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 Mon, Oct. 22 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Halloween (2018)$4,644,210-71%3,928--$1,182$80,865,7551Universal Pictures
2A Star is Born$1,843,623-66%3,884176$475$127,970,9513Warner Bros.
3Venom$1,288,117-74%3,887-363$331$172,352,0993Sony / Columbia
4First Man$672,280-69%3,6400$185$30,434,4652Universal
5The Hate U Give$507,101-75%2,3032055$220$11,251,082320th Century Fox
6Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$458,608-84%3,5210$130$29,269,5932Sony
7Bad Times At The El Royale$441,574-52%2,8080$157$13,903,442220th Century Fox
8Smallfoot$388,489-80%3,032-574$128$66,716,4004Warner Bros.
9Night School$323,350-73%2,296-484$141$67,122,6904Universal
10The House With A Clock In Its Walls$118,770-77%1,588-1203$75$65,119,7505Universal Pictures
11The Sisters Brothers$106,600-51%1,1411012$93$2,093,2935Annapurna Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Old Man & The Gun$239,561-58%802574$299$4,524,8984Fox Searchlight
2National Theatre Live: Frankenstein Encore 2018$223,882--512--$437$223,8820Fathom Events Fathom Events
3Free Solo$125,321-55%251122$499$3,731,1694National Geographic Entertainment
4Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$91,469-54%511-157$179$2,545,3722GVN Releasing
5Colette$78,465-59%520-23$151$3,788,5285Bleecker Street
6Crazy Rich Asians$54,008-62%402-336$134$172,304,05710Warner Bros.
7A Simple Favor$38,581-58%492-960$78$52,940,1606Lionsgate
8The Nun$34,748-61%623-551$56$116,782,3627Warner Bros.
9The Oath$22,717-66%300290$76$287,9132Roadside Attractions
10Incredibles 2$11,431-76%176-18$65$607,724,84519Disney
11The Meg$9,718-76%2031$48$142,848,96311Warner Bros.
12Hell Fest$9,137-54%263-605$35$10,768,1444Lionsgate / CBS Films
13Peppermint$7,813-65%152-149$51$35,328,6277STX Entertainment
14Disney's Christopher Robin$6,024-63%108-357$56$98,725,37912Disney
15The Predator$6,014-69%141-235$43$50,858,1076Fox
16Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$5,948-82%160-25$37$167,216,19617Sony / Columbia
17Ant-Man and the Wasp$3,647-72%105-27$35$216,604,40416Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beautiful Boy$38,295-67%4642$833$726,2352Amazon
3Can You Ever Forgive Me?$17,121-67%5--$3,424$178,6311Fox Searchlight
4Tea With the Dames$12,713-54%714$179$448,0015IFC Films
5Wildlife$8,950-73%4--$2,238$113,5391IFC Films
6Alpha$4,791-72%8622$56$35,711,71010Sony / Columbia
7White Boy Rick$3,880-22%57-133$68$23,941,0346Sony / Studio 8
8Fahrenheit 11/9$3,470-59%37-58$94$6,268,2015Briarcliff Entertainment
9Monsters and Men$2,456-50%25-40$98$484,4734Neon
10Searching$2,238-24%34-93$66$25,946,3419Sony Pictures
11Unbroken: Path to Redemption$2,101-55%52-72$40$6,186,6706Pure Flix
12Little Women (2018)$1,87167%19-28$98$1,345,6194Pinnacle Peak
13Slender Man$1,819-73%57-10$32$30,544,78211Sony / Screen Gems
14Juliet, Naked$1,485-41%133$114$3,441,76810Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
15What They Had$1,460-67%4--$365$19,1431Bleecker Street
16The Fireflies are Gone$1,218-38%10-3$122$227,0495
17Operation Finale$740-46%14-32$53$17,605,9148MGM
18Pick of the Litter$648-73%16-18$41$514,2098IFC Films
19Lizzie$604-44%8-4$76$639,8266Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
20All About Nina$524-45%8-46$66$94,1504The Orchard
21Sorry To Bother You$345-17%3-6$115$17,490,94816Annapurna Pictures
22Beautifully Broken$248-69%1-1$248$1,206,7269ArtAffects Entertainment
23Bigger$187-25%5-56$37$45,9442Freestyle Releasing
24God Bless the Broken Road$150-75%6-13$25$2,838,3567Freestyle Releasing
25Little Italy$13411%41$34$987,9279Lionsgate Premiere
26Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$89-56%1--$89$445,9137GKIDS
27Blaze$86-89%12-19$7$682,43310IFC Films / Sundance Selects
28The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales$39-96%4--$10$33,5081GKIDS
29Black '47$32-92%5-95$6$46,0454IFC Films