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, Oct. 16 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Star is Born$3,934,19134%3,70822$1,061$101,473,0132Warner Bros.
2Venom$3,735,72232%4,2500$879$148,679,6742Sony / Columbia
3First Man$1,785,19036%3,640--$490$19,103,9251Universal
4Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$1,193,97151%3,521--$339$17,786,5031Sony
5Bad Times At The El Royale$971,56620%2,808--$346$8,916,938120th Century Fox
6Night School$800,05034%2,780-239$288$60,957,7253Universal
7Smallfoot$711,48014%3,606-525$197$58,711,9023Warner Bros.
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$335,14020%2,791-672$120$62,734,6154Universal Pictures
9A Simple Favor$185,56236%1,452-956$128$52,309,2505Lionsgate
10The Nun$139,32014%1,174-1090$119$116,161,6256Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hate U Give$237,69249%248212$958$2,846,449220th Century Fox
2Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$191,71632%668--$287$1,500,3281GVN Releasing
3Colette$172,92432%543436$318$2,855,8634Bleecker Street
4The Old Man & The Gun$127,24525%228179$558$1,932,0533Fox Searchlight
5Crazy Rich Asians$118,66025%738-728$161$171,540,3869Warner Bros.
6Free Solo$113,7541%12988$882$2,359,8863National Geographic Entertainment
8Hell Fest$81,19026%868-1429$94$10,597,0183Lionsgate / CBS Films
9The Sisters Brothers$45,72624%12975$354$1,158,9274Annapurna Pictures
10The Predator$26,10417%376-1267$69$50,753,7645Fox
11Peppermint$23,76125%301-512$79$35,208,3156STX Entertainment
12Mission: Impossible - Fallout$20,66432%221-140$94$220,124,18812Paramount
13White Boy Rick$18,1117%190-690$95$23,886,6865Sony / Studio 8
14Disney's Christopher Robin$16,5601%465-1173$36$98,628,49711Disney
15Incredibles 2$15,272-6%194-50$79$607,505,93618Disney
16Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$9,592-2%185-45$52$167,051,17916Sony / Columbia
17The Meg$7,9846%202-331$40$142,689,49510Warner Bros.
18Ant-Man and the Wasp$7,92117%132-46$60$216,534,18515Disney
19Unbroken: Path to Redemption$7,4386%124-211$60$6,158,2215Pure Flix
20Searching$7,17034%127-285$56$25,922,7298Sony Pictures
21Black '47$2,98818%10094$30$38,9833IFC Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 16 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane and Emma$23,56566%21--$1,122$122,2641Excel Entertainment / Purdie Distribution
2Beautiful Boy$15,808-3%4--$3,952$251,0731Amazon
3Tea With the Dames$13,590-3%6722$203$321,9644IFC Films
4Fahrenheit 11/9$9,25132%95-327$97$6,219,9884Briarcliff Entertainment
5Monsters and Men$4,9960%65-78$77$455,8953Neon
6Little Women (2018)$4,77662%47-404$102$1,321,0373Pinnacle Peak
7All About Nina$3,92829%5431$73$84,5723The Orchard
8Bigger$3,6718%61--$60$38,5321Freestyle Releasing
9Slender Man$3,271-3%6737$49$30,512,17110Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fireflies are Gone$2,82155%13-10$217$214,4294
11Alpha$2,75952%64-39$43$35,647,8729Sony / Columbia
12Pick of the Litter$2,70354%34-26$80$500,4777IFC Films
13Operation Finale$2,50927%46-65$55$17,593,8587MGM
14The Oath$2,47226%10--$247$33,5101Roadside Attractions
15Juliet, Naked$2,39411%10-23$239$3,157,7069Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
16Sorry To Bother You$1,46569%9-2$163$17,487,62915Annapurna Pictures
17Assassination Nation$1,36813%5-10$274$2,000,2654Neon
18Blaze$1,01218%31-46$33$676,7819IFC Films / Sundance Selects
19Shine (2018)$806-54%26-583$31$1,500,3282GVN Releasing
20Three Identical Strangers$755-50%10-13$76$12,319,83616Neon
21Lizzie$595-29%12-13$50$634,3275Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
22God Bless the Broken Road$4118%19-34$22$2,835,0856Freestyle Releasing
23Little Italy$292349%3--$97$986,5828Lionsgate Premiere
24A.X.L.$263131%25-30$11$6,500,8508Global Road Entertainment
25Hale County This Morning, This Evening$198-23%21$99$29,8085Cinema Guild
26Stavisky$57-54%10$57$13,3192Rialto Pictures
27We The Animals$30-6%3-4$10$400,7939The Orchard
28Beautifully Broken$25-98%1-1$25$1,204,0068ArtAffects Entertainment