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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 26 - Sun, Oct. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Halloween (2018)$31,419,070-59%3,99062$7,874$126,075,4702Universal Pictures
2A Star is Born$14,037,079-26%3,90420$3,596$148,614,4794Warner Bros.
3Venom$10,652,381-41%3,567-320$2,986$187,134,6954Sony / Columbia
4Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$7,284,207-25%3,723202$1,957$38,133,0163Sony
5Hunter Killer$6,653,777--2,728--$2,439$6,653,7771Lionsgate / Summit
6The Hate U Give$5,101,859-33%2,37572$2,148$18,301,864420th Century Fox
7First Man$4,865,575-42%2,959-681$1,644$37,808,6553Universal
8Smallfoot$4,761,614-28%2,662-370$1,789$72,602,6645Warner Bros.
9Night School$3,236,025-34%1,991-305$1,625$71,433,0505Universal
11The Old Man & The Gun$1,763,032-17%1,042240$1,692$7,177,1295Fox Searchlight
12Bad Times At The El Royale$1,354,507-60%1,798-1010$753$16,548,243320th Century Fox
13The House With A Clock In Its Walls$1,050,965-42%1,042-546$1,009$66,523,9806Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1Johnny English Strikes Again$1,638,895--544--$3,013$1,638,8951Universal Pictures
2Indivisible$1,503,101--830--$1,811$1,503,1011Pure Flix
3Free Solo$1,133,71911%392141$2,892$5,255,7005National Geographic Entertainment
4Beautiful Boy$653,61861%192146$3,404$1,495,8153Amazon
5Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli Fest 2018$494,054--720--$686$494,0541Fathom Events
6Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$390,412-39%467-44$836$3,207,6363GVN Releasing
7Crazy Rich Asians$350,113-35%281-121$1,246$172,825,17811Warner Bros.
8Colette$331,764-46%235-285$1,412$4,411,9366Bleecker Street
9The Sisters Brothers$278,498-63%774-367$360$2,749,5436Annapurna Pictures
10Hell Fest$174,047122%907644$192$10,975,6705Lionsgate / CBS Films
11The Nun$172,369-59%335-288$515$117,060,7628Warner Bros.
12London Fields$168,575--613--$275$168,5751GVN Releasing
13A Simple Favor$150,585-58%222-270$678$53,225,9057Lionsgate
14Incredibles 2$138,566-20%160-16$866$607,899,05020Disney
15The Meg$95,916-31%168-35$571$142,976,04312Warner Bros.
16Disney's Christopher Robin$93,15953%14840$629$98,835,10913Disney
17Silencio$90,480--348--$260$90,4801Tulip Pictures
18Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$86,141-38%17515$492$167,321,69118Sony / Columbia
19The Predator$46,815-28%108-33$433$50,923,2967Fox
20Fahrenheit 11/9$39,17046%289252$136$6,319,6066Briarcliff Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

1Can You Ever Forgive Me?$356,365121%2520$14,255$586,5042Fox Searchlight
2Suspiria$184,037--2--$92,019$184,0371Amazon Studios
3Wildlife$107,5613%1814$5,976$245,6802IFC Films
4Andhadhun$99,707-33%620$1,608$1,106,2954Eros Entertainment
5The Happy Prince$80,26536%7146$1,130$223,9903Sony Pictures Classics
6Tea With the Dames$79,838-3%69-2$1,157$574,1756IFC Films
7The Wife$78,731-40%82-48$960$7,608,50611Sony Pictures Classics
9What They Had$60,514242%2521$2,421$85,5652Bleecker Street
10Peppermint$44,958-42%88-64$511$35,400,0978STX Entertainment
11The Guilty$40,150-33%20-9$2,008$129,6942Magnolia Pictures
12The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$39,565--43--$920$39,5651Rialto Pictures
13Alpha$31,623-41%65-21$487$35,759,22611Sony / Columbia
14White Boy Rick$28,41517%647$444$23,977,1547Sony / Studio 8
15Burning$26,130--2--$13,065$26,1301Well Go USA Entertainment
16Ant-Man and the Wasp$25,036-50%68-37$368$216,640,06017Disney
17Studio 54$19,713-11%147$1,408$129,0744Zeitgeist Films
18The Price of Everything$18,98713%87$2,373$45,6992HBO Films
19Rampant$18,326--2--$9,163$18,3261Well Go USA Entertainment
20The Oath$17,861-92%92-208$194$387,4313Roadside Attractions
21The Lost Village$15,3561728%10$15,356$1,6602First Run Features
22Viper Club$14,180--3--$4,727$14,1801Roadside Attractions
23Slender Man$14,078-43%37-20$380$30,564,82512Sony / Screen Gems
24Shine (2018)$13,129--17--$772$327,4854GVN Releasing
26Monsters and Men$8,751-38%10-15$875$500,1015Neon
271945$8,476-36%9-4$942$981,77852Menemsha Films
28Love, Gilda$7,835-26%18-1$435$612,4786Magnolia Pictures
29Searching$7,193-35%25-9$288$25,957,08310Sony Pictures
30Wings of Desire (2018 re-release)$6,999-46%10$6,999$32,2022Janus Films
31Namaste England$6,695-90%710$94$100,8032Eros Entertainment
32Life and Nothing More$6,536--6--$1,089$7,6491CFI Releasing
33Monrovia, Indiana$5,172--1--$5,172$5,1721Zipporah Films
34Kusama - Infinity$4,75425%7-2$679$330,5968Magnolia Pictures
35Unbroken: Path to Redemption$4,668-67%21-31$222$6,197,1817Pure Flix
36Little Women (2018)$4,534-65%10-9$453$1,355,9555Pinnacle Peak
37The Fireflies are Gone$4,139-45%100$414$234,5816
38Senso$3,984--1--$3,984$3,9841Rialto Pictures
39Puzzle$3,80447%84$476$2,026,26514Sony Pictures Classics
40Pick of the Litter$2,703-59%11-5$246$519,1509IFC Films
41The Great Battle$2,590-64%2-2$1,295$470,6576Well Go USA Entertainment
42Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco$2,496898%54$499$37,3597Film Movement
43God Bless the Broken Road$2,4250%104$243$2,841,7448Freestyle Releasing
45The Cakemaker$2,225-6%20$1,113$871,57718Strand Releasing
46Golden Job$2,169-41%1-1$2,169$284,4005Well Go USA Entertainment
47All About Nina$2,039-28%80$255$98,1525The Orchard
48Un Traductor$1,845-58%21$923$6,7542Film Movement
49Blaze$1,7841%120$149$685,18211IFC Films / Sundance Selects
50On Her Shoulders$1,524-65%21$762$10,6582Oscilloscope Laboratories
51El Pacto$1,453--10--$145$1,4531SIR
52Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story$1,442-53%21$721$7,0902Abramorama
53Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)$1,393--1--$1,393$29,65014Distrib Films Us
54Museo$1,255-70%4-2$314$134,3717Vitagraph Films
55Beautifully Broken$1,192-50%21$596$1,207,81310ArtAffects Entertainment
56The Advocates$969-78%10$969$9,5232Cinema Libre Studio
57To the Arctic 3D$943--1--$943$14,533,883341Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Operation Finale$856-84%8-6$107$17,608,5049MGM
59Born to Be Wild 3D$851-15%51$170$25,779,594395Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Sorry To Bother You$795-40%2-1$398$17,492,89017Annapurna Pictures
61Black '47$789-53%3-2$263$46,9865IFC Films
62Hale County This Morning, This Evening$748--2--$374$31,4047Cinema Guild
63Under the Sea 3D$71424%41$179$35,979,693507Warner Bros. / IMAX
64I Am Not a Witch$55972%73$80$44,8818Film Movement
65Painless$487--1--$487$6,5256Indican Pictures
66The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales$435-82%1-3$435$34,9392GKIDS
68The Rider$287--2--$144$2,403,14329Sony Pictures Classics
69Hubble 3D$268-84%5-2$54$52,339,471450Warner Bros. / IMAX
70Over the Limit$255--2--$128$2,7883Film Movement
71Stella's Last Weekend$90-69%2-2$45$3,7623Paladin
72Journey to the South Pacific$77-42%10$77$7,641,286257IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
73Helicopter Eela$59-93%700$1$71,8383Eros International