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. 31 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Halloween (2018)$5,547,30546%3,99062$1,390$137,885,7152Universal Pictures
2A Star is Born$1,302,272-30%3,90420$334$153,108,9904Warner Bros.
3Venom$965,481-15%3,567-320$271$190,033,6014Sony / Columbia
4Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$702,18414%3,723202$189$39,818,3713Sony
5Hunter Killer$666,682-31%2,728--$244$8,913,0631Lionsgate / Summit
6First Man$594,755-4%2,959-681$201$39,428,0903Universal
7The Hate U Give$395,104-37%2,37572$166$19,714,574420th Century Fox
8The Old Man & The Gun$301,5402%1,042240$289$7,971,5455Fox Searchlight
9Smallfoot$288,4821%2,662-370$108$73,412,8105Warner Bros.
10Night School$262,760-14%1,991-305$132$72,218,2755Universal
12Bad Times At The El Royale$172,907-16%1,798-1010$96$17,075,580320th Century Fox
13The House With A Clock In Its Walls$102,01527%1,042-546$98$66,764,0606Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Puccini: La Fanciulla del West$257,684--480--$537$1,023,2331Fathom Events
2Indivisible$159,658-21%830--$192$2,003,5791Pure Flix
3Johnny English Strikes Again$145,050-29%544--$267$2,102,6051Universal Pictures
4Free Solo$127,102-22%392141$324$5,680,5125National Geographic Entertainment
5Beautiful Boy$67,185-27%192146$350$1,727,0653Amazon
6Colette$53,6218%235-285$228$4,557,6596Bleecker Street
7Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$49,969-11%467-44$107$3,361,2793GVN Releasing
8The Sisters Brothers$49,442-7%774-367$64$2,892,3226Annapurna Pictures
9Hell Fest$42,63657%907644$47$11,063,3375Lionsgate / CBS Films
10Crazy Rich Asians$38,5771%281-121$137$172,930,76411Warner Bros.
11The Nun$37,48888%335-288$112$117,132,7238Warner Bros.
12London Fields$20,229-15%613--$33$232,3271GVN Releasing
13A Simple Favor$17,948-16%222-270$81$53,279,8417Lionsgate
14Silencio$15,312-20%348--$44$139,5481Tulip Pictures
15Incredibles 2$12,12230%160-16$76$607,929,24220Disney
16Disney's Christopher Robin$10,35313%14840$70$98,862,31413Disney
17Fahrenheit 11/9$7,97323%289252$28$6,344,3396Briarcliff Entertainment
18The Meg$7,95017%168-35$47$142,997,76712Warner Bros.
19Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$6,83538%17515$39$167,338,35918Sony / Columbia
20The Predator$3,7613%108-33$35$50,934,9837Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Can You Ever Forgive Me?$31,656-22%2520$1,266$691,7292Fox Searchlight
2Suspiria$19,930-2%2--$9,965$239,4581Amazon Studios
3Wildlife$14,27131%1814$793$281,8322IFC Films
4Tea With the Dames$14,18924%69-2$206$616,0646IFC Films
5What They Had$8,887-3%2521$355$113,0172Bleecker Street
7The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$6,26739%43--$146$57,5871Rialto Pictures
8Peppermint$4,802-2%88-64$55$35,414,1358STX Entertainment
9White Boy Rick$3,787-6%647$59$23,988,8517Sony / Studio 8
10The Oath$3,463-26%92-208$38$398,6433Roadside Attractions
11Alpha$3,019-11%65-21$46$35,768,10611Sony / Columbia
12Ant-Man and the Wasp$2,35016%60-45$39$216,646,32817Disney
13Searching$1,51846%25-9$61$25,960,80710Sony Pictures
14Slender Man$1,36519%37-20$37$30,568,49812Sony / Screen Gems
15The Fireflies are Gone$1,128-10%100$113$237,7246
16Viper Club$1,0211%3--$340$17,5701Roadside Attractions
17Shine (2018)$1,017-13%17--$60$330,7454GVN Releasing
18Little Women (2018)$947-44%10-9$95$1,359,5275Pinnacle Peak
19Unbroken: Path to Redemption$868140%210$41$6,198,9927Pure Flix
20God Bless the Broken Road$51868%104$52$2,842,7748Freestyle Releasing
21Senso$480-49%1--$480$6,6871Rialto Pictures
22Operation Finale$361-22%8-6$45$17,609,6569MGM
23All About Nina$331-21%80$41$99,1015The Orchard
24Pick of the Litter$176175%11-5$16$520,0029IFC Films
25Blaze$168-57%120$14$686,15711IFC Films / Sundance Selects
26The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales$117--1-3$117$35,1542GKIDS
27Black '47$107155%3-2$36$47,3015IFC Films
28Beautifully Broken$85-40%10$85$1,208,79610ArtAffects Entertainment
29Sorry To Bother You$43-51%2-1$22$17,493,07117Annapurna Pictures