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 Mon, Sep. 3 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Crazy Rich Asians$6,611,877-20%3,865339$1,711$117,303,6103Warner Bros.
2The Meg$3,281,008-22%3,761-270$872$123,802,8834Warner Bros.
3Mission: Impossible - Fallout$2,282,672-17%2,639-413$865$206,661,7006Paramount
4Disney's Christopher Robin$1,922,672-4%2,925-469$657$87,609,4955Disney
5Operation Finale$1,851,825-17%1,818--$1,019$9,601,6781MGM
6Searching$1,548,572-29%1,2071198$1,283$8,123,5152Sony Pictures
7Alpha$1,493,225-16%2,881162$518$28,964,0723Sony / Columbia
8BlacKkKlansman$1,447,075-10%1,766-148$819$39,841,9804Focus Features
9Incredibles 2$1,346,080-1%2,8901830$466$602,579,38112Disney
10Mile 22$1,048,079-31%2,950-570$355$33,000,2823STX Entertainment
11The Happytime Murders$1,010,895-36%3,2560$310$18,009,3702STX Entertainment
12Kin (2018)$832,085-13%2,141--$389$3,867,7031Lionsgate / Summit
13Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$821,986-3%1,421-381$578$162,844,42310Sony / Columbia
14A.X.L.$532,9982%1,7100$312$5,674,6232Global Road Entertainment
15Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$419,145-12%1,010-547$415$118,120,7707Universal Pictures
16Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$393,440-36%1,556948$253$415,210,47011Universal
17The Equalizer 2$386,849-31%1,476-438$262$100,748,0277Sony / Columbia
18Slender Man$384,372-42%1,534-531$251$28,560,5954Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ya Veremos$455,514-33%369--$1,234$2,259,3621Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
2Ant-Man and the Wasp$415,985-23%830-348$501$213,977,8579Disney
3Juliet, Naked$261,147-8%318275$821$1,531,1073Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
4Papillon$133,650-2%539-5$248$2,091,2592Bleecker Street
5Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$123,880-4%322-122$385$28,861,4336Warner Bros.
6The Little Stranger$94,965-19%474--$200$496,5281Focus Features
7Sorry To Bother You$93,706-9%505417$186$17,058,0979Annapurna Pictures
8Eighth Grade$90,087-11%227-139$397$13,020,9978A24
9Three Identical Strangers$84,959-15%170-51$500$11,679,49710Neon
10Beautifully Broken$75,11621%356-270$211$1,095,8362ArtAffects Entertainment
11The Spy Who Dumped Me$74,710-50%460-835$162$33,136,3255Lionsgate
12Little Italy$69,038-25%131-2$527$799,3272Lionsgate Premiere
13Puzzle$59,693--213--$280$1,634,7806Sony Pictures Classics
14Skyscraper$49,665-28%188-72$264$67,422,4258Universal Pictures
15Death of a Nation$45,16813%25373$179$5,806,7215Quality Flix / Pure Flix
16Ocean's 8$35,548-16%154-31$231$139,211,30113Warner Bros.
17Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$28,715-8%113-47$254$22,510,10713Focus Features
18Dog Days$20,322-2%123-157$165$6,720,3244LD Entertainment / Mirror
19The First Purge$18,845-60%108-20$174$69,069,1059Universal Pictures
20The Darkest Minds$16,457-21%117-55$141$12,575,202520th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wife$163,610--78--$2,098$1,175,1413Sony Pictures Classics
2Solo: A Star Wars Story$20,951-14%90-28$233$213,706,48715Disney
3The Miseducation of Cameron Post$19,831--45--$441$776,4345FilmRise
4Uncle Drew$19,111-23%92-35$208$42,411,66110Lionsgate / Summit
5Blindspotting$18,720-22%7941$237$4,258,6907Lionsgate / Summit
6Leave No Trace$18,341-10%9832$187$5,857,53210Bleeker Street
7Avengers: Infinity War$15,041-31%92-16$163$678,781,26719Disney
8Big Brother$13,579--25--$543$54,8041Well Go USA Entertainment
9We The Animals$12,945-9%197$681$215,7193The Orchard
10Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days$12,329--8--$1,541$1,171,7495Well Go USA Entertainment
11Sicario: Day of the Soldado$12,259-29%64-2$192$50,013,57710Sony / Black Label
12Blaze$11,499-41%2013$575$183,2933IFC Films / Sundance Selects
13Tag (2018)$10,377-55%73-29$142$54,521,54412Warner Bros.
14McQueen$9,352-9%17-34$550$1,176,9527Bleecker Street
15John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection$7,859--21--$374$51,9472Oscilloscope Laboratories
16RBG$7,656--25--$306$13,960,71818Magnolia Pictures
17Madeline's Madeline$6,745--31--$218$119,0264Oscilloscope Laboratories
18The Fall of The American Empire$6,730-19%205$337$2,028,39310Sony Pictures Classics
19Support The Girls$6,510--26--$250$104,1652Magnolia Pictures
20Deadpool 2$4,951-54%68-11$73$318,454,36916Fox
21Skate Kitchen$4,752--33--$144$206,6854Magnolia
22The Cakemaker$4,591--17--$270$789,82910Strand Releasing
23Memoir of War$4,316--10--$432$64,3823Music Box Films
241945$4,002--9--$445$875,41944Menemsha Films
25Cynthia$3,927--21--$187$34,5871Indican Pictures
26Pick of the Litter$3,872-16%2--$1,936$20,3911IFC Films
27The Island$3,779--4--$945$661,5414Well Go USA Entertainment
28Let the Corpses Tan$2,976--3--$992$29,2341Kino Lorber
29Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$2,887147%10-9$289$1,432,9868Amazon Studios
30Nico, 1988$2,449--12--$204$61,8705Magnolia Pictures
31Active Measures$2,444-34%2--$1,222$11,9531Super LTD / Neon
32The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$2,076-31%6-4$346$381,4892GKIDS
33The Captain (2018)$1,621--8--$203$94,0756Music Box Films
34Far From The Tree$1,429-34%10-3$143$144,1287IFC Films / Sundance Selects
35A Paris Education$1,016--1--$1,016$7,1481Kino Lorber
36Distant Voices, Still Lives (2018 reissue)$645--1--$645$3,0401Cartilage Films
37Boundaries$402--3--$134$702,23011Sony Pictures Classics
38Crime + Punishment$391-23%2-1$196$14,9652IFC Films / Hulu
39Running for Grace$38995%3--$130$88,3867Blue Fox Entertainment
40En el Séptimo Día$381174%21$191$74,67813Cinema Guild
41Return of the Hero$177--1--$177$9381Distrib Films US
42The Rider$167--2--$84$2,382,23321Sony Pictures Classics
43Whitney$145-42%9-3$16$3,020,2279Roadside Attractions
44Buybust$116--2--$58$178,3024Well Go USA Entertainment
45Under the Tree$84--3--$28$67,5079Magnolia Pictures
46Winning Formula$77--1--$77$21,8556Indican Pictures
47Poor Boy$64--1--$64$28,4968Indican Pictures
48Generation Wealth$28--2--$14$234,8797Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
49The Third Murder$7--4--$2$79,9977Film Movement