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, Jun. 1 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solo: A Star Wars Story$8,121,08684%4,3810$1,854$127,713,7782Disney
2Deadpool 2$6,696,72387%4,161-188$1,609$238,024,1613Fox
3Adrift$4,268,993--3,015--$1,416$4,268,9931STX Entertainment
4Avengers: Infinity War$2,819,868100%3,570-198$790$635,318,8006Disney
5Book Club$2,107,63135%3,169359$665$42,624,3793Paramount Pictures
6Upgrade$1,674,340--1,457--$1,149$1,674,3401OTL Releasing
7Life Of The Party$1,061,75792%2,511-426$423$43,907,3874Warner Bros. / New Line
8Action Point$797,422--2,032--$392$797,4221Paramount Pictures
9Breaking In$794,325115%1,682-303$472$39,324,3404Universal Pictures
10Overboard$505,02399%1,22832$411$44,053,2175Lionsgate / Pantelion
11A Quiet Place$504,08387%1,156-368$436$182,253,2819Paramount
12Show Dogs$378,61211%2,327-885$163$13,454,0933Global Road Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RBG$260,92342%43216$604$7,036,7825Magnolia Pictures
2Rampage$167,26998%502-186$333$94,658,4788Warner Bros
3I Feel Pretty$90,37451%315-236$287$48,117,1217STX Entertainment
4Super Troopers 2$86,590221%138-83$627$30,123,485720th Century Fox
5Black Panther$70,35058%284-156$248$698,953,29916Disney
6Ready Player One$67,029205%27130$247$135,876,18710Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
7Disobedience$55,71121%158-66$353$2,896,9536Bleecker Street
8Sherlock Gnomes$48,73269%250-48$195$42,775,18011Paramount / MGM
9Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$43,410-19%273-112$159$1,461,0303Focus Features
11A Wrinkle in Time$39,16828%187-15$209$97,854,79713Walt Disney Pictures
12Isle of Dogs$35,75837%129-33$277$31,301,20511Fox Searchlight
13Tully$27,7958%148-43$188$9,098,1705Focus Features
14Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$26,53592%113-40$235$40,603,7408Universal
15I Can Only Imagine$20,08051%124-29$162$83,106,99812Roadside Attractions
16How To Talk To Girls At Parties$11,440705%103101$111$31,6602A24

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1First Reformed$128,368377%9162$1,411$730,1643A24
2Best F(r)iends: Volume Two$69,297--0----$69,2971Fathom Events
3American Animals$49,792--4--$12,448$49,7921The Orchard
4On Chesil Beach$41,184259%8964$463$252,0203Bleecker Street
5Pandas$27,909-8%350$797$1,738,8089Warner Bros.
6Beast$26,66530%92-1$290$568,8384Roadside Attractions
7Let The Sunshine In$20,48060%67-3$306$636,9966IFC Films
82001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)$14,13968%51$2,828$509,9893Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Acrimony$12,597336%8040$157$43,486,81910Lionsgate
10Chappaquiddick$9,17954%68-6$135$17,313,2289Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11Peter Rabbit$8,1199%84-14$97$115,167,05517Sony / Columbia
12Game Night$7,26538%58-2$125$68,923,60615Warner Bros.
13The Death of Stalin$7,19364%26-9$277$7,919,68013IFC Films
14The Miracle Season$7,13561%31-22$230$10,112,4129LD Entertainment
15The Greatest Showman$5,05661%32-3$158$174,004,54624Fox
16Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$3,889-50%8-12$486$3,136,2078Fun Academy
17Mary Shelley$3,782112%97$420$25,8282IFC Films
18Reign of Judges: Title of Liberty - Concept Short$3,680--7--$526$47,32212
19Beirut$3,619193%3018$121$4,988,6048Bleecker Street
20You Were Never Really Here$2,886-2%17-2$170$2,504,0479Amazon Studios
21102 Not Out$2,7713%17-26$163$1,331,6805Sony Pictures Releasing International
22A Kid Like Jake$2,294--1--$2,294$2,2941IFC Films
23Finding Your Feet$1,679-36%12-8$140$1,409,18010Roadside Attractions
24Lean on Pete$1,62261%16-7$101$1,147,7139A24
25God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$1,160150%9-4$129$5,719,48210Pure Flix
26Rodin$691--4--$173$10,4351Cohen Media Group
27Claire's Camera$578--2--$289$74,32313Cinema Guild
28Love, Simon$519-59%11-10$47$40,821,1551220th Century Fox
29Little Pink House$348--2--$174$196,9857
30The Day After$304--20$152$20,8144Cinema Guild
31Lu Over the Wall$85-90%4-1$21$106,7604GKIDS