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 Mon, May. 28 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solo: A Star Wars Story$18,596,323-24%4,381--$4,245$103,016,8121Disney
2Deadpool 2$10,367,286-33%4,3490$2,384$218,537,6812Fox
3Avengers: Infinity War$5,159,885-22%3,768-234$1,369$627,649,1805Disney
4Book Club$3,049,479-19%2,81029$1,085$35,329,1702Paramount Pictures
5Life Of The Party$1,496,263-25%2,937-719$509$40,860,7393Warner Bros. / New Line
6Breaking In$1,216,110-20%1,985-552$613$37,089,3503Universal Pictures
7Show Dogs$1,063,185-18%3,2120$331$11,925,0752Global Road Entertainment
8Overboard$1,004,830-23%1,196-624$840$42,632,8104Lionsgate / Pantelion
9A Quiet Place$697,388-24%1,524-803$458$180,830,9108Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RBG$340,257-41%41637$818$6,242,7784Magnolia Pictures
2Rampage$252,844-22%688-778$368$94,192,4057Warner Bros
3I Feel Pretty$139,747-22%551-954$254$47,818,4536STX Entertainment
4Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$134,3502%38539$349$1,249,7752Focus Features
5Black Panther$127,885-25%440-495$291$698,745,23315Disney
6Disobedience$124,401-29%224-23$555$2,697,1885Bleecker Street
7Ready Player One$68,099-18%241-147$283$135,731,9549Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
8Isle of Dogs$67,364-21%162-126$416$31,184,19110Fox Searchlight
9Sherlock Gnomes$65,047-32%298-121$218$42,648,49810Paramount / MGM
10Tully$64,970-23%191-479$340$8,991,0954Focus Features
11A Wrinkle in Time$59,197-18%202-28$293$97,735,77012Walt Disney Pictures
12The Rider$58,720--107--$549$1,431,3957Sony Pictures Classics
13I Can Only Imagine$44,27722%153-121$289$83,044,19611Roadside Attractions
14Super Troopers 2$41,294-77%221-257$187$29,954,048620th Century Fox
16Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$26,145-30%153-227$171$40,531,4307Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1First Reformed$81,579-25%2925$2,813$516,4012A24
2Beast$56,572-20%9362$608$473,5313Roadside Attractions
3How Long Will I Love U$46,668--23--$2,029$251,4011Well Go USA
4Pandas$38,477-4%350$1,099$1,633,6648Warner Bros.
5The Seagull$34,980--29--$1,206$359,8063Sony Pictures Classics
6Let The Sunshine In$33,626-21%7021$480$579,7945IFC Films
72001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$31,176-23%40$7,794$452,2112Warner Bros.
8On Chesil Beach$27,777-21%2521$1,111$177,2662Bleecker Street
9Chappaquiddick$18,480-22%74-76$250$17,284,7638Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10Peter Rabbit$17,54611%98-47$179$115,135,41616Sony / Columbia
11The Gospel According to André$16,969--4--$4,242$64,7711Magnolia Pictures
12Traffik$14,416-22%75-6$192$9,166,7926Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
13The Death of Stalin$14,374-26%35-10$411$7,898,60112IFC Films
14The Miracle Season$13,2449%53-48$250$10,089,5098LD Entertainment
15102 Not Out$12,579-22%43-59$293$1,317,7214Sony Pictures Releasing International
16Tomb Raider$11,129-19%75-59$148$57,409,66211Warner Bros.
17Tyler Perry's Acrimony$9,840-16%40-76$246$43,462,2569Lionsgate
18A Bag Of Marbles$7,420--11--$675$337,54010Gaumont
19Game Night$6,802-42%60-61$113$68,900,03614Warner Bros.
20Always at the Carlyle$6,726--13--$517$62,7533Good Deed Entertainment
21Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$6,535-21%36-31$182$404,508,91523Sony / Columbia
22The Greatest Showman$6,464-1%35-32$185$173,990,23523Fox
23Summer 1993$6,072--4--$1,518$27,3791Oscilloscope Laboratories
24The Leisure Seeker$5,037--26--$194$3,168,50712Sony Pictures Classics
25You Were Never Really Here$4,741-27%19-13$250$2,491,4108Amazon Studios
26The Guardians$4,723--10--$472$56,2254Music Box Films
27Beirut$4,457-33%12-3$371$4,980,9797Bleecker Street
28Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat$4,307--14--$308$108,1353Magnolia Pictures
29Mary Shelley$4,127-16%2--$2,064$16,6971IFC Films
30Finding Your Feet$3,249-41%20-10$162$1,400,9579Roadside Attractions
31How To Talk To Girls At Parties$3,008-11%2--$1,504$15,6821A24
32Champion$2,937--4--$734$89,4613Well Go USA Entertainment
33Hubble 3D$2,863--3--$954$52,219,674428Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$2,5205%20-10$126$3,106,8867Fun Academy
35Filmworker$2,300--5--$460$51,3923Kino Lorber
36Love, Simon$2,153-29%21-11$103$40,817,6941120th Century Fox
37Under the Sea 3D$1,848--6--$308$35,900,008485Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Les Parents Terribles (2018 re-release)$1,797--1--$1,797$7,1291Cohen Media Group
39Keep The Change$1,706--7--$244$190,38711Kino Lorber
40Lean on Pete$1,597-53%23-21$69$1,142,5208A24
41Death Wish$1,516-47%16-9$95$34,013,41913MGM
42Red Sparrow$1,433--13--$110$46,860,1571320th Century Fox
43God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$1,424-2%13-32$110$5,717,1499Pure Flix
44The Endless$1,418--7--$203$261,7258Well Go USA Entertainment
45The Desert Bride$1,368--4--$342$17,3984Strand Releasing
46Who We Are Now$1,320--1--$1,320$6,5081FilmRise
47The Day After$1,228-17%20$614$18,8873Cinema Guild
48Sollers Point$1,148--4--$287$25,8933Oscilloscope Laboratories
49Zama$947--5--$189$175,9707Strand Releasing
50Revenge (2018)$894-42%9--$99$100,0913Neon
51Saving Brinton$856--2--$428$31,66336Barn Owl Pictures
52Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami$844--7--$121$323,8317Kino Lorber
54Leaning Into The Wind$749--3--$250$387,23712Magnolia Pictures
55The Misandrists$619--1--$619$3,8971Cartilage Films
56Bye Bye Germany$606--3--$202$46,6317Film Movement
57Deep Sea 3D$578--2--$289$46,351,963639Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$530212%1--$530$24,3227Rialto Pictures
59Oh Lucy!$446--4--$112$365,25813Film Movement
60Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$405--4--$101$817,38727Zeitgeist
61Lu Over the Wall$351-21%5-7$70$103,5923GKIDS
62Final Portrait$341--7--$49$455,47510Sony Pictures Classics
64The Most Unknown$326--1--$326$7,6752Abramorama
65Jet Trash$317--6--$53$12,8535Indican Pictures
66Cold Water$307--1--$307$23,8025Janus Films
67Foxtrot$305--5--$61$615,63313Sony Pictures Classics
68Getting Grace$288-45%2-1$144$217,81210Hannover House
69Godard Mon Amour$192--2--$96$82,2646Cohen Media Group
70Born to Be Wild 3D$128--3--$43$25,707,813373Warner Bros. / IMAX
71Mrs. Hyde$104--1--$104$10,9045Cartilage Films
72The Happys$104--1--$104$18,15511Indican Pictures