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 Tue, Sep. 18 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Predator$2,502,22732%4,037--$620$29,035,7221Fox
2A Simple Favor$2,297,53380%3,102--$741$19,585,4821Lionsgate
3The Nun$1,939,24348%3,8760$500$88,362,3072Warner Bros.
4White Boy Rick$1,208,02747%2,504--$482$10,891,5651Sony / Studio 8
5Crazy Rich Asians$1,109,59354%3,385-480$328$151,370,1185Warner Bros.
6Peppermint$955,83589%2,9800$321$25,641,5522STX Entertainment
7Searching$532,566105%2,0090$265$20,393,2994Sony Pictures
8Unbroken: Path to Redemption$378,60276%1,620--$234$2,832,8281Pure Flix
9The Meg$372,92560%2,851-660$131$137,750,5706Warner Bros.
10Mission: Impossible - Fallout$292,85160%1,761-573$166$216,581,6028Paramount
11Disney's Christopher Robin$206,78022%1,902-616$109$95,519,7237Disney
12Operation Finale$156,68924%1,472-346$106$16,588,7013MGM
13Alpha$135,84750%1,534-987$89$34,642,1055Sony / Columbia
14God Bless the Broken Road$83,48976%1,201-71$70$2,533,4832Freestyle Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1BlacKkKlansman$169,65521%942-605$180$46,221,5756Focus Features
2Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary$110,027--519--$212$323,7701Fathom Events
3Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$63,18552%455-159$139$119,832,2109Universal Pictures
4Incredibles 2$58,95324%710-736$83$605,722,30814Disney
5Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$55,07932%673-339$82$165,379,83512Sony / Columbia
6Ant-Man and the Wasp$42,38446%356-192$119$215,478,91711Disney
7Ya Veremos$42,070109%254-115$166$3,853,7303Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
8Mile 22$35,94562%413-1389$87$35,921,8145STX Entertainment
9Juliet, Naked$33,77726%265-202$127$3,066,0055Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
10The Equalizer 2$29,28770%268-378$109$102,050,7329Sony / Columbia
11Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$27,02036%320-259$84$416,339,13013Universal
12The Happytime Murders$18,78830%310-1529$61$20,626,2674STX Entertainment
13Slender Man$14,96724%402-581$37$30,265,7166Sony / Screen Gems
14The Spy Who Dumped Me$11,56045%157-50$74$33,473,2297Lionsgate
15Eighth Grade$10,77424%101-75$107$13,437,00110A24
16Skyscraper$8,01544%118-35$68$67,698,99510Universal Pictures
17Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$7,5833%241-57$31$29,328,9628Warner Bros.
18Kin (2018)$5,60263%116-2025$48$5,677,1493Lionsgate / Summit
19Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$5,3157%327--$16$1,970,17518Focus Features
20A.X.L.$4,01024%110-445$36$6,388,2004Global Road Entertainment
21Moses$150--673--$0$1,515,7931Fathom Events
22Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan$13-100%681--$0$658,8821Fathom Events

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Three Identical Strangers$15,01750%95-37$158$12,114,99112Neon
2Sorry To Bother You$9,50540%47-25$202$17,369,56111Annapurna Pictures
3Pick of the Litter$8,37246%3323$254$184,1033IFC Films
4Blaze$7,02332%360$195$353,5965IFC Films / Sundance Selects
5Lizzie$5,94222%4--$1,486$58,4001Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
6Leave No Trace$5,78750%76-18$76$5,994,41512Bleeker Street
7Ocean's 8$5,04050%89-39$57$139,370,02615Warner Bros.
8We The Animals$4,32611%486$90$347,1615The Orchard
9Little Italy$3,005145%42-29$72$972,4594Lionsgate Premiere
10The Dawn Wall$2,83824%2--$1,419$26,7461The Orchard
11The Riot Act$2,340-14%9--$260$33,9151Hannover House
12The Children Act$1,90054%3--$633$21,4261A24
13McQueen$1,88216%12-3$157$1,239,1749Bleecker Street
14Sicario: Day of the Soldado$1,75814%26-14$68$50,069,14712Sony / Black Label
15The Darkest Minds$1,60710%57-22$28$12,664,063720th Century Fox
16Dog Days$1,37282%51-32$27$6,798,0496LD Entertainment / Mirror
17Hale County This Morning, This Evening$1,26449%2--$632$10,7531Cinema Guild
18Solo: A Star Wars Story$1,22211%40-22$31$213,765,30817Disney
19When You Read This Letter$1,098-13%1--$1,098$9,4021Rialto
20Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$1,056-38%3-488$352$423,4612GKIDS
21The Fall of The American Empire$851110%6-6$142$2,048,30112Sony Pictures Classics
22The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$494274%3-1$165$398,2934GKIDS
23Deadpool 2$43949%21-16$21$318,481,66418Fox
24Death of a Nation$429-3%10-48$43$5,873,4927Quality Flix / Pure Flix
25Beautifully Broken$388-5%8-37$49$1,184,4814ArtAffects Entertainment
26En el Séptimo Día$205--1--$205$75,62115Cinema Guild