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 Tue, May. 22 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Deadpool 2$12,401,2463%4,349--$2,852$149,915,5481Fox
2Avengers: Infinity War$2,859,7276%4,002-472$715$601,381,6834Disney
3Book Club$2,802,31247%2,781--$1,008$18,285,9201Paramount Pictures
4Life Of The Party$1,039,15541%3,6560$284$32,691,2292Warner Bros. / New Line
5Breaking In$885,11050%2,5370$349$30,579,7252Universal Pictures
6Overboard$573,83457%1,820-186$315$37,814,9133Lionsgate / Pantelion
7A Quiet Place$516,15828%2,327-817$222$177,000,1997Paramount
8Show Dogs$501,5109%3,212--$156$6,985,5831Global Road Entertainment
9Rampage$194,27324%1,466-1082$133$92,852,1386Warner Bros
10I Feel Pretty$183,18222%1,505-1353$122$46,937,0575STX Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RBG$176,03816%379195$464$4,181,4593Magnolia Pictures
2Godspeed: The Race Across America$96,690--514--$188$96,6900Fathom Events
3Black Panther$88,2049%935-435$94$697,991,66614Disney
4Tully$86,36522%670-686$129$8,587,5853Focus Features
5Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$81,71517%346--$236$659,3051Focus Features
6Disobedience$73,38013%247147$297$2,039,8254Bleecker Street
8Super Troopers 2$47,213-13%478-901$99$29,208,120520th Century Fox
9Ready Player One$45,86410%388-416$118$135,379,7108Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
10Isle of Dogs$43,924-2%288-758$153$30,831,8459Fox Searchlight
11Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$31,92023%380-889$84$40,345,8306Universal
12Sherlock Gnomes$29,526-12%419-189$70$42,279,7819Paramount / MGM
13I Can Only Imagine$24,81929%274-155$91$82,863,08610Roadside Attractions
14A Wrinkle in Time$22,24641%230-1754$97$97,404,21911Walt Disney Pictures
15102 Not Out$16,30330%1020$160$1,238,1603Sony Pictures Releasing International
16Chappaquiddick$15,01637%150-167$100$17,197,4857Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
17Tyler Perry's Acrimony$9,86717%116-141$85$43,403,9088Lionsgate
18Peter Rabbit$7,586-3%145-34$52$115,060,82015Sony / Columbia
19Tomb Raider$6,9132%134-26$52$57,346,92710Warner Bros.
20The Miracle Season$6,12516%101-133$61$10,028,9297LD Entertainment
21Game Night$4,986-11%121-37$41$68,849,34513Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$25,824-15%4--$6,456$258,8411Warner Bros.
2Pandas$22,984-39%350$657$1,440,1857Warner Bros.
3Beast$14,31011%3127$462$208,3522Roadside Attractions
4First Reformed$12,78815%4--$3,197$121,4581A24
5Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$11,72199%30-79$391$3,071,8826Fun Academy
6Let The Sunshine In$10,86213%4915$222$412,5574IFC Films
7The Death of Stalin$7,625-10%45-85$169$7,825,15111IFC Films
8Traffik$6,80334%81-300$84$9,091,0755Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
9You Were Never Really Here$5,73424%32-70$179$2,459,1797Amazon Studios
10On Chesil Beach$5,472-2%4--$1,368$46,8371Bleecker Street
11The Greatest Showman$5,14228%67-22$77$173,956,28722Fox
12Paul, Apostle of Christ$4,55590%59-53$77$17,554,9529Sony Pictures Entertainment
13Bad Samaritan$3,55220%44-1502$81$3,431,2563Electric Entertainment
14Finding Your Feet$3,25833%30-31$109$1,379,9648Roadside Attractions
15Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$2,9549%67-31$44$404,474,37322Sony / Columbia
16Love, Simon$2,94443%32-71$92$40,802,0301020th Century Fox
17Beirut$2,44621%15-52$163$4,957,6336Bleecker Street
18Lean on Pete$2,366-12%44-85$54$1,126,9087A24
19God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$2,29788%45-22$51$5,708,3348Pure Flix
20Death Wish$1,20917%252$48$34,000,10112MGM
21The Strangers: Prey At Night$595-15%15-9$40$24,430,09611Aviron Pictures
22Lu Over the Wall$565-68%12-85$47$99,1822GKIDS
23The Day After$482-9%21$241$12,7492Cinema Guild
24Getting Grace$266-32%3-1$89$215,4379Hannover House
25Western$138--10$138$36,64214Cinema Guild