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 Thu, Sep. 19 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hustlers$2,346,300-11%3,236--$725$45,545,2131STX Entertainment
2It Chapter Two$1,736,190-12%4,5700$380$161,920,5632Warner Bros
3Angel Has Fallen$326,631-23%3,076-153$106$62,289,6794Lionsgate
4Good Boys$283,380-18%2,736-457$104$74,795,6055Universal Pictures
5Overcomer$213,964-15%2,293140$93$30,067,2034Sony Pictures
6The Lion King$190,279-7%2,365-245$80$535,020,3049Walt Disney Pictures
7The Goldfinch$176,057-29%2,542--$69$3,780,1031Warner Bros.
8The Peanut Butter Falcon$152,446-18%1,490180$102$15,743,4966Roadside Attractions
9Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$133,490-29%2,050-249$65$169,153,8107Universal Pictures
10Dora and the Lost City of Gold$77,917-17%1,348-440$58$57,144,4296Paramount Pictures
11Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$73,398-22%1,494-607$49$64,829,7366CBS Films / Lionsgate
12Ready or Not$58,143-34%1,095-1255$53$28,060,8354Fox Searchlight
13The Angry Birds Movie 2$41,927-23%1,184-670$35$39,840,5915Sony Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Bennett's War$159,086101%128-162$1,243$999,7923Forrest Films
3Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$118,758-28%957-445$124$137,513,4308Sony Pictures
4Brittany Runs A Marathon$109,971-24%757527$145$4,298,2214Amazon Studios
5Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$83,653-15%220213$380$1,213,9402Greenwich Entertainment
6Official Secrets$38,871-32%331290$117$1,143,9173IFC Films
7Spider-Man: Far from Home$31,250-27%710-723$44$389,376,01811Sony / Columbia
8The Farewell$26,0774%229-139$114$17,233,58510A24
10The Art of Racing in the Rain$23,466-22%473-267$50$25,919,886620th Century Fox
11Toy Story 4$20,956-10%410-230$51$432,462,97913Disney
1247 Meters Down: Uncaged$15,001-29%537-438$28$21,630,1705Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
13Blinded by the Light$12,620-25%265-203$48$11,729,8685Warner Bros
15Tod@s Caen$12,025-35%211-160$57$2,511,0123Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$11,611-15%192-78$60$9,117,6085United Artists Releasing
18The Secret Life of Pets 2$6,505-9%119-20$55$158,257,26515Universal
19Annabelle Comes Home$6,09846%144-70$42$74,048,90512Warner Bros.
20The Kitchen$4,289-13%11035$39$12,118,1446Warner Bros.
21The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$798-5%11094$7$142,2724Entertainment One

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Don't Let Go$17,602-33%87-835$202$5,051,9083OTL Releasing
2Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$9,226-3%779$120$450,7474Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
4Out Of Liberty$5,861-9%35--$167$111,9661Purdie Distribution
5Mr. Klein$5,82929%1--$5,829$67,2182Rialto Pictures
8Menteur$3,92435%51-2$77$4,581,79510Entertainment One
9The Fighting Preacher$3,145-21%251$126$783,2538Purdie Distribution
10Brian Banks$2,768-6%6848$41$4,354,7896Bleecker Street
11Men in Black: International$1,71710%50-25$34$79,826,85714Sony / Columbia
12Before You Know It$1,6811%28-3$60$113,08631091
13One Child Nation$1,4597%11--$133$251,4926Amazon Studios
14Mission Mangal$981-59%43-51$23$3,653,8825FIP
15Echo In the Canyon$874131%10-9$87$3,342,49217Greenwich Entertainment
16The Sound of Silence$79428%2--$397$8,0781IFC Films
17Chasing Einstein$708-26%3--$236$13,0561Atlas Distribution
18Desolation Center$67210%3--$224$7,2311Matson Films
19Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love$655-36%34-14$19$1,013,82011Roadside Attractions
20Another Day of Life$50660%2--$253$3,1901GKIDS
21End of the Century$41147%1-3$411$29,2535
22The Nightingale (2019)$403-26%15-32$27$398,0867IFC Films
23The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$402-44%9-7$45$1,777,84512ArtAffects Entertainment
24A Brother's Love$3342%92$37$529,40615Entertainment One
25Rapid Response$312-50%102$31$12,6892Atlas Distribution
26Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$302-50%5-3$60$31,9015GKIDS
27Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable$216100%21$108$589,58110Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
28Free Trip To Egypt$17522%4-3$44$45,87916Matson Films
29Last Year at Marienbad (2019 re-issue)$76-49%1--$76$63,42518Rialto Pictures