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 Thu, Oct. 18 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 18 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Star is Born$2,674,744-9%3,70822$721$107,076,2462Warner Bros.
2Venom$2,101,487-6%4,2500$494$153,020,0952Sony / Columbia
3First Man$1,073,635-15%3,640--$295$21,435,0501Universal
4Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$702,73617%3,521--$200$19,089,8121Sony
5Smallfoot$572,23123%3,606-525$159$59,751,0353Warner Bros.
6Bad Times At The El Royale$520,032-14%2,808--$185$10,041,801120th Century Fox
7Night School$435,270-15%2,780-239$157$61,906,8253Universal
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$230,1453%2,791-672$82$63,187,5904Universal Pictures
9A Simple Favor$102,340-21%1,452-956$70$52,541,6905Lionsgate
10The Nun$61,514-43%1,174-1090$52$116,330,9636Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 18 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hate U Give$149,3952%248212$602$3,141,873220th Century Fox
2Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$138,944-20%668--$208$1,813,6201GVN Releasing
3Free Solo$127,6365%12988$989$2,608,7183National Geographic Entertainment
4Colette$124,260-3%543436$229$3,108,2034Bleecker Street
5The Old Man & The Gun$114,1549%228179$501$2,150,8563Fox Searchlight
6Crazy Rich Asians$80,498-10%738-728$109$171,710,2019Warner Bros.
7The Sisters Brothers$31,913-16%12975$247$1,228,7184Annapurna Pictures
8Hell Fest$28,951-47%868-1429$33$10,680,6013Lionsgate / CBS Films
9Incredibles 2$19,84744%194-50$102$607,539,56918Disney
10Mission: Impossible - Fallout$17,8695%221-140$81$220,159,10412Paramount
11Disney's Christopher Robin$17,54742%465-1173$38$98,658,44311Disney
12Peppermint$16,197-15%301-512$54$35,243,5526STX Entertainment
13The Predator$14,251-26%376-1267$38$50,787,1595Fox
14Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$11,72228%185-45$63$167,072,04416Sony / Columbia
15White Boy Rick$11,623-20%190-690$61$23,912,7665Sony / Studio 8
16Ant-Man and the Wasp$8,98427%132-46$68$216,550,22915Disney
17Unbroken: Path to Redemption$6,62316%124-211$53$6,170,5345Pure Flix
18The Meg$5,91710%202-331$29$142,700,79110Warner Bros.
19Searching$4,803-12%127-285$38$25,932,9938Sony Pictures
20Alpha$2,85420%640537$4$35,653,0979Sony / Columbia
21Black '47$2,6881%10094$27$44,3433IFC Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 18 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tea With the Dames$16,0058%6722$239$352,8264IFC Films
2Beautiful Boy$13,546-26%4--$3,387$282,9521Amazon
3Jane and Emma$12,04930%21--$574$143,5721Excel Entertainment / Purdie Distribution
4Fahrenheit 11/9$8,174-16%95-327$86$6,237,9384Briarcliff Entertainment
5Little Women (2018)$6,31986%47-404$134$1,330,7513Pinnacle Peak
6Monsters and Men$6,1152%65-78$94$468,0053Neon
7Pick of the Litter$3,68932%34-26$109$506,9517IFC Films
8Bigger$3,3576%61--$55$45,0431Freestyle Releasing
9Operation Finale$3,22314%46-65$70$17,599,9047MGM
10Slender Man$3,2078%6737$48$30,518,34710Sony / Screen Gems
11All About Nina$3,088-1%5431$57$90,7853The Orchard
12The Oath$1,942-21%10--$194$37,8961Roadside Attractions
13The Fireflies are Gone$1,758-17%13-10$135$218,3084
14Blaze$1,411-24%31-46$46$680,0579IFC Films / Sundance Selects
15Assassination Nation$1,34413%5-10$269$2,002,8004Neon
16Shine (2018)$884-3%26-583$34$312,7762GVN Releasing
17Sorry To Bother You$793-7%9-2$88$17,489,27515Annapurna Pictures
18Juliet, Naked$773-67%10-23$77$3,160,8339Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
19Lizzie$7732%12-13$64$635,8595Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
20Three Identical Strangers$58839%10-13$59$12,320,84616Neon
21Little Italy$472281%3--$157$987,1788Lionsgate Premiere
22God Bless the Broken Road$44676%19-34$23$2,835,7846Freestyle Releasing
23Stavisky$25516%1-1$255$13,7932Rialto Pictures
24Hale County This Morning, This Evening$18564%21$93$30,1065Cinema Guild
25A.X.L.$150-61%25-30$6$6,501,3818Global Road Entertainment
26Beautifully Broken$4580%1-1$45$1,204,0768ArtAffects Entertainment
27We The Animals$26-82%3-4$9$400,9629The Orchard