Grosses

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 Sat, Jun. 9 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 9 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ocean's 8$14,888,802-4%4,145--$3,592$30,412,0491Warner Bros.
2Solo: A Star Wars Story$6,551,17962%4,335-46$1,511$171,558,2883Disney
3Deadpool 2$5,900,67055%3,823-338$1,543$274,726,2174Fox
4Hereditary$4,658,468-9%2,964--$1,572$9,804,9721A24
5Avengers: Infinity War$2,998,63363%2,882-688$1,040$652,732,6187Disney
6Adrift$2,116,45138%3,0150$702$20,339,8562STX Entertainment
7Book Club$1,652,08431%2,802-367$590$55,587,8214Paramount Pictures
8Hotel Artemis$1,166,7575%2,407--$485$2,276,0501Global Road
9Upgrade$953,39057%1,4581$654$8,522,4252OTL Releasing
10Life Of The Party$931,41944%1,842-669$506$49,738,7115Warner Bros. / New Line
11Breaking In$627,60565%1,162-520$540$43,643,0705Universal Pictures
12Overboard$453,96754%1,056-172$430$47,176,3306Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Action Point$380,89143%2,0320$187$4,215,2852Paramount Pictures
14Show Dogs$305,08141%1,148-1179$266$16,148,1104Global Road Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 9 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Quiet Place$446,11352%904-252$493$185,200,14310Paramount
2RBG$313,11386%375-57$835$8,914,9336Magnolia Pictures
3First Reformed$224,09049%334243$671$1,579,5764A24
4Rampage$209,79368%403-99$521$95,769,2859Warner Bros
5Ready Player One$87,05650%248-23$351$136,345,95211Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
6Black Panther$58,55557%186-98$315$699,346,88717Disney
7I Feel Pretty$57,44837%207-108$278$48,578,9838STX Entertainment
8Sherlock Gnomes$55,04439%210-40$262$43,090,94212Paramount / MGM
9On Chesil Beach$53,87265%203114$265$526,5814Bleecker Street
10Disobedience$43,39286%101-57$430$3,241,4937Bleecker Street
11Blockers$43,27560%126-26$343$59,763,51510Universal
12A Wrinkle in Time$41,21839%157-30$263$98,111,16514Walt Disney Pictures
13Isle of Dogs$40,47069%115-14$352$31,552,54412Fox Searchlight
14I Can Only Imagine$24,97149%108-16$231$83,238,04313Roadside Attractions
15Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$20,62544%127-146$162$1,740,8204Focus Features

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 9 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$179,62923%29--$6,194$325,1681Focus Features
2American Animals$87,73631%4238$2,089$342,2762The Orchard
3Super Troopers 2$52,14057%77-61$677$30,462,182820th Century Fox
42001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$38,54261%50$7,708$1,021,1184Warner Bros.
5Pandas$36,88613%350$1,054$1,974,96910Warner Bros.
6Let The Sunshine In$14,92473%50-17$298$750,0847IFC Films
7Beast$12,73378%83-9$153$702,9275Roadside Attractions
8Game Night$9,88055%580$170$68,967,84716Warner Bros.
9Mary Shelley$8,31579%3021$277$56,2243IFC Films
10Peter Rabbit$8,02243%61-23$132$115,226,39718Sony / Columbia
11The Death of Stalin$7,357123%14-12$526$7,970,86314IFC Films
12The Miracle Season$6,793-24%28-3$243$10,158,99610LD Entertainment
13The Greatest Showman$4,98385%21-11$237$174,034,12025Fox
14En el Séptimo Día$4,4203%2--$2,210$8,7131Cinema Guild
15Chappaquiddick$3,83558%29-39$132$17,358,42110Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
16Beirut$2,42536%20-10$121$5,011,9039Bleecker Street
17How To Talk To Girls At Parties$2,25034%18-85$125$78,5053A24
18A Kid Like Jake$1,63311%43$408$16,0372IFC Films
19God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$1,523102%5-4$305$5,727,09811Pure Flix
20You Were Never Really Here$1,41534%16-1$88$2,522,48210Amazon Studios
21Rodin$1,25281%40$313$11,6872Cohen Media Group
22Reign of Judges: Title of Liberty - Concept Short$68812%3--$229$70,33013
23Lu Over the Wall$266660%40$67$107,9645GKIDS
24Claire's Camera$20124%1-1$201$77,13314Cinema Guild
25The Day After$11918%21$60$21,3975Cinema Guild