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 Wed, Mar. 7 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Panther$3,941,783-37%4,08464$965$516,628,0763Disney
2Red Sparrow$1,358,617-33%3,056--$445$21,698,508120th Century Fox
3Game Night$903,182-26%3,50214$258$36,209,3602Warner Bros.
4Death Wish$901,409-38%2,847--$317$16,414,5461MGM
5Peter Rabbit$580,681-30%3,607-100$161$86,037,2684Sony / Columbia
6Annihilation$559,748-23%2,112100$265$22,429,4422Paramount Pictures
7Fifty Shades Freed$326,425-20%2,614-651$125$96,739,4854Universal
8Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$326,045-26%2,313-206$141$394,217,82911Sony / Columbia
9The Greatest Showman$250,190-21%1,407-194$178$165,456,96211Fox
10The 15:17 to Paris$141,030-19%1,803-949$78$35,398,2924Warner Bros.
11Every Day$118,109-23%1,6692$71$5,620,4402Orion Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Shape of Water$270,735-18%832111$325$58,498,11814Fox Searchlight
2Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$146,940-17%77079$191$52,647,63021Fox Searchlight
3The Post$83,808-5%671-124$125$80,773,3681120th Century Fox
4I, Tonya$77,804-9%51188$152$29,175,78513Neon
5Darkest Hour$74,8730%913118$82$55,762,27015Focus Features
6Lady Bird$51,321-10%710109$72$48,481,64918A24
7Phantom Thread$48,240-4%71564$67$20,430,17510Focus Features
8Early Man$46,818-13%897-1597$52$7,882,3553Lionsgate
9Maze Runner: The Death Cure$45,167-17%543-409$83$57,234,6046Fox
10Winchester$40,144-21%576-276$70$24,674,9865Lionsgate / CBS Films
11Paddington 2$29,736-9%29312$101$40,143,7538Warner Bros.
12Samson$28,861-17%434-706$67$4,531,7533Pure Flix
13Star Wars: The Last Jedi$27,6125%221-71$125$619,094,55912Disney
15Den of Thieves$24,712-11%269-88$92$44,770,4617STX Entertainment
17Hostiles$22,858-5%251-167$91$29,532,99411Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18Wonder (2017)$17,984-15%150-8$120$132,147,85816Lionsgate
1912 Strong$14,296-16%257-191$56$45,228,4227Warner Bros.
20Forever My Girl$9,386-19%145-73$65$16,205,0757Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
21The Commuter$8,507-15%112-26$76$36,268,0128Lionsgate
22Nostalgia$7,460-6%140124$53$107,7443Bleecker Street
23Thor: Ragnarok$6,8704%110-21$62$314,985,77718Disney
24Pitch Perfect 3$4,465-15%113-22$40$104,891,82011Universal
25Justice League$3,312-18%101-36$33$228,973,44316Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Party$18,191-2%8656$212$368,3633Roadside Attractions
2Molly's Game$11,3541%91-13$125$28,770,61010STX Entertainment
3Detective Chinatown 2$11,316-42%65-46$174$1,847,5443Warner Bros.
4La Boda de Valentina$8,106-40%95-46$85$2,711,7584Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Monster Hunt 2$4,388-22%20-35$219$703,3383Lionsgate
6Mary and The Witch's Flower$3,896145%118$354$2,364,3637GKIDS
7The Young Karl Marx$1,993-32%1310$153$64,2172The Orchard
8Proud Mary$1,851-16%47-27$39$20,874,8198Sony / Screen Gems
9All the Money in the World$1,73641%18-12$96$25,041,80210Sony / TriStar
10Pad Man$1,461-35%27-68$54$1,668,4094Sony Pictures Releasing International
11Mind Game$1,31912%3--$440$18,0993GKIDS
12The Disaster Artist$88160%8-4$110$21,119,54214New Line / A24
13The Breadwinner$726785%6-10$121$311,49816GKIDS
14The Florida Project$702-63%10-11$70$5,878,33522A24
15Western$292-63%21$146$24,5623Cinema Guild
16Big Sonia$159-49%1-1$159$185,07916Argot Pictures
17Goldstone$156-55%1--$156$2,0161Lightyear Entertainment
18BPM (Beats Per Minute)$150-82%1-2$150$118,75120The Orchard
19Death House$10533%1--$105$10,4271Hannover House
20The Lodgers$39--2-15$20$7,2752
21Miss Kiet's Children$28--1--$28$5,34512Icarus Films