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 Sat, Sep. 29 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night School$11,268,05018%3,010--$3,744$20,788,8751Universal
2Smallfoot$9,875,22954%4,131--$2,391$16,308,4701Warner Bros.
3The House With A Clock In Its Walls$5,859,35089%3,5920$1,631$41,209,4252Universal Pictures
4A Simple Favor$2,836,18936%3,073-29$923$41,396,1073Lionsgate
5The Nun$2,471,80554%3,331-376$742$107,663,7484Warner Bros.
6Hell Fest$1,957,171-4%2,297--$852$3,997,3121Lionsgate / CBS Films
7Crazy Rich Asians$1,867,99052%2,347-455$796$164,626,2887Warner Bros.
8The Predator$1,717,15569%2,926-1144$587$46,669,8783Fox
9White Boy Rick$1,042,84944%2,017-487$517$21,098,3503Sony / Studio 8
10Peppermint$794,79858%2,002-678$397$33,055,0924STX Entertainment
11The Meg$496,84378%1,243-760$400$141,724,4878Warner Bros.
12Fahrenheit 11/9$479,38957%1,7190$279$4,853,2652Briarcliff Entertainment
13Searching$429,37852%1,014-773$423$24,594,5886Sony Pictures
14Life Itself$299,47335%2,355-254$127$3,503,4572Amazon Studios
15Assassination Nation$105,77544%1,035-368$102$1,704,9772Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$1,195,522970%508--$2,353$3,886,0651FUNimation Entertainment
2Mission: Impossible - Fallout$294,89173%538-333$548$219,034,70010Paramount
3Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$252,27362%193--$1,307$407,7541Yash Raj Films
4Little Women (2018)$231,935-33%643--$361$578,0561Pinnacle Peak
5BlacKkKlansman$210,66566%436-18$483$47,721,9258Focus Features
6Unbroken: Path to Redemption$199,91027%741-743$270$5,465,3103Pure Flix
7Disney's Christopher Robin$155,61686%670-582$232$97,440,8259Disney
8Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$134,988103%414-104$326$166,366,24314Sony / Columbia
9Incredibles 2$126,619106%338-162$375$606,679,54316Disney
10Ant-Man and the Wasp$122,99979%258-2$477$216,082,61613Disney
11Alpha$71,72571%248-296$289$35,452,4157Sony / Columbia
12Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$63,16064%178-114$355$120,448,65511Universal Pictures
13Operation Finale$61,98182%212-313$292$17,420,6875MGM
14Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$55,35094%162-67$342$416,706,01515Universal
15Lizzie$35,92739%206-34$174$518,0313Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
16Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow$35,490--350--$101$35,4901Fathom Events
17Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$32,893131%126-24$261$29,507,22710Warner Bros.
18God Bless the Broken Road$13,48541%111-113$121$2,770,7864Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$169,18752%3834$4,452$500,7782Bleecker Street
2The Sisters Brothers$99,67634%2723$3,692$334,7082Annapurna Pictures
3The Old Man & The Gun$62,70641%5--$12,541$107,1551Fox Searchlight
4Monsters and Men$59,67684%18--$3,315$92,1901Neon
5Vox Lux$54,500-20%6--$9,083$122,4670Neon
6Mandy$47,58527%64--$744$804,5193RLJE Films
7The Children Act$37,39366%7341$512$329,2223A24
8Blaze$35,54440%8845$404$542,8177IFC Films / Sundance Selects
9Juliet, Naked$29,35069%74-37$397$3,342,4847Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
10Pick of the Litter$28,94448%6012$482$340,3995IFC Films
11Pope Francis - A Man of His Word$22,000--6--$3,667$2,008,38520Focus Features
12Ya Veremos$21,61973%58-56$373$4,096,6735Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
13Tea With the Dames$19,56495%1918$1,030$52,7082IFC Films
14A.X.L.$17,150109%8545$202$6,444,0276Global Road Entertainment
15Slender Man$15,13171%68-93$223$30,431,2678Sony / Screen Gems
16The Fireflies are Gone$15,00444%250$600$113,3592
17Mile 22$14,89659%77-82$193$36,088,2717STX Entertainment
18All About Nina$10,889-6%4--$2,722$22,4471The Orchard
19Sorry To Bother You$8,63715%3012$288$17,442,69413Annapurna Pictures
20Eighth Grade$7,00656%410$171$13,523,13612A24
21Leave No Trace$4,30147%34-19$127$6,038,85714Bleeker Street
22We The Animals$3,67112%300$122$385,5717The Orchard
23Black '47$3,15312%1--$3,153$5,9751IFC Films
24The Dawn Wall$2,34929%41$587$780,6643The Orchard
25The Riot Act$1,73315%5-5$347$58,7923Hannover House
26The Fall of The American Empire$1,309154%51$262$2,057,14114Sony Pictures Classics
27The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$1,106-55%2--$553$406,4906GKIDS
28Hale County This Morning, This Evening$79929%2-1$400$22,3853Cinema Guild
29Beautifully Broken$69012%3-1$230$1,194,5236ArtAffects Entertainment
30McQueen$651-46%9-3$72$1,254,92811Bleecker Street
31Little Italy$454305%7-7$65$982,1136Lionsgate Premiere
32Death of a Nation$39053%7-2$56$5,881,0889Quality Flix / Pure Flix
33En el Séptimo Día$27623%10$276$78,02117Cinema Guild
34Milford Graves Full Mantis$23092%10$230$25,35012Cinema Guild