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 Sat, Sep. 16 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 16 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It (2017)$25,835,61135%4,1030$6,297$203,708,3012Warner Bros. / New Line
2American Assassin$5,475,601-5%3,154--$1,736$11,259,0891CBS Films / Lionsgate
4Home Again$2,293,37338%3,03696$755$15,759,2202Open Road
5The Hitman's Bodyguard$1,652,62862%3,272-50$505$69,479,0215Lionsgate / Summit
6Annabelle: Creation$1,171,29453%2,117-886$553$99,238,1126Warner Bros. / New Line
7Wind River$1,153,17650%2,619-271$440$28,491,4077The Weinstein Company
8Leap!$1,002,887115%2,416-275$415$18,011,2774The Weinstein Company
9Spider-Man: Homecoming$882,82378%1,436-221$615$329,765,71211Sony / Columbia
10Dunkirk$597,18254%1,478-632$404$184,822,1409Warner Bros.
11Logan Lucky$472,53956%1,401-766$337$26,606,1935Bleeker Street
12The Emoji Movie$472,455150%1,151-299$410$83,571,3368Sony / Columbia
13The Dark Tower$363,34666%1,235287$294$49,747,0207Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 16 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Canelo Vs. GGG: Supremacy (Fathom)$703,396--465--$1,513$703,3961Fathom Events
2Despicable Me 3$412,130152%983-291$419$260,813,19012Universal
3Wonder Woman$310,27772%659-302$471$411,252,84516Warner Bros.
4Girls Trip$254,90544%733-390$348$114,198,7659Universal
5The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature$219,516178%846-389$259$27,930,2086Open Road
6War for the Planet of the Apes$156,02166%470-183$332$145,762,28210Fox
7The Big Sick$155,31368%338-197$460$42,417,33213Lionsgate
8All Saints$153,21134%750-84$204$5,130,4264Sony Pictures
9The Glass Castle$152,33843%698-339$218$16,630,9606Lionsgate Lionsgate
10Baby Driver$133,28552%381-237$350$106,999,34712Sony / TriStar
11Atomic Blonde$84,31052%270-120$312$51,320,6258Focus Features
12Cars 3$79,236130%259-251$306$152,226,27014Disney
13Birth Of The Dragon$54,85067%275-427$199$6,797,9204OTL Releasing
14Kidnap$53,13561%506-412$105$30,387,0027Aviron Pictures
15Tulip Fever$50,12553%247-525$203$2,205,5263Weinstein Company
16Hazlo Como Hombre$40,818-1%226-156$181$2,264,7553Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets$35,28664%151-78$234$40,419,9739EuropaCorp/STXfilms
18Ingrid Goes West$34,51850%100-100$345$2,882,4786Neon
19Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$27,81882%115-28$242$172,519,72317Disney
20Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)$20,38777%138-649$148$3,065,3203Sony

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 16 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brad's Status$39,84644%4--$9,962$67,5051Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
3Beach Rats$29,94155%6733$447$297,3364Neon
447 Meters Down$24,376103%99-50$246$44,221,70314Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
5Captain Underpants$22,295116%83-20$269$73,798,98816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Because of Gracia$17,884-13%32--$559$38,5151ArtAffects Entertainment
7Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$12,28694%80-49$154$389,796,49820Disney
8Good Time$10,76551%29-46$371$1,921,1766A24
9Detroit$10,34762%91-60$114$16,744,2938Annapurna Pictures
10Poster Boys$7,12189%500$142$83,4172Sony Pictures Releasing International
11Patti Cake$$6,59250%46-143$143$769,6385Fox Searchlight
12Napping Princess$4,737104%228$215$24,6482GKIDS
13Lady Macbeth$3,71739%22-1$169$1,101,66410Roadside Attractions
14Rat Film$3,32355%2--$1,662$5,4681Cinema Guild
15Beatriz at Dinner$2,75319%12-11$229$7,076,20115Roadside Attractions
16The Only Living Boy In New York$2,097111%14-9$150$617,4576Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
17Love, Kennedy$1,114-19%62$186$399,65416Purdie Distribution
18Abracadabra$69716%10--$70$1,3001Sony Pictures
19Trophy$527-49%21$264$6,2852The Orchard
20The Hero$505-37%8-15$63$4,073,74515The Orchard
21The Girl Without Hands$422-7%50$84$20,2979GKIDS
22We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$3328%4-3$83$25,8757Purdie Distribution
23Served Like a Girl$23-26%10$23$8,2144Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures