6356Amazon Studios
15Desolation Center$1,584-7%3--$528$4,9381Matson Films
16The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$1,445-57%11-5$131$138,0884Entertainment One
17Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$1,396-48%34-14$41$1,010,15911Roadside Attractions
18The Sound of Silence$1,365-43%2--$683$5,4491IFC Films
19Rapid Response$960-28%102$96$10,2972Atlas Distribution
20The Nightingale (2019)$903-45%15-32$60$396,3467IFC Films
21The Fighting Preacher$827-93%251$33$763,0168Purdie Distribution
22Echo In the Canyon$815-67%10-9$82$3,339,50117Greenwich Entertainment
23End of the Century$741-32%1-2$741$27,7765
24Free Trip To Egypt$590-22%4-3$148$45,25616Matson Films
25Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$46760%5-3$93$30,8165GKIDS
26A Brother's Love$451-63%92$50$527,87315Entertainment One
27The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$443-79%11-5$40$1,727,40612ArtAffects Entertainment
28Another Day of Life$378-58%2--$189$1,6911GKIDS
29Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$16355%1--$163$61,38918Rialto Pictures
30Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$54-68%21$27$589,15510Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
31I'm Leaving Now$10-75%10$10$1,8802Cinema Guild