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 Sat, Nov. 3 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bohemian Rhapsody$18,869,7500%4,000--$4,717$37,681,314120th Century Fox
2The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$8,648,24847%3,766--$2,296$14,538,4101Walt Disney Pictures
3Nobody's Fool$5,665,13517%2,468--$2,295$10,507,2381Paramount
4Halloween (2018)$4,840,30540%3,775-215$1,282$147,700,5753Universal Pictures
5A Star is Born$4,766,23045%3,431-473$1,389$162,581,9435Warner Bros.
6Venom$3,608,41175%3,067-500$1,177$196,483,4685Sony / Columbia
7Smallfoot$1,853,547152%2,002-660$926$76,269,0496Warner Bros.
8Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$1,802,349112%2,828-895$637$42,783,3994Sony
9The Hate U Give$1,534,07565%1,507-868$1,018$22,523,019520th Century Fox
10Hunter Killer$1,493,23440%2,720-8$549$12,000,5132Lionsgate / Summit
11First Man$979,39550%1,712-1247$572$41,421,5154Universal
12Night School$948,83073%1,271-720$747$73,892,8156Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beautiful Boy$577,61447%540348$1,070$2,773,9914Amazon
2Johnny English Strikes Again$471,77074%5528$855$2,959,1402Universal Pictures
3Can You Ever Forgive Me?$450,64645%180155$2,504$1,480,5543Fox Searchlight
4The Old Man & The Gun$425,26638%765-277$556$8,903,5286Fox Searchlight
5Free Solo$422,76249%363-29$1,165$6,566,4906National Geographic Entertainment
6Indivisible$305,10222%742-88$411$2,685,4622Pure Flix
7Suspiria$278,055-40%311309$894$990,4892Amazon Studios
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$250,650122%510-532$491$67,185,8457Universal Pictures
9Bad Times At The El Royale$129,02243%322-1476$401$17,397,433420th Century Fox
10Crazy Rich Asians$113,80361%208-73$547$173,146,33612Warner Bros.
11Incredibles 2$81,239114%150-10$542$608,059,84621Disney
12Colette$78,15363%130-105$601$4,730,7727Bleecker Street
13Disney's Christopher Robin$68,06574%16517$413$98,978,17914Disney
14The Nun$58,33865%211-124$276$117,241,7729Warner Bros.
15Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$55,00224%267-200$206$3,501,2324GVN Releasing
16A Simple Favor$30,26757%102-120$297$53,346,0228Lionsgate
17The Sisters Brothers$28,32045%146-628$194$2,986,0487Annapurna Pictures
18Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$27,423164%104-71$264$167,382,29819Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boy Erased$77,6132%5--$15,523$153,9911Focus Features
2Wildlife$52,14854%5537$948$377,6323IFC Films
3A Private War$27,94749%4--$6,987$46,6511Aviron Pictures
4Tea With the Dames$22,34353%52-17$430$667,9517IFC Films
7What They Had$16,04755%3712$434$148,0813Bleecker Street
8The Predator$15,363108%72-36$213$50,962,2898Fox
9Alpha$12,43980%41-24$303$35,790,55712Sony / Columbia
10Searching$12,06865%5227$232$25,981,41211Sony Pictures
11Hell Fest$11,17348%92-815$121$11,092,8836Lionsgate / CBS Films
12Viper Club$10,70824%7067$153$37,6252Roadside Attractions
13In Search of Greatness$9,732-38%16--$608$25,4731Art of Sport
14White Boy Rick$5,70959%38-26$150$24,001,8098Sony / Studio 8
15Little Women (2018)$3,82155%3626$106$1,366,2796Pinnacle Peak
16Mandy$3,42917%5--$686$1,213,5818RLJE Films
17Silencio$1,81534%33-315$55$152,8082Tulip Pictures
18The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$1,69447%5-38$339$63,1282Rialto Pictures
19Senso$1,52146%10$1,521$10,8012Rialto Pictures
20Unbroken: Path to Redemption$1,460-7%11-10$133$6,202,9008Pure Flix
21The Fireflies are Gone$1,43640%4-6$359$241,1337
22Pick of the Litter$817383%4-7$204$521,26610IFC Films
23London Fields$7365%32-581$23$249,0922GVN Releasing
24God Bless the Broken Road$71890%5-5$144$2,844,1009Freestyle Releasing
25The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales$508--10$508$35,7873GKIDS
26Little Italy$45444%1--$454$989,52011Lionsgate Premiere
27All About Nina$4289%5-3$86$100,3146The Orchard
28Blaze$370-54%6-6$62$688,15212IFC Films / Sundance Selects
29Operation Finale$366135%3-5$122$17,610,74610MGM
31Beautifully Broken$131-47%21$66$1,209,22011ArtAffects Entertainment
32Black '47$26-42%2-1$13$47,7726IFC Films