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, Oct. 6 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Venom$26,371,927-19%4,250--$6,205$58,875,4571Sony / Columbia
2A Star is Born$14,916,280-5%3,686--$4,047$31,936,9181Warner Bros.
3Smallfoot$6,238,10680%4,1310$1,510$37,556,4082Warner Bros.
4Night School$5,335,07054%3,0199$1,767$43,286,6202Universal
5The House With A Clock In Its Walls$3,179,65079%3,463-129$918$52,714,8353Universal Pictures
6A Simple Favor$1,404,81635%2,408-665$583$48,025,2464Lionsgate
7The Nun$1,147,39848%2,264-1067$507$112,680,9325Warner Bros.
8Crazy Rich Asians$907,02752%1,466-881$619$168,577,0648Warner Bros.
9Hell Fest$836,19537%2,2970$364$8,237,9502Lionsgate / CBS Films
10The Predator$392,00263%1,643-1283$239$49,719,1164Fox
11Disney's Christopher Robin$182,390108%1,638968$111$97,937,64910Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Verdi: Aida$1,187,275--699--$1,699$1,187,2751Fathom Events
2My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$273,8252227%319-189$858$5,724,7102FUNimation Entertainment
3White Boy Rick$241,42229%880-1137$274$23,176,6144Sony / Studio 8
4Peppermint$202,88353%813-1189$250$34,578,5195STX Entertainment
5Colette$193,59546%10769$1,809$1,106,0073Bleecker Street
6Searching$185,71329%412-602$451$25,536,7127Sony Pictures
7Mission: Impossible - Fallout$134,02154%361-177$371$219,653,48711Paramount
8Incredibles 2$122,17180%244-94$501$607,035,26717Disney
9The Meg$116,78565%533-710$219$142,413,2159Warner Bros.
10Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$100,21893%230-184$436$166,657,72515Sony / Columbia
11Fahrenheit 11/9$95,68062%422-1297$227$5,901,9783Briarcliff Entertainment
12BlacKkKlansman$71,51067%158-278$453$48,128,6309Focus Features
13Little Women (2018)$65,99028%451-192$146$1,115,9752Pinnacle Peak
14Unbroken: Path to Redemption$64,34734%335-406$192$5,943,4734Pure Flix
15Shine (2018)$59,073-32%609--$97$146,1601GVN Releasing
16Ant-Man and the Wasp$57,75358%178-80$324$216,331,02014Disney
17Monsters and Men$56,45227%143125$395$260,8792Neon
18Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$24,70538%135-43$183$120,569,66012Universal Pictures
19Alpha$21,39276%103-145$208$35,579,6948Sony / Columbia
20Operation Finale$16,79333%111-101$151$17,536,2546MGM
21Life Itself$14,76139%242-2113$61$4,050,7703Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hate U Give$193,19010%36--$5,366$368,058120th Century Fox
2Free Solo$181,999-20%41--$4,439$830,5802National Geographic Entertainment
3The Old Man & The Gun$177,22670%4944$3,617$472,1312Fox Searchlight
4The Sisters Brothers$85,45651%5427$1,583$628,5613Annapurna Pictures
5Mandy$27,8289%41-23$679$983,3574RLJE Films
6Tea With the Dames$26,54466%4526$590$129,7293IFC Films
7Pick of the Litter$20,77965%600$346$433,9536IFC Films
8The Children Act$12,94854%52-21$249$421,9334A24
9Blaze$12,32438%77-11$160$635,4538IFC Films / Sundance Selects
10A.X.L.$10,90163%55-30$198$6,483,6777Global Road Entertainment
11The Fireflies are Gone$10,26268%23-2$446$169,5823
12Ya Veremos$9,17878%37-21$248$4,143,5466Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
13Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$8,75064%87-39$101$29,547,74011Warner Bros.
14Juliet, Naked$7,88578%33-41$239$3,399,8968Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
15God Bless the Broken Road$7,36123%53-58$139$2,813,9955Freestyle Releasing
16Slender Man$7,33538%30-38$245$30,458,1399Sony / Screen Gems
17Lizzie$6,85243%25-181$274$606,9564Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
18Loving Pablo$6,57756%15--$438$10,8051Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
19All About Nina$5,80135%2319$252$45,2212The Orchard
20Three Identical Strangers$4,78232%23--$208$12,295,94315Neon
21Sorry To Bother You$4,75966%11-19$433$17,471,52414Annapurna Pictures
22Assassination Nation$3,06020%15-1020$204$1,985,5043Neon
23Black '47$2,15612%65$359$15,5452IFC Films
24Beautifully Broken$1,992208%41$498$1,200,8237ArtAffects Entertainment
25Stavisky$1,65618%1--$1,656$4,8451Rialto Pictures
26We The Animals$1,24668%7-23$178$397,3668The Orchard
27The Riot Act$1,121-75%3-2$374$68,3424Hannover House
28Little Italy$919-9%2-5$460$984,8167Lionsgate Premiere
29Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$680139%1--$680$443,7295GKIDS
30Death of a Nation$61025%169$38$5,883,33210Quality Flix / Pure Flix
31Hale County This Morning, This Evening$479-42%1-1$479$25,1464Cinema Guild
32En el Séptimo Día$22853%10$228$78,84518Cinema Guild