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. 6 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 6 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: Ragnarok$8,247,661-74%4,080--$2,021$130,992,6501Disney
2A Bad Moms Christmas$1,338,730-69%3,615--$370$22,623,9971STX Entertainment
4Geostorm$255,687-73%2,666-580$96$29,185,0593Warner Bros.
5Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$240,819-78%2,202-186$109$43,090,4323Lionsgate
6Blade Runner 2049$231,766-67%1,464-957$158$85,774,2685Warner Bros.
7Happy Death Day$216,005-66%2,184-1351$99$53,069,2254Universal / Blumhouse
8Thank You For Your Service$208,680-65%2,08329$100$7,511,2652Universal Pictures
9Only The Brave$180,347-66%2,073-504$87$15,480,8893Sony Pictures
10The Foreigner$154,026-68%1,456-1049$106$32,148,4234STX Entertainment
12It (2017)$80,551-68%1,081-1479$75$325,960,2739Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 6 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Let There Be Light$171,414-66%642269$267$4,261,2182Atlas
2Victoria & Abdul$133,620-63%796-248$168$19,995,2747Focus Features
3LBJ$110,009-65%659--$167$1,220,5741Electric Entertainment
4American Made$79,230-64%663-895$120$50,058,6606Universal
5Kingsman: The Golden Circle$69,207-68%802-687$86$98,751,6737Fox
6The Florida Project$59,882-68%18944$317$3,056,5605A24
7The Mountain Between Us$47,953-63%716-1313$67$29,022,888520th Century Fox
8Marshall$47,259-66%514-307$92$7,871,7584Open Road
9Same Kind of Different as Me$45,630-63%524-714$87$5,797,8363Pure Flix Entertainment
10The LEGO Ninjago Movie$43,532-85%835-639$52$57,555,3627Warner Bros.
11Goodbye Christopher Robin$39,658-65%26249$151$1,205,0344Fox Searchlight
12My Little Pony: The Movie$33,150-86%785-897$42$20,894,6465Lionsgate
13The Snowman$25,195-50%524-1291$48$6,566,1603Universal
14Despicable Me 3$18,670-73%194-16$96$263,788,73519Universal
15Wonderstruck$17,719-72%12179$146$518,7833Roadside / Amazon
16Battle of the Sexes$14,785-70%158-133$94$12,333,2967Fox Searchlight
17American Assassin$8,273-65%159-16$52$36,222,6958CBS Films / Lionsgate
18Wind River$6,622-54%10525$63$33,702,55814The Weinstein Company
19Spider-Man: Homecoming$5,068-77%144-37$35$334,038,11518Sony / Columbia
20Leap!$4,474-83%11048$41$21,639,13911The Weinstein Company
21Flatliners$4,051-72%104-159$39$16,819,6836Sony Pictures
22The Emoji Movie$3,414-88%133-65$26$85,911,97315Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 6 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Killing of a Sacred Deer$45,064-61%8653$524$945,0293A24
2Lady Bird$41,138-62%4--$10,285$405,5751A24
3Breathe$4,290-64%58-90$74$416,4394Bleeker Street
4Last Flag Flying$3,829-61%4--$957$44,3871Lionsgate
5Dunkirk$2,389-82%65-43$37$187,930,61616Warner Bros.
6War for the Planet of the Apes$2,214-74%46-12$48$146,836,39817Fox
7The Stray$2,1390%23-51$93$1,531,3615Purdie Distribution
8Home Again$1,645-67%63-63$26$27,013,0849Open Road
9Dina$1,387-69%245$58$77,9595The Orchard
10BPM (Beats Per Minute)$1,340-64%62$223$40,1153The Orchard
11All I See is You$1,148-37%53-230$22$215,3582Open Road
12Stronger$1,098-63%35-8$31$4,169,0797Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
13A Question Of Faith$912-84%25-21$36$2,376,7736Pure Flix Entertainment
14‘Til Death Do Us Part$863-59%17-24$51$3,447,0706Novus Content
15Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$842-77%27-154$31$1,566,6544Annapurna Pictures
16Wonder Woman$590-80%30-25$20$412,560,97523Warner Bros.
17Kidnap$563-79%14-13$40$30,708,64314Aviron Pictures
18Logan Lucky$518-50%23-22$23$27,778,64212Bleeker Street
19American Satan$403-47%11-32$37$236,8584Sumerian
20Tulip Fever$686%4-13$17$2,418,90110Weinstein Company
21Friend Request$53-65%4-28$13$3,757,6987Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures