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, Nov. 5 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bohemian Rhapsody$4,385,123-67%4,000--$1,096$55,446,242120th Century Fox
2The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$1,098,896-81%3,766--$292$21,451,3871Walt Disney Pictures
3A Star is Born$1,007,952-66%3,431-473$294$166,545,6015Warner Bros.
4Nobody's Fool$910,133-72%2,468--$369$14,653,2441Paramount
5Halloween (2018)$718,595-72%3,775-215$190$150,943,1653Universal Pictures
6Venom$608,273-72%3,067-500$198$199,298,7955Sony / Columbia
7Hunter Killer$343,823-64%2,720-8$126$13,312,0682Lionsgate / Summit
8The Hate U Give$270,377-70%1,507-868$179$23,684,723520th Century Fox
9Smallfoot$254,333-80%2,002-660$127$77,795,3066Warner Bros.
10Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$217,822-81%2,828-895$77$44,123,8584Sony
11First Man$199,235-64%1,712-1247$116$42,173,4904Universal
12Night School$159,065-68%1,271-720$125$74,544,5656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Old Man & The Gun$140,073-51%765-277$183$9,326,6626Fox Searchlight
2Beautiful Boy$134,960-64%540348$250$3,283,9294Amazon
3Free Solo$111,538-62%363-29$307$6,974,1946National Geographic Entertainment
4Can You Ever Forgive Me?$89,201-67%180155$496$1,841,6593Fox Searchlight
5Suspiria$82,677-66%311309$266$1,313,4162Amazon Studios
6Indivisible$77,199-62%742-88$104$2,967,9182Pure Flix
7Johnny English Strikes Again$76,925-74%5528$139$3,330,9202Universal Pictures
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$34,540-79%510-532$68$67,383,5907Universal Pictures
9Bad Times At The El Royale$31,851-59%322-1476$99$17,506,467420th Century Fox
10Colette$20,152-61%130-105$155$4,803,1957Bleecker Street
11Crazy Rich Asians$18,760-69%208-73$90$173,225,36312Warner Bros.
12Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$17,088-62%267-200$64$3,563,7104GVN Releasing
13Mamma Mia! 10th Anniversary$16,225-31%243--$67$39,6011Fathom Events
14The Nun$10,066-71%211-124$48$117,287,0869Warner Bros.
15Incredibles 2$9,807-80%150-10$65$608,119,32421Disney
16The Sisters Brothers$8,705-54%146-628$60$3,013,6177Annapurna Pictures
17Disney's Christopher Robin$8,012-76%16517$49$99,018,99414Disney
18A Simple Favor$6,933-57%102-120$68$53,369,0548Lionsgate
19Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$2,669-86%104-71$26$167,403,99819Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boy Erased$21,430-60%5--$4,286$228,4871Focus Features
2Wildlife$20,812-32%5537$378$429,0483IFC Films
4Tea With the Dames$8,482-60%52-17$163$698,4577IFC Films
5What They Had$6,257-54%3712$169$168,0503Bleecker Street
7In Search of Greatness$4,531-39%16--$283$37,4831Art of Sport
8Viper Club$3,853-47%7067$55$48,7122Roadside Attractions
9A Private War$3,843-72%4--$961$64,3341Aviron Pictures
10Searching$2,562-68%5227$49$25,991,93511Sony Pictures
11The Predator$2,217-75%72-36$31$50,973,4628Fox
12Alpha$1,948-78%41-24$48$35,801,52412Sony / Columbia
13Hell Fest$1,663-76%92-815$18$11,101,4346Lionsgate / CBS Films
14White Boy Rick$1,541-49%38-26$41$24,006,3748Sony / Studio 8
15Little Women (2018)$1,170-50%3626$33$1,369,7946Pinnacle Peak
16London Fields$80014%32-581$25$250,5962GVN Releasing
17Senso$753-34%10$753$12,7002Rialto Pictures
18Silencio$726-69%33-315$22$155,9102Tulip Pictures
19Unbroken: Path to Redemption$710-48%11-10$65$6,204,9738Pure Flix
20Pick of the Litter$476-70%4-7$119$523,35410IFC Films
21Blaze$367104%6-6$61$688,87812IFC Films / Sundance Selects
22The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$363-60%2-41$182$64,3922Rialto Pictures
24The Fireflies are Gone$226-64%4-6$57$241,9897
25God Bless the Broken Road$202-55%5-5$40$2,844,7519Freestyle Releasing
26Shine (2018)$161--4-13$40$332,9945GVN Releasing
27Operation Finale$128-53%3-5$43$17,611,14510MGM
28Little Italy$57-66%1--$57$989,74511Lionsgate Premiere
29Beautifully Broken$51-82%21$26$1,209,55311ArtAffects Entertainment
30Black '47$39-13%2-1$20$47,8556IFC Films