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 Fri, Sep. 28 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night School$9,520,825--3,010--$3,163$9,520,8251Universal
2Smallfoot$6,433,241--4,131--$1,557$6,433,2411Warner Bros.
3The House With A Clock In Its Walls$3,096,850201%3,5920$862$35,350,0752Universal Pictures
4A Simple Favor$2,093,110173%3,073-29$681$38,559,9183Lionsgate
5Hell Fest$2,040,141--2,297--$888$2,040,1411Lionsgate / CBS Films
6The Nun$1,608,895176%3,331-376$483$105,191,9434Warner Bros.
7Crazy Rich Asians$1,226,523187%2,347-455$523$162,758,2987Warner Bros.
8The Predator$1,018,47298%2,926-1144$348$44,952,7233Fox
9White Boy Rick$725,720121%2,017-487$360$20,055,5013Sony / Studio 8
10Peppermint$503,386126%2,002-678$251$32,260,2944STX Entertainment
11Fahrenheit 11/9$304,58357%1,7190$177$4,373,8762Briarcliff Entertainment
12Searching$281,628111%1,014-773$278$24,165,2106Sony Pictures
13The Meg$279,539260%1,243-760$225$141,227,6448Warner Bros.
14Life Itself$221,46350%2,355-254$94$3,203,9842Amazon Studios
15Assassination Nation$73,45522%1,035-368$71$1,599,2022Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Women (2018)$346,121--643--$538$346,1211Pinnacle Peak
2Mission: Impossible - Fallout$170,876111%538-333$318$218,739,80910Paramount
3Unbroken: Path to Redemption$157,28171%741-743$212$5,265,4003Pure Flix
4Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$155,481--193--$806$155,4811Yash Raj Films
5BlacKkKlansman$127,080174%436-18$291$47,511,2608Focus Features
6My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$111,769-84%508--$220$2,690,5431FUNimation Entertainment
7Disney's Christopher Robin$83,71279%670-582$125$97,285,2099Disney
8Ant-Man and the Wasp$68,745381%258-2$266$215,959,61713Disney
9Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$66,634273%414-104$161$166,231,25514Sony / Columbia
10Incredibles 2$61,342159%338-162$181$606,552,92416Disney
11Alpha$41,94494%248-296$169$35,380,6907Sony / Columbia
12Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$38,605101%178-114$217$120,385,49511Universal Pictures
13Operation Finale$33,97425%212-313$160$17,358,7065MGM
14Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$28,520169%162-67$176$416,650,66515Universal
15Lizzie$25,88016%206-34$126$482,1043Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
16Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$14,219253%126-24$113$29,474,33410Warner Bros.
17God Bless the Broken Road$9,58731%111-113$86$2,757,3014Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$111,161860%3834$2,925$331,5912Bleecker Street
2Free Solo$104,096--4--$26,024$104,0961National Geographic Entertainment
3The Sisters Brothers$74,309758%2723$2,752$235,0322Annapurna Pictures
4Vox Lux$67,967--6--$11,328$67,9670Neon
5The Old Man & The Gun$44,449--5--$8,890$44,4491Fox Searchlight
6Mandy$37,336--64--$583$756,9343RLJE Films
7Monsters and Men$32,514--18--$1,806$32,5141Neon
8Blaze$25,314286%8845$288$507,2737IFC Films / Sundance Selects
9The Children Act$22,588542%7341$309$291,8293A24
10Pick of the Litter$19,552326%6012$326$311,4555IFC Films
11Juliet, Naked$17,34192%74-37$234$3,313,1347Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
12Ya Veremos$12,491107%58-56$215$4,075,0545Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
13All About Nina$11,558--4--$2,890$11,5581The Orchard
14The Fireflies are Gone$10,41589%250$417$98,3552
15Tea With the Dames$10,014409%1918$527$33,1442IFC Films
16Mile 22$9,37951%77-82$122$36,073,3757STX Entertainment
17Slender Man$8,843198%68-93$130$30,416,1368Sony / Screen Gems
18A.X.L.$8,2101138%8545$97$6,426,8776Global Road Entertainment
19Sorry To Bother You$7,488141%3012$250$17,434,05713Annapurna Pictures
20Eighth Grade$4,503-4%410$110$13,516,13012A24
21We The Animals$3,27437%300$109$381,9007The Orchard
22Leave No Trace$2,92629%34-19$86$6,034,55614Bleeker Street
23Black '47$2,822--1--$2,822$2,8221IFC Films
24The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$2,458283%2--$1,229$405,3846GKIDS
25The Dawn Wall$1,8211369%41$455$778,3153The Orchard
26The Riot Act$1,5053%5-5$301$57,0593Hannover House
27McQueen$1,195112%9-3$133$1,254,27711Bleecker Street
28Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$772-16%2-1$386$440,3874GKIDS
29Beautifully Broken$61818%30$206$1,193,8336ArtAffects Entertainment
30Hale County This Morning, This Evening$617-38%2-1$309$21,5863Cinema Guild
31The Fall of The American Empire$51654%51$103$2,055,83214Sony Pictures Classics
32Death of a Nation$255-89%7-2$36$5,880,6989Quality Flix / Pure Flix
33En el Séptimo Día$224--10$224$77,74517Cinema Guild
34Milford Graves Full Mantis$120-64%10$120$25,12012Cinema Guild
35Little Italy$112-71%7-7$16$981,6596Lionsgate Premiere