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. 25 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 25 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solo: A Star Wars Story$35,375,125--4,381--$8,075$35,375,1251Disney
2Deadpool 2$12,099,37579%4,3490$2,782$176,806,7272Fox
3Avengers: Infinity War$4,234,857122%3,768-234$1,124$609,429,4955Disney
4Book Club$2,717,87945%2,81029$967$24,925,8892Paramount Pictures
5Life Of The Party$1,392,374125%2,937-719$474$35,377,3603Warner Bros. / New Line
6Breaking In$1,104,880132%1,985-552$557$32,693,5353Universal Pictures
7Show Dogs$732,168138%3,2120$228$8,326,8932Global Road Entertainment
8Overboard$717,357127%1,196-624$600$39,211,7704Lionsgate / Pantelion
9A Quiet Place$626,88998%1,524-803$411$178,325,2688Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 25 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RBG$301,92687%41637$726$4,818,5644Magnolia Pictures
2Rampage$196,64582%688-778$286$93,291,6607Warner Bros
3Super Troopers 2$189,860301%221-257$859$29,489,935620th Century Fox
4I Feel Pretty$135,15142%551-954$245$47,302,2846STX Entertainment
5Black Panther$121,93485%440-495$277$698,258,17615Disney
6Disobedience$87,15163%224-23$389$2,241,2255Bleecker Street
7Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$75,74513%38539$197$881,2102Focus Features
8A Wrinkle in Time$64,184243%202-28$318$97,509,38012Walt Disney Pictures
9Sherlock Gnomes$60,746115%298-121$204$42,392,97210Paramount / MGM
11Ready Player One$50,94881%241-147$211$135,497,6979Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
12Isle of Dogs$47,79454%162-126$295$30,950,76910Fox Searchlight
13Tully$46,480-16%191-479$243$8,763,0404Focus Features
14Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$29,81540%153-227$195$40,423,1107Universal
15I Can Only Imagine$21,30115%153-121$139$82,925,71011Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 25 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1First Reformed$81,203687%2925$2,800$224,1652A24
2Beast$47,470375%9362$510$279,5453Roadside Attractions
3Pandas$26,3534%350$753$1,512,1668Warner Bros.
4Let The Sunshine In$25,095115%7021$359$461,3385IFC Films
5On Chesil Beach$24,223555%2521$969$79,1722Bleecker Street
62001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$22,6233%40$5,656$344,4202Warner Bros.
7Traffik$13,012197%75-6$173$9,113,7596Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
8102 Not Out$11,57634%43-59$269$1,269,7404Sony Pictures Releasing International
9The Miracle Season$11,54990%53-48$218$10,051,2218LD Entertainment
10Tomb Raider$9,86432%75-59$132$57,369,85411Warner Bros.
11Chappaquiddick$9,5022%74-76$128$17,225,1268Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12Game Night$9,41158%60-61$157$68,869,01114Warner Bros.
13Peter Rabbit$9,04135%98-47$92$115,085,38516Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Acrimony$8,33249%40-76$208$43,425,7629Lionsgate
15The Death of Stalin$7,86033%35-10$225$7,848,30512IFC Films
16How To Talk To Girls At Parties$4,948--2--$2,474$4,9481A24
17Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$4,59023%36-31$128$404,485,47523Sony / Columbia
18Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$4,583-64%20-10$229$3,099,3757Fun Academy
19You Were Never Really Here$4,3902%19-13$231$2,473,1348Amazon Studios
20The Greatest Showman$4,358-13%35-32$125$173,969,92423Fox
21Finding Your Feet$3,44564%20-10$172$1,387,4949Roadside Attractions
22Beirut$3,12633%12-3$261$4,965,0147Bleecker Street
23Death Wish$3,061179%16-9$191$34,005,19413MGM
24Mary Shelley$2,890--2--$1,445$2,8901IFC Films
25Love, Simon$2,67422%21-11$127$40,808,9331120th Century Fox
26Lean on Pete$1,948-27%23-21$85$1,133,7608A24
27Revenge (2018)$1,720--9--$191$96,0703Neon
28God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$813-55%13-32$63$5,712,8059Pure Flix
29The Day After$708-28%20$354$15,2573Cinema Guild
30Getting Grace$40410%2-1$202$216,54410Hannover House
31Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$184--1--$184$23,1827Rialto Pictures
32Lu Over the Wall$153-82%5-7$31$101,7043GKIDS
33Western$91--1--$91$36,73315Cinema Guild