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 Tue, Oct. 10 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 10 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle of the Sexes$8,277,2251815%1,822609$4,543$8,572,2843Fox Searchlight
2Blade Runner 2049$3,557,142-20%4,058--$877$40,781,2831Warner Bros.
3The Mountain Between Us$1,343,805-5%3,088--$435$13,311,222120th Century Fox
4American Made$1,095,485-17%3,0317$361$33,239,1102Universal
5Kingsman: The Golden Circle$1,004,197-30%3,488-550$288$82,986,4003Fox
6It (2017)$881,594-38%3,605-312$245$307,562,3625Warner Bros. / New Line
7The LEGO Ninjago Movie$558,316-71%3,611-436$155$46,539,1143Warner Bros.
8My Little Pony: The Movie$554,344-61%2,528--$219$10,845,2841Lionsgate
9Flatliners$470,373-24%2,5520$184$13,591,7882Sony Pictures
10American Assassin$175,821-23%1,656-1364$106$34,852,7334CBS Films / Lionsgate
11Home Again$73,163-23%1,003-1367$73$26,522,0115Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 10 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Victoria & Abdul$593,425-16%732655$811$7,290,1393Focus Features
2The Stray$88,408-21%640--$138$797,4521Purdie Distribution
3‘Til Death Do Us Part$80,999-18%550-12$147$2,850,8812Novus Content
4A Question Of Faith$73,097-10%608-53$120$1,942,9352Pure Flix Entertainment
6Stronger$37,754-41%335-310$113$3,872,3073Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
7Judwaa 2$35,883-32%1920$187$1,272,6322FIP
8Dunkirk$32,686-25%313-88$104$187,337,99512Warner Bros.
9Wind River$28,769-24%356-536$81$33,299,47210The Weinstein Company
10Spider-Man: Homecoming$27,601-46%326-353$85$333,204,10014Sony / Columbia
11Despicable Me 3$24,890-64%304-115$82$262,731,97015Universal
12The Hitman's Bodyguard$21,999-31%314-805$70$75,073,8438Lionsgate / Summit
13The Emoji Movie$21,714-63%254-116$85$85,274,93311Sony / Columbia
14Leap!$18,574-71%401-329$46$21,299,4367The Weinstein Company
15Brad's Status$13,430-37%247-206$54$2,064,3904Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
16Cars 3$11,015-51%13143$84$152,636,33917Disney
17Wonder Woman$9,217-23%155-106$59$412,421,74819Warner Bros.
18The Glass Castle$7,578-6%113-23$67$17,254,3469Lionsgate Lionsgate
19Annabelle: Creation$7,508-25%188-197$40$101,806,3349Warner Bros. / New Line
20War for the Planet of the Apes$7,372-33%121-83$61$146,598,41313Fox
21Friend Request$7,346-5%154-1927$48$3,715,3733Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
22The Dark Tower$6,018-17%114-119$53$50,658,07010Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 10 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Florida Project$15,028-30%4--$3,757$193,2181A24
2Earth: One Amazing Day$7,018-59%70--$100$69,8781Atlas Distribution
3Baby Driver$5,708-31%95-82$60$107,784,36715Sony / TriStar
4Girls Trip$4,885-19%90-89$54$115,099,24512Universal
5Kidnap$4,480-26%779$58$30,607,84310Aviron Pictures
6All Saints$3,15711%65-117$49$5,756,5077Sony Pictures
7Logan Lucky$2,520-3%61-139$41$27,701,6118Bleeker Street
8The Big Sick$2,128-47%34-47$63$42,830,78516Lionsgate
9Good Time$2,027-43%6-7$338$2,004,6329A24
10Beach Rats$1,450-31%14-6$104$461,3997Neon
12Ingrid Goes West$455-37%10-38$46$3,017,2359Neon
13Detroit$40538%11-10$37$16,789,19311Annapurna Pictures
15Tulip Fever$350-84%12-30$29$2,401,9016Weinstein Company
16Trophy$29435%16-5$18$20,2565The Orchard
17Dina$28238%1--$282$6,5011The Orchard
18Super Dark Times$245-36%5-16$49$30,3842The Orchard
1947 Meters Down$233-31%7-21$33$44,306,21417Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20Signature Move$2187%10$218$24,6752Newcity
21Love, Kennedy$208-29%2-1$104$408,86219Purdie Distribution
22In Pursuit of Silence$85-11%10$85$25,29416Cinema Guild
23Rat Film$76-86%21$38$25,8904Cinema Guild
24The Hero$28-20%2--$14$4,077,33318The Orchard