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, Jul. 17 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 17 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$8,505,13269%4,267--$1,993$58,878,9553Sony / Columbia
2Ant-Man and the Wasp$5,506,52554%4,2060$1,309$142,156,1352Disney
3Skyscraper$4,092,16559%3,782--$1,082$31,562,8401Universal Pictures
4Incredibles 2$3,409,62452%3,705-408$920$541,517,4715Disney
5Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$2,986,00045%3,695-654$808$369,030,0654Universal
6The First Purge$1,834,53531%3,0387$604$52,929,9302Universal Pictures
7Uncle Drew$663,53153%1,702-1040$390$37,752,2453Lionsgate / Summit
8Sicario: Day of the Soldado$646,07631%2,006-1049$322$44,371,9453Sony / Black Label
9Ocean's 8$637,53848%1,618-986$394$133,322,7216Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 17 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sorry To Bother You$651,10422%805789$809$6,459,6992Annapurna Pictures
2Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$357,95022%868-25$412$16,537,0576Focus Features
3Tag (2018)$270,12830%982-1175$275$51,810,3905Warner Bros.
4Leave No Trace$182,51127%311274$587$2,461,7183Bleeker Street
5Three Identical Strangers$173,1248%166115$1,043$2,870,2403Neon
6Deadpool 2$128,04923%588-679$218$316,474,8549Fox
7Avengers: Infinity War$125,17431%375-131$334$676,245,56812Disney
9Whitney$101,75230%408-43$249$2,549,3392Roadside Attractions
11Solo: A Star Wars Story$79,85735%315-463$254$212,059,6568Disney
12Book Club$67,06442%311-63$216$67,905,5499Paramount Pictures
13Adrift$31,18345%185-138$169$31,227,6557STX Entertainment
14Superfly$31,07512%185-350$168$20,393,4575Sony Pictures
15A Quiet Place$13,8793%132-30$105$187,643,09515Paramount
16Life Of The Party$13,26615%141-11$94$52,691,38510Warner Bros. / New Line
17Show Dogs$10,86869%120-12$91$17,672,3779Global Road Entertainment
18Shock & Awe$7,8649%100--$79$60,9081Vertical Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 17 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fall of The American Empire$76,593288%64-9$1,197$1,173,0813Sony Pictures Classics
2Eighth Grade$33,784-9%4--$8,446$334,6951A24
3Soorma$33,52780%50--$671$220,5431Sony Pictures Releasing International
4American Animals$10,356-1%81-54$128$2,727,4627The Orchard
5Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$8,1802%4--$2,045$99,5771Amazon Studios
6The Catcher Was A Spy$7,84814%47-5$167$595,6804IFC Films
7First Reformed$6,25020%39-38$160$3,399,6139A24
8Rampage$5,006-2%61-59$82$99,143,79714Warner Bros
9Gauguin - Voyage To Tahiti$4,9363%6--$823$54,1661Cohen Media Group
10Hotel Artemis$4,6048%6042$77$6,699,2126Global Road
11Gotti$3,49839%31-69$113$4,328,7795Vertical Entertainment
12Black Panther$1,80147%28-24$64$699,903,88022Disney
13Milford Graves Full Mantis$1,785168%1--$1,785$9,8571Cinema Guild
14Eating Animals$1,0504%15-3$70$124,7205IFC Films
15Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$625--1--$625$33,60813Rialto Pictures
17The Death of Stalin$4766%4-1$119$8,037,20319IFC Films
18Let The Sunshine In$459202%31$153$863,27012IFC Films
19En el Séptimo Día$232-8%3--$77$54,0456Cinema Guild
20Claire's Camera$226--1--$226$83,00819Cinema Guild
21The Day After$15774%1--$157$23,30110Cinema Guild
22Chappaquiddick$48-53%3-2$16$17,392,26815Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures