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, Nov. 2 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 2 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Bad Moms Christmas$2,009,550-20%3,615--$556$4,526,1060STX Entertainment
3Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$377,492-11%2,3880$158$38,308,4232Lionsgate
4Geostorm$366,228-15%3,2460$113$25,735,3412Warner Bros.
5Blade Runner 2049$344,627-10%2,421-782$142$83,221,1304Warner Bros.
6Happy Death Day$314,165-5%3,535237$89$50,153,5053Universal / Blumhouse
7Only The Brave$285,6280%2,5770$111$13,380,4672Sony Pictures
8Thank You For Your Service$283,0906%2,054--$138$5,094,7301Universal Pictures
9The Foreigner$238,282-17%2,505-10$95$30,397,9833STX Entertainment
11Victoria & Abdul$208,5956%1,044-16$200$18,654,7196Focus Features
12American Made$130,420-8%1,558-1001$84$49,179,8355Universal
13It (2017)$125,208-22%2,5600$49$324,878,4348Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Snowman$106,865-12%1,8153$59$6,373,2802Universal
15Same Kind of Different as Me$100,9696%1,238-124$82$5,306,4202Pure Flix Entertainment
16Kingsman: The Golden Circle$89,546-23%1,232-1086$73$97,864,0526Fox
17The Mountain Between Us$82,276-3%1,586-1565$52$28,494,787420th Century Fox
18My Little Pony: The Movie$44,089-10%1,682-619$26$20,258,5514Lionsgate
19The LEGO Ninjago Movie$42,459-33%1,474-628$29$56,718,8236Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 2 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I'll Push You (Fathom)$378,899--557--$680$378,8990Fathom Events
2Let There Be Light$136,1458%373--$365$2,392,3561Atlas
3Marshall$82,9526%8210$101$7,320,7693Open Road
4The Florida Project$63,01313%14533$435$2,362,9434A24
5Goodbye Christopher Robin$37,184-5%198137$188$806,3853Fox Searchlight
6Battle of the Sexes$26,39912%270-275$98$12,132,4466Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me 3$12,055-8%210-127$57$263,555,98518Universal
8Dunkirk$11,82683%108-80$110$187,880,46115Warner Bros.
9All I See is You$11,065-22%283--$39$208,3601Open Road
10Flatliners$9,654-13%263-272$37$16,764,7085Sony Pictures
11Spider-Man: Homecoming$7,9010%181-28$44$333,951,93617Sony / Columbia
12Breathe$7,155-1%148-167$48$372,4013Bleeker Street
13The Hitman's Bodyguard$7,0554%147-25$48$75,468,58311Lionsgate / Summit
14American Assassin$6,8648%175-137$39$36,136,1067CBS Films / Lionsgate
15Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$6,56826%181-778$36$1,555,3893Annapurna Pictures
16The Emoji Movie$5,141-32%19812$26$85,822,87714Sony / Columbia
17Home Again$4,44415%126-32$35$26,993,1588Open Road
18Annabelle: Creation$2,4116%126-12$19$102,092,20112Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 2 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Killing of a Sacred Deer$32,54823%3329$986$506,9252A24
2Wonderstruck$10,365-14%4238$247$269,3512Roadside / Amazon
3Wind River$3,967-9%80-41$50$33,643,56313The Weinstein Company
4The Stray$3,70418%74-65$50$1,515,6654Purdie Distribution
5War for the Planet of the Apes$3,46013%58-15$60$146,808,95016Fox
6Cars 3$2,8887%83-11$35$152,901,11520Disney
7Leap!$2,18627%62-54$35$21,551,78810The Weinstein Company
8A Question Of Faith$1,695-49%46-26$37$2,360,6465Pure Flix Entertainment
9BPM (Beats Per Minute)$1,5878%42$397$28,9102The Orchard
10‘Til Death Do Us Part$1,5686%41-55$38$3,433,6235Novus Content
11Dina$1,44482%19-1$76$63,3544The Orchard
12Logan Lucky$1,39945%45-25$31$27,772,17711Bleeker Street
13Stronger$1,386-15%43-41$32$4,157,7436Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
14Wonder Woman$1,35440%55-29$25$412,550,94222Warner Bros.
15Kidnap$1,21428%27-5$45$30,700,31713Aviron Pictures
16Tulip Fever$1,10346%1711$65$2,418,6049Weinstein Company
17American Satan$851-31%43-7$20$233,8193Sumerian
18Friend Request$59628%32-8$19$3,757,1626Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
19The Work$509-3%2--$255$5,8531The Orchard
20Rat Film$293-1%10$293$32,4417Cinema Guild