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 Fri, May. 11 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avengers: Infinity War$15,986,612132%4,4740$3,573$501,998,7153Disney
2Life Of The Party$4,935,225--3,656--$1,350$4,935,2251Warner Bros. / New Line
3Breaking In$4,578,710--2,537--$1,805$4,578,7101Universal Pictures
4Overboard$2,177,107106%2,006383$1,085$21,671,0842Lionsgate / Pantelion
5A Quiet Place$1,816,601152%3,144-269$578$164,969,2356Paramount
6I Feel Pretty$971,427107%2,858-374$340$41,118,0034STX Entertainment
7Rampage$820,911155%2,548-603$322$87,185,5745Warner Bros
8Tully$567,94074%1,3563$419$5,311,0002Focus Features
9Black Panther$556,249138%1,370-271$406$694,810,86013Disney
11Super Troopers 2$310,79564%1,379-739$225$26,711,372420th Century Fox
12Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$298,350182%1,269-635$235$39,109,2505Universal
13Isle of Dogs$235,117128%1,046344$225$29,114,4918Fox Searchlight
14A Wrinkle in Time$192,095441%1,9841690$97$95,847,97110Walt Disney Pictures
15Bad Samaritan$151,8420%1,546-461$98$2,721,7672Electric Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RBG$314,811372%184150$1,711$1,152,5782Magnolia Pictures
2Ready Player One$220,48374%804-601$274$133,891,4027Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
3Disobedience$117,497265%10069$1,175$885,6983Bleecker Street
4Sherlock Gnomes$83,444115%608-28$137$41,437,3848Paramount / MGM
5I Can Only Imagine$83,15786%429-231$194$82,186,5269Roadside Attractions
6102 Not Out$71,90190%1020$705$763,2902Sony Pictures Releasing International
7Traffik$64,6618%381-366$170$8,699,2754Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
8Chappaquiddick$56,41727%317-199$178$16,774,7296Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
9Tyler Perry's Acrimony$44,80853%257-141$174$43,079,8847Lionsgate
10Game Night$39,519330%158-25$250$68,672,92612Warner Bros.
11Tomb Raider$38,091226%160-27$238$57,152,2949Warner Bros.
12The Miracle Season$34,78982%234-96$149$9,837,5756LD Entertainment
13The Death of Stalin$30,154--130-70$232$7,601,32210IFC Films
14Peter Rabbit$27,59479%179-53$154$114,856,61314Sony / Columbia
15You Were Never Really Here$24,359-16%102-83$239$2,300,3036Amazon Studios
16Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$24,062-4%109-21$221$2,904,5115Fun Academy
17Lean on Pete$20,1256%129-58$156$1,008,3406A24
18Pacific Rim Uprising$15,81093%112-49$141$59,117,6158Universal
19Paul, Apostle of Christ$12,41627%112-34$111$17,461,8208Sony Pictures Entertainment
20Love, Simon$11,78067%103-36$114$40,668,339920th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Let The Sunshine In$27,103326%3425$797$176,1933IFC Films
2Pandas$22,8743%350$654$1,071,8596Warner Bros.
3Lu Over the Wall$21,088--97--$217$21,0881GKIDS
4Beirut$16,17823%67-73$241$4,855,9655Bleecker Street
5Beast$15,915--4--$3,979$15,9151Roadside Attractions
6The Greatest Showman$15,35765%89-34$173$173,835,96021Fox
7Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$10,900113%98-20$111$404,383,55921Sony / Columbia
8Finding Your Feet$9,11818%611$149$1,304,4797Roadside Attractions
9God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$7,407296%6723$111$5,651,7087Pure Flix
10Death Wish$5,305169%23-6$231$33,963,44711MGM
11The Strangers: Prey At Night$2,19635%24-16$92$24,412,55510Aviron Pictures
12The Devil and Father Amorth$1,610--40$403$16,5464The Orchard
13The Day After$1,247--1--$1,247$1,2471Cinema Guild
14Getting Grace$1,211-21%40$303$202,0328Hannover House
15Western$524--2--$262$35,82913Cinema Guild
16Claire's Camera$384-19%2-2$192$71,30310Cinema Guild
17Outside In$200--10$200$68,0357The Orchard
18Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$169-73%10$169$29,0544Rialto Pictures
19Kings$135-94%5-65$27$273,3193The Orchard
20The Young Karl Marx$40-91%20$20$125,16212The Orchard