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, Sep. 14 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 14 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Predator$10,303,059--4,037--$2,552$10,303,0591Fox
2A Simple Favor$5,956,444--3,102--$1,920$5,956,4441Lionsgate
3The Nun$5,904,289167%3,8760$1,523$72,780,6142Warner Bros.
4White Boy Rick$3,469,034--2,504--$1,385$3,469,0341Sony / Studio 8
5Crazy Rich Asians$2,523,852138%3,385-480$746$143,375,7565Warner Bros.
6Peppermint$1,712,583102%2,9800$575$9,888,3872STX Entertainment
7The Meg$1,048,632272%2,851-660$368$134,330,8226Warner Bros.
8Searching$1,007,437145%2,0090$501$17,428,5404Sony Pictures
9Unbroken: Path to Redemption$817,023--1,620--$504$817,0231Pure Flix
10Mission: Impossible - Fallout$611,344119%1,761-573$347$214,431,6818Paramount
11Disney's Christopher Robin$478,127160%1,902-616$251$93,471,6147Disney
12Operation Finale$359,02073%1,472-346$244$15,505,3253MGM
13Alpha$260,08270%1,534-987$170$33,601,0995Sony / Columbia
14God Bless the Broken Road$139,31639%1,201-71$116$2,109,5482Freestyle Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 14 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1BlacKkKlansman$358,14558%942-605$380$45,009,0956Focus Features
2Incredibles 2$152,436114%710-736$215$605,021,46114Disney
3Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$135,797205%673-339$202$164,641,89612Sony / Columbia
4Slender Man$106,381179%402-581$265$30,022,2896Sony / Screen Gems
5Ant-Man and the Wasp$101,683182%356-192$286$215,119,47411Disney
6Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$89,58548%455-159$197$119,465,5209Universal Pictures
7Juliet, Naked$81,86431%265-202$309$2,813,4305Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
8Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$76,215216%320-259$238$416,076,29513Universal
9Mile 22$74,666-21%413-1389$181$35,338,1565STX Entertainment
10Ya Veremos$66,277127%254-115$261$3,588,5723Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
11The Equalizer 2$63,25155%268-378$236$101,867,0619Sony / Columbia
12The Happytime Murders$40,190-39%310-1529$130$20,499,7874STX Entertainment
13Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$34,200293%241-57$142$29,187,7778Warner Bros.
14The Spy Who Dumped Me$23,340169%157-50$149$33,396,4137Lionsgate
15Eighth Grade$21,17524%101-75$210$13,361,01810A24
16Skyscraper$18,550131%118-35$157$67,625,56510Universal Pictures
17Where Hands Touch$17,983--103--$175$17,9831Vertical Entertainment
18A.X.L.$10,701-24%110-445$97$6,332,9314Global Road Entertainment
19Kin (2018)$9,266-78%116-2025$80$5,646,9653Lionsgate / Summit
20Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$5,830--327--$18$1,942,63018Focus Features

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 14 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Three Identical Strangers$27,22250%95-37$287$12,010,25712Neon
2Blaze$23,405388%360$650$299,5325IFC Films / Sundance Selects
3Pick of the Litter$22,651603%3323$686$110,0013IFC Films
4The Riot Act$18,320--9--$2,036$18,3201Hannover House
5Lizzie$17,094--4--$4,274$17,0941Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
6Sorry To Bother You$16,33649%47-25$348$17,313,16411Annapurna Pictures
7Ocean's 8$10,539100%89-39$118$139,336,60315Warner Bros.
8Dog Days$10,342266%51-32$203$6,782,2906LD Entertainment / Mirror
9Leave No Trace$8,6328%76-18$114$5,962,76112Bleeker Street
10The Darkest Minds$8,073229%57-22$142$12,642,040720th Century Fox
11We The Animals$7,58213%486$158$317,7895The Orchard
12The Dawn Wall$6,295--2--$3,148$6,2951The Orchard
13The Children Act$4,907--3--$1,636$4,9071A24
14Little Italy$4,264-33%42-29$102$957,6684Lionsgate Premiere
15Deadpool 2$4,027323%21-16$192$318,472,90918Fox
16Hale County This Morning, This Evening$3,624--2--$1,812$3,6241Cinema Guild
17Sicario: Day of the Soldado$3,57078%26-14$137$50,056,23612Sony / Black Label
18Solo: A Star Wars Story$3,18234%40-22$80$213,752,93617Disney
19McQueen$2,576-30%12-3$215$1,227,5069Bleecker Street
20Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$2,138-9%3-488$713$418,8512GKIDS
21When You Read This Letter$1,21222%1--$1,212$3,0931Rialto
22The Fall of The American Empire$84515%6-6$141$2,045,06912Sony Pictures Classics
23Beautifully Broken$793-64%12-37$66$1,180,6404ArtAffects Entertainment
24Death of a Nation$762-66%10-48$76$5,870,8067Quality Flix / Pure Flix
25Far From The Tree$153-83%4-3$38$155,8999IFC Films / Sundance Selects
26En el Séptimo Día$121--1--$121$74,84315Cinema Guild
27The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$103-69%3-1$34$396,6214GKIDS
28Whitney$21-68%3-2$7$3,025,85211Roadside Attractions