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, Sep. 18 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hustlers$2,635,483-43%3,236--$814$43,198,9131STX Entertainment
2It Chapter Two$1,973,095-40%4,5700$432$160,184,3732Warner Bros
3Angel Has Fallen$422,307-37%3,076-153$137$61,963,0484Lionsgate
4Good Boys$346,340-36%2,736-457$127$74,512,2255Universal Pictures
5Overcomer$252,387-37%2,293140$110$29,853,2394Sony Pictures
6The Goldfinch$248,019-41%2,542--$98$3,604,0461Warner Bros.
7The Lion King$205,433-38%2,365-245$87$534,830,0259Walt Disney Pictures
8Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$187,140-37%2,050-249$91$169,020,3207Universal Pictures
9The Peanut Butter Falcon$186,150-31%1,490180$125$15,591,0506Roadside Attractions
10Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$94,567-29%1,494-607$63$64,756,3386CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Dora and the Lost City of Gold$93,371-38%1,348-440$69$57,066,5126Paramount Pictures
12Ready or Not$87,935-31%1,095-1255$80$28,002,6924Fox Searchlight
13The Angry Birds Movie 2$54,478-22%1,184-670$46$39,798,6645Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
13 From Hell$480,614-8%667--$721$1,809,2260Saban Films
2Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$164,542-19%957-445$172$137,394,6728Sony Pictures
3Brittany Runs A Marathon$145,417-22%757527$192$4,188,2504Amazon Studios
4Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) 40th Anniversary$126,236--627--$201$346,2431Fathom Events
5Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$97,979-6%220213$445$1,130,2872Greenwich Entertainment
6Bennett's War$78,9645536%128-162$617$840,7063Forrest Films
7Official Secrets$57,453-27%331290$174$1,105,0463IFC Films
8Spider-Man: Far from Home$42,585-32%710-723$60$389,344,76811Sony / Columbia
10The Art of Racing in the Rain$29,925-32%473-267$63$25,896,420620th Century Fox
11Don't Let Go$26,432-38%413-509$64$5,034,3063OTL Releasing
12The Farewell$24,978-20%229-139$109$17,207,50810A24
13Toy Story 4$23,159-21%410-230$56$432,442,02313Disney
1447 Meters Down: Uncaged$21,254-40%537-438$40$21,615,1695Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
15Tod@s Caen$18,403-45%211-160$87$2,498,9873Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Blinded by the Light$16,787-16%265-203$63$11,717,2485Warner Bros
17Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$13,697-9%192-78$71$9,105,9975United Artists Releasing
20The Secret Life of Pets 2$7,125-8%119-20$60$158,250,76015Universal
21The Kitchen$4,941-23%11035$45$12,113,8556Warner Bros.
22Annabelle Comes Home$4,187-33%144-70$29$74,042,80712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 18 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$9,500-1%779$123$441,5214Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
3Out Of Liberty$6,462-70%35--$185$106,1051Purdie Distribution
5Mr. Klein$4,512-5%1--$4,512$61,3892Rialto Pictures
6The Fighting Preacher$3,976-44%251$159$780,1088Purdie Distribution
8Brian Banks$2,938-25%6848$43$4,352,0216Bleecker Street
9Menteur$2,910-60%51-2$57$4,577,87110Entertainment One
10Mission Mangal$2,421-49%43-51$56$3,652,9015FIP
11Before You Know It$1,665-15%28-3$59$111,40531091
12Men in Black: International$1,564-7%50-25$31$79,825,14014Sony / Columbia
13One Child Nation$1,3649%11--$124$250,0336Amazon Studios
14Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$1,03146%34-14$30$1,013,16511Roadside Attractions
15Chasing Einstein$960-2%4--$240$12,3481Atlas Distribution
16The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$840-48%11-5$76$141,4744Entertainment One
17The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$712-85%9-7$79$1,777,20312ArtAffects Entertainment
18The Sound of Silence$621-4%2--$311$7,2841IFC Films
19Rapid Response$620-28%102$62$12,3772Atlas Distribution
20Desolation Center$61057%3--$203$6,5591Matson Films
21Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$6011013%5-3$120$31,5995GKIDS
22The Nightingale (2019)$543137%15-32$36$397,7177IFC Films
23Echo In the Canyon$378-73%10-9$38$3,341,61817Greenwich Entertainment
24A Brother's Love$327-51%92$36$529,07215Entertainment One
25Another Day of Life$31727%2--$159$2,6841GKIDS
26End of the Century$279-32%1-2$279$28,8425
27Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$148-91%1--$148$63,34918Rialto Pictures
28Free Trip To Egypt$14324%4-3$36$45,70416Matson Films
29Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$10886%21$54$589,36510Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
30I'm Leaving Now$20100%10$20$1,9252Cinema Guild