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 Wed, Oct. 17 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Star is Born$2,928,489-26%3,70822$790$104,401,5022Warner Bros.
2Venom$2,238,934-40%4,2500$527$150,918,6082Sony / Columbia
3First Man$1,257,490-30%3,640--$345$20,361,4151Universal
4Bad Times At The El Royale$604,831-38%2,808--$215$9,521,769120th Century Fox
5Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$600,573-50%3,521--$171$18,387,0761Sony
6Night School$513,830-36%2,780-239$185$61,471,5553Universal
7Smallfoot$466,902-34%3,606-525$129$59,178,8043Warner Bros.
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$222,830-34%2,791-672$80$62,957,4454Universal Pictures
9A Simple Favor$130,100-30%1,452-956$90$52,439,3505Lionsgate
10The Nun$107,824-23%1,174-1090$92$116,269,4496Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$174,348-9%668--$261$1,674,6761GVN Releasing
2The Hate U Give$146,029-39%248212$589$2,992,478220th Century Fox
3Colette$128,080-26%543436$236$2,983,9434Bleecker Street
4Free Solo$121,1967%12988$940$2,481,0823National Geographic Entertainment
5The Old Man & The Gun$104,649-18%228179$459$2,036,7023Fox Searchlight
6Crazy Rich Asians$89,317-25%738-728$121$171,629,7039Warner Bros.
7Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) presented by TCM$61,533--590--$104$144,7381Fathom Events
8Hell Fest$54,632-33%868-1429$63$10,651,6503Lionsgate / CBS Films
9The Sisters Brothers$37,878-17%12975$294$1,196,8054Annapurna Pictures
10The Predator$19,144-27%376-1267$51$50,772,9085Fox
11Peppermint$19,040-20%301-512$63$35,227,3556STX Entertainment
12Mission: Impossible - Fallout$17,047-18%221-140$77$220,141,23512Paramount
13White Boy Rick$14,457-20%190-690$76$23,901,1435Sony / Studio 8
14Incredibles 2$13,786-10%194-50$71$607,519,72218Disney
15Disney's Christopher Robin$12,399-25%465-1173$27$98,640,89611Disney
16Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$9,143-5%185-45$49$167,060,32216Sony / Columbia
17Ant-Man and the Wasp$7,060-11%132-46$53$216,541,24515Disney
18Unbroken: Path to Redemption$5,690-24%124-211$46$6,163,9115Pure Flix
19Searching$5,461-24%127-285$43$25,928,1908Sony Pictures
20The Meg$5,379-33%202-331$27$142,694,87410Warner Bros.
21Black '47$2,672-11%10094$27$41,6553IFC Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beautiful Boy$18,33316%4--$4,583$269,4061Amazon
2Tea With the Dames$14,8579%6722$222$336,8214IFC Films
3Fahrenheit 11/9$9,7766%95-327$103$6,229,7644Briarcliff Entertainment
4Jane and Emma$9,260-61%21--$441$131,5241Excel Entertainment / Purdie Distribution
5Monsters and Men$5,99520%65-78$92$461,8903Neon
6Little Women (2018)$3,395-29%47-404$72$1,324,4323Pinnacle Peak
7Bigger$3,154-14%61--$52$41,6861Freestyle Releasing
8All About Nina$3,125-20%5431$58$87,6973The Orchard
9Slender Man$2,969-9%6737$44$30,515,14010Sony / Screen Gems
10Operation Finale$2,82313%46-65$61$17,596,6817MGM
11Pick of the Litter$2,7853%34-26$82$503,2627IFC Films
12The Oath$2,444-1%10--$244$35,9541Roadside Attractions
13Alpha$2,371-14%64-39$37$35,650,2439Sony / Columbia
14Juliet, Naked$2,354-2%10-23$235$3,160,0609Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
15The Fireflies are Gone$2,121-25%13-10$163$216,5504
16Blaze$1,86584%31-46$60$678,6469IFC Films / Sundance Selects
17Assassination Nation$1,191-13%5-10$238$2,001,4564Neon
18Shine (2018)$91013%26-583$35$311,8922GVN Releasing
19Sorry To Bother You$853-42%9-2$95$17,488,48215Annapurna Pictures
20Lizzie$75928%12-13$63$635,0865Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
21Three Identical Strangers$422-44%10-13$42$12,320,25816Neon
22A.X.L.$38145%25-30$15$6,501,2318Global Road Entertainment
23God Bless the Broken Road$253-38%19-34$13$2,835,3386Freestyle Releasing
24Stavisky$219284%1-1$219$13,5382Rialto Pictures
25We The Animals$143377%3-4$48$400,9369The Orchard
26Little Italy$124-58%3--$41$986,7068Lionsgate Premiere
27Hale County This Morning, This Evening$113-43%21$57$29,9215Cinema Guild
28Beautifully Broken$250%1-1$25$1,204,0318ArtAffects Entertainment