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, Oct. 20 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 20 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$7,451,354--2,388--$3,120$7,451,3541Lionsgate
2Geostorm$4,304,551--3,246--$1,326$4,304,5511Warner Bros.
3Happy Death Day$2,989,520168%3,298149$906$34,298,8852Universal / Blumhouse
4Only The Brave$2,128,564--2,577--$826$2,128,5641Sony Pictures
5Blade Runner 2049$2,046,26059%3,203-855$639$68,896,4633Warner Bros.
6The Foreigner$1,665,313105%2,5150$662$19,059,5662STX Entertainment
7Same Kind of Different as Me$1,354,347--1,362--$994$1,354,3471Pure Flix Entertainment
8The Snowman$1,339,310--1,812--$739$1,339,3101Universal
9It (2017)$1,002,341140%2,560-616$392$317,736,9577Warner Bros. / New Line
10American Made$926,240109%2,559-539$362$43,267,9754Universal
11Kingsman: The Golden Circle$854,748113%2,318-664$369$92,423,6805Fox
12The Mountain Between Us$823,71283%3,151-108$261$23,602,597320th Century Fox
13Victoria & Abdul$620,68088%1,060160$586$13,331,2145Focus Features
14The LEGO Ninjago Movie$545,286137%2,102-951$259$53,028,7885Warner Bros.
15My Little Pony: The Movie$443,781111%2,301-227$193$16,973,3803Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 20 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marshall$428,893129%8210$522$4,380,8842Open Road
2Golmaal Again$253,157--267--$948$253,1571Reliance Entertainment
3The Florida Project$181,456367%11279$1,620$920,0793A24
4Battle of the Sexes$162,60746%545-849$298$11,029,7745Fox Searchlight
5Flatliners$84,393-5%535-1448$158$16,279,4444Sony Pictures
6Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$63,987-10%959-270$67$1,144,4332Annapurna Pictures
7Despicable Me 3$48,095179%33771$143$263,122,11517Universal
8Breathe$47,7913856%315311$152$75,6552Bleeker Street
9American Assassin$46,56615%312-508$149$35,855,7326CBS Films / Lionsgate
10Spider-Man: Homecoming$43,470106%209-97$208$333,659,88516Sony / Columbia
11The Stray$41,7414%139-291$300$1,373,1363Purdie Distribution
12The Emoji Movie$33,815124%186-34$182$85,568,67613Sony / Columbia
13The Hitman's Bodyguard$30,420385%1727$177$75,247,01510Lionsgate / Summit
14Dunkirk$30,11444%188-80$160$187,660,94714Warner Bros.
15Annabelle: Creation$22,305168%138-64$162$101,988,70211Warner Bros. / New Line
16Leap!$18,330135%116-69$158$21,469,6519The Weinstein Company
18Home Again$16,60922%158-203$105$26,875,2637Open Road
19Wind River$16,41039%121-73$136$33,522,13512The Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 20 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Goodbye Christopher Robin$43,757698%6152$717$123,2622Fox Searchlight
2The Killing of a Sacred Deer$42,776--4--$10,694$42,7761A24
3Wonderstruck$24,578--4--$6,145$24,5781Roadside / Amazon
4‘Til Death Do Us Part$18,05046%96-214$188$3,326,4094Novus Content
5Cars 3$17,06599%94-25$182$152,787,29819Disney
6War for the Planet of the Apes$10,13986%73-27$139$146,709,15515Fox
7American Satan$9,53794%50-5$191$172,0662Sumerian
8A Question Of Faith$9,504-35%72-156$132$2,277,1014Pure Flix Entertainment
9Stronger$8,422-14%84-90$100$4,095,9325Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
10Logan Lucky$7,475463%7029$107$27,728,11110Bleeker Street
11Wonder Woman$6,62754%84-34$79$412,508,36921Warner Bros.
12Dina$4,792250%2016$240$28,9603The Orchard
13Kidnap$4,604120%32-29$144$30,663,09812Aviron Pictures
14All Saints$4,39956%5516$80$5,785,5449Sony Pictures
15Friend Request$3,492659%40-10$87$3,739,0315Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
16BPM (Beats Per Minute)$2,393--2--$1,197$2,3931The Orchard
17Brad's Status$1,925-28%17-22$113$2,124,5916Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
18Beach Rats$512-16%4-4$128$471,7989Neon
19Tulip Fever$36327%60$61$2,406,4618Weinstein Company
20Signature Move$220-12%21$110$27,7564Newcity
214 Days in France$105--1--$105$11,22012Cinema Guild
22Trophy$98-35%1-4$98$21,6387The Orchard
23In Pursuit of Silence$54-88%1-1$54$28,72418Cinema Guild
24Ingrid Goes West$49-59%4-1$12$3,023,55211Neon
25Super Dark Times$21-62%1-4$21$32,8574The Orchard
26Rat Film$20--10$20$27,2766Cinema Guild