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, May. 19 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 19 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Deadpool 2$40,474,865-24%4,349--$9,307$93,509,2861Fox
2Avengers: Infinity War$12,791,85975%4,002-472$3,196$586,459,6034Disney
3Book Club$4,755,874-1%2,781--$1,710$9,541,1341Paramount Pictures
4Life Of The Party$3,261,48248%3,6560$892$28,782,8342Warner Bros. / New Line
5Breaking In$2,975,86056%2,5370$1,173$27,169,2402Universal Pictures
6Show Dogs$2,760,47595%3,212--$859$701,136,2391Global Road Entertainment
7Overboard$1,896,91864%1,820-186$1,042$35,304,3093Lionsgate / Pantelion
8A Quiet Place$1,760,46857%2,327-817$757$175,017,3457Paramount
9Rampage$688,47188%1,466-1082$470$91,977,9276Warner Bros
10I Feel Pretty$525,06652%1,505-1353$349$46,208,9625STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 19 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super Troopers 2$532,09316%478-901$1,113$28,802,558520th Century Fox
2RBG$513,40651%379195$1,355$3,455,0443Magnolia Pictures
3Black Panther$391,14472%935-435$418$697,579,88414Disney
4Tully$240,63058%670-686$359$8,263,5603Focus Features
5Disobedience$220,67055%247147$893$1,742,6144Bleecker Street
7Ready Player One$160,25891%388-416$413$135,170,6838Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
8Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$153,105-13%346--$443$329,5651Focus Features
9Isle of Dogs$152,32587%288-758$529$30,631,9949Fox Searchlight
10Sherlock Gnomes$134,425120%419-189$321$42,114,7159Paramount / MGM
11Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$114,58077%380-889$302$40,216,4406Universal
12A Wrinkle in Time$71,63162%230-1754$311$97,321,22011Walt Disney Pictures
13I Can Only Imagine$71,23543%274-155$260$82,768,57710Roadside Attractions
14102 Not Out$54,11455%102--$531$1,169,7163Sony Pictures Releasing International
15Harry & Meghan - The Royal Wedding$50,264--194--$259$50,2641Fathom Events
16Chappaquiddick$30,72522%150-167$205$17,140,8877Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
17Tyler Perry's Acrimony$30,45681%116-141$263$43,365,6038Lionsgate
18Peter Rabbit$29,55075%145-34$204$115,024,55015Sony / Columbia
19Tomb Raider$28,48272%134-26$213$57,312,57910Warner Bros.
20Game Night$25,12138%121-37$208$68,821,81413Warner Bros.
21The Miracle Season$17,30911%101-133$171$10,004,5687LD Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 19 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$71,64226%4--$17,911$128,6991Warner Bros.
2Love, Simon$67,1672431%32-71$2,099$40,729,8661020th Century Fox
3Pandas$50,14940%350$1,433$1,341,0187Warner Bros.
4Beast$42,62343%3127$1,375$151,4382Roadside Attractions
5Let The Sunshine In$39,91970%4915$815$368,5044IFC Films
6First Reformed$36,5348%4--$9,134$70,3121A24
7The Death of Stalin$25,89073%45-85$575$7,792,95711IFC Films
8Traffik$21,63860%81-300$267$9,065,6425Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
9On Chesil Beach$13,67518%4--$3,419$25,2571Bleecker Street
10The Greatest Showman$13,2387%67-22$198$173,938,64022Fox
11Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$13,21870%67-31$197$404,459,10022Sony / Columbia
12You Were Never Really Here$11,31063%32-70$353$2,439,9597Amazon Studios
13Paul, Apostle of Christ$8,30963%59-53$141$17,539,9629Sony Pictures Entertainment
14Beirut$7,87958%15-52$525$4,947,0306Bleecker Street
15God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$7,00652%45-22$156$5,699,8348Pure Flix
16Lean on Pete$6,42326%44-85$146$1,115,6657A24
17Bad Samaritan$6,35265%48-1498$132$3,418,7603Electric Entertainment
18Finding Your Feet$4,94844%30-31$165$1,369,8958Roadside Attractions
19Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$4,563-65%30-79$152$3,049,7586Fun Academy
20Death Wish$4,08035%252$163$33,989,92412MGM
21Lu Over the Wall$3,381213%12-85$282$93,5372GKIDS
22The Strangers: Prey At Night$2,096101%15-9$140$24,426,99911Aviron Pictures
23The Day After$1,58960%21$795$10,4992Cinema Guild
24Getting Grace$707-18%3-1$236$214,0579Hannover House
25On the Beach at Night Alone$89--1--$89$36,41827Cinema Guild