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. 26 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 26 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The House With A Clock In Its Walls$1,137,555-49%3,592--$317$31,225,9051Universal Pictures
2A Simple Favor$1,038,231-27%3,1020$335$35,699,7492Lionsgate
3The Predator$671,693-39%4,07033$165$43,419,3292Fox
4The Nun$647,211-38%3,707-169$175$103,000,9783Warner Bros.
5White Boy Rick$515,703-31%2,5040$206$19,001,5882Sony / Studio 8
6Crazy Rich Asians$504,352-35%2,802-583$180$161,104,9836Warner Bros.
7Peppermint$314,993-48%2,680-300$118$31,533,8503STX Entertainment
8Fahrenheit 11/9$238,772-32%1,719--$139$3,874,7271Briarcliff Entertainment
9Life Itself$202,603-38%2,609--$78$2,834,5191Amazon Studios
10Searching$182,147-39%1,787-222$102$23,750,3665Sony Pictures
11Unbroken: Path to Redemption$124,409-43%1,484-136$84$5,015,9352Pure Flix
12The Meg$116,307-38%2,003-848$58$140,870,3607Warner Bros.
13Assassination Nation$107,792-35%1,403--$77$1,465,3851Neon
14Disney's Christopher Robin$72,634-29%1,252-650$58$97,154,6868Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 26 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$911,262-4%513--$1,776$1,858,8980FUNimation Entertainment
2Mission: Impossible - Fallout$99,701-34%871-890$114$218,488,0989Paramount
3BlacKkKlansman$60,725-30%454-488$134$47,337,7507Focus Features
4Operation Finale$38,665-23%525-947$74$17,297,6394MGM
5Alpha$34,349-30%544-990$63$35,317,1696Sony / Columbia
6Lizzie$32,648-23%240236$136$433,9382Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
7Incredibles 2$32,014-21%500-210$64$606,467,85515Disney
8Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$24,858-35%518-155$48$166,146,77413Sony / Columbia
9Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$23,060-10%292-163$79$120,327,71510Universal Pictures
10Ant-Man and the Wasp$19,661-29%260-96$76$215,876,56712Disney
11Juliet, Naked$14,286-5%111-154$129$3,286,7776Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
12Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$11,985-24%229-91$52$416,611,52514Universal
13Ya Veremos$8,590-44%114-140$75$4,056,5424Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
14God Bless the Broken Road$8,197-33%224-977$37$2,740,4173Freestyle Releasing
15Mile 22$7,939-10%159-254$50$36,057,8046STX Entertainment
16The Spy Who Dumped Me$4,852-31%107-50$45$33,557,7988Lionsgate
17Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$4,704-18%150-91$31$29,456,0879Warner Bros.
18Skyscraper$4,510-14%102-16$44$67,791,87011Universal Pictures
19Slender Man$3,819-34%161-241$24$30,404,3297Sony / Screen Gems
20The Happytime Murders$3,173-21%123-187$26$20,703,4995STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 26 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$15,206-8%4--$3,802$208,8451Bleecker Street
2The Sisters Brothers$10,272-22%4--$2,568$152,0581Annapurna Pictures
3The Fireflies are Gone$9,500-44%25--$380$82,4331
4Blaze$8,094-7%437$188$475,4006IFC Films / Sundance Selects
5Pick of the Litter$6,777-7%4815$141$287,3154IFC Films
6Three Identical Strangers$6,712-25%55-40$122$12,215,70913Neon
7The Children Act$5,90114%3229$184$94,9672A24
8Eighth Grade$3,752-25%41-60$92$13,506,93911A24
9Sorry To Bother You$3,154-28%18-29$175$17,423,46612Annapurna Pictures
10Tea With the Dames$2,728106%1--$2,728$21,1631IFC Films
11Kin (2018)$2,488-22%77-39$32$5,715,8784Lionsgate / Summit
12We The Animals$2,23214%30-18$74$376,2336The Orchard
13Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$2,155220%30$718$438,6953GKIDS
14Leave No Trace$2,146-34%53-23$40$6,029,36513Bleeker Street
15The Riot Act$1,98075%101$198$54,0952Hannover House
16The Dawn Wall$1,416687%31$472$776,3702The Orchard
17McQueen$1,167-38%120$97$1,252,51810Bleecker Street
18A.X.L.$819-22%30-80$27$6,418,0045Global Road Entertainment
19The Fall of The American Empire$793-21%4-2$198$2,054,98113Sony Pictures Classics
20Hale County This Morning, This Evening$654-24%42$164$19,6532Cinema Guild
21The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$626273%2-1$313$402,2845GKIDS
22Milford Graves Full Mantis$50872%1--$508$24,66711Cinema Guild
23Little Italy$459-43%14-28$33$981,1605Lionsgate Premiere
24Dog Days$442-27%23-28$19$6,808,5317LD Entertainment / Mirror
25Beautifully Broken$422-52%3-6$141$1,192,6935ArtAffects Entertainment
26Death of a Nation$386-44%9-1$43$5,878,0898Quality Flix / Pure Flix