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 Wed, Sep. 19 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Predator$1,464,357-41%4,037--$363$30,500,0791Fox
2A Simple Favor$1,331,685-42%3,102--$429$20,917,1671Lionsgate
3The Nun$1,224,165-37%3,8760$316$89,586,4722Warner Bros.
4Crazy Rich Asians$862,953-22%3,385-480$255$152,233,0715Warner Bros.
5White Boy Rick$853,320-29%2,504--$341$11,744,8851Sony / Studio 8
6Peppermint$518,320-46%2,9800$174$26,159,8722STX Entertainment
7Searching$308,142-42%2,0090$153$20,701,4414Sony Pictures
8The Meg$256,878-31%2,851-660$90$138,007,4486Warner Bros.
9Mission: Impossible - Fallout$219,538-25%1,761-573$125$216,801,1408Paramount
10Unbroken: Path to Redemption$202,521-47%1,620--$125$3,035,3491Pure Flix
11Disney's Christopher Robin$202,468-2%1,902-616$106$95,722,1917Disney
12Operation Finale$137,205-12%1,472-346$93$16,725,9063MGM
13Alpha$104,534-23%1,534-987$68$34,746,6395Sony / Columbia
14God Bless the Broken Road$47,200-43%1,201-71$39$2,580,6832Freestyle Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1BlacKkKlansman$157,740-7%942-605$167$46,379,3156Focus Features
2Incredibles 2$66,01512%710-736$93$605,788,32314Disney
3Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$65,81519%673-339$98$165,445,65012Sony / Columbia
4Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$52,265-17%455-159$115$119,884,4759Universal Pictures
5Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary$50,468-54%237--$213$374,2381Fathom Events
6Juliet, Naked$33,342-1%265-202$126$3,099,3475Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
7Ant-Man and the Wasp$33,240-22%356-192$93$215,512,15711Disney
8Mile 22$24,250-33%413-1389$59$35,946,0645STX Entertainment
9Ya Veremos$22,426-47%254-115$88$3,876,1563Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
10Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$20,455-24%320-259$64$416,359,58513Universal
11The Equalizer 2$18,689-36%268-378$70$102,069,4219Sony / Columbia
12The Happytime Murders$15,285-19%310-1529$49$20,641,5524STX Entertainment
13Slender Man$13,169-12%402-581$33$30,278,8856Sony / Screen Gems
14Eighth Grade$11,2595%101-75$111$13,448,26010A24
15Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$9,10220%241-57$38$29,338,0648Warner Bros.
16The Spy Who Dumped Me$8,842-24%157-50$56$33,482,0717Lionsgate
17A.X.L.$8,190104%110-445$74$6,396,3904Global Road Entertainment
18Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$7,79047%327--$24$1,977,96518Focus Features
19Skyscraper$6,450-20%118-35$55$67,705,44510Universal Pictures
20Kin (2018)$3,647-35%116-2025$31$5,680,7963Lionsgate / Summit
21Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan$100669%681--$0$658,9821Fathom Events

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dawn Wall$728,11025556%2--$364,055$754,8561The Orchard
2Three Identical Strangers$10,962-27%95-37$115$12,125,95312Neon
3Pick of the Litter$10,04120%3323$304$194,1443IFC Films
4Sorry To Bother You$8,569-10%47-25$182$17,378,13011Annapurna Pictures
5Blaze$6,707-4%360$186$360,3035IFC Films / Sundance Selects
6Leave No Trace$6,38010%76-18$84$6,000,79512Bleeker Street
7Lizzie$6,3697%4--$1,592$64,7691Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
8We The Animals$4,263-1%486$89$351,4245The Orchard
9Ocean's 8$4,122-18%89-39$46$139,374,14815Warner Bros.
10The Children Act$2,38125%3--$794$23,8071A24
11The Riot Act$2,108-10%9--$234$36,0231Hannover House
12McQueen$2,0509%12-3$171$1,241,2249Bleecker Street
13The Darkest Minds$1,85716%57-22$33$12,665,920720th Century Fox
14Little Italy$1,686-44%42-29$40$974,1454Lionsgate Premiere
15Sicario: Day of the Soldado$1,522-13%26-14$59$50,070,66912Sony / Black Label
16Hale County This Morning, This Evening$1,47917%2--$740$12,2321Cinema Guild
17Solo: A Star Wars Story$896-27%40-22$22$213,766,20417Disney
18When You Read This Letter$888-19%10$888$10,2901Rialto
19Dog Days$840-39%51-32$16$6,798,8896LD Entertainment / Mirror
20Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$820-22%3-488$273$424,2812GKIDS
21Death of a Nation$70665%10-48$71$5,874,1987Quality Flix / Pure Flix
22Beautifully Broken$60255%9-31$67$1,185,1584ArtAffects Entertainment
23The Fall of The American Empire$524-38%6-6$87$2,048,82512Sony Pictures Classics
24The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$468-5%3-1$156$398,7614GKIDS
25Far From The Tree$362--4-3$91$156,6279IFC Films / Sundance Selects
26Deadpool 2$357-19%21-16$17$318,482,02118Fox
27Whitney$221--3-2$74$3,026,27011Roadside Attractions
28En el Séptimo Día$66-68%1--$66$75,68715Cinema Guild