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, Oct. 1 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night School$1,672,715-74%3,010--$556$28,930,3301Universal
2Smallfoot$1,057,158-84%4,131--$256$24,102,7931Warner Bros.
3The House With A Clock In Its Walls$653,045-82%3,5920$182$45,511,3902Universal Pictures
4A Simple Favor$536,393-67%3,073-29$175$43,543,8673Lionsgate
5Hell Fest$470,157-59%2,297--$205$5,601,1201Lionsgate / CBS Films
6The Nun$428,490-68%3,331-376$129$109,440,4134Warner Bros.
7The Predator$326,905-71%2,926-1144$112$48,121,9823Fox
8Crazy Rich Asians$322,394-68%2,347-455$137$165,956,9577Warner Bros.
9White Boy Rick$245,088-61%2,017-487$122$21,977,1093Sony / Studio 8
10Peppermint$198,458-58%2,002-678$99$33,721,8244STX Entertainment
11Fahrenheit 11/9$140,289-57%1,7190$82$5,320,7172Briarcliff Entertainment
12Searching$85,263-65%1,014-773$84$24,924,4226Sony Pictures
13Life Itself$85,179-38%2,355-254$36$3,726,4992Amazon Studios
14The Meg$63,206-75%1,243-760$51$142,043,4938Warner Bros.
15Assassination Nation$52,444-28%1,035-368$51$1,830,4062Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Neighbor Totoro - Studio Ghibli Fest 2018$302,639-44%718--$422$841,8841Fathom Events
2My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$149,57284%508--$294$4,116,8461FUNimation Entertainment
3Little Women (2018)$67,519-47%643--$105$772,5821Pinnacle Peak
4Mission: Impossible - Fallout$52,564-67%538-333$98$219,246,45010Paramount
5Unbroken: Path to Redemption$49,123-62%741-743$66$5,644,7123Pure Flix
6BlacKkKlansman$46,230-58%436-18$106$47,877,7508Focus Features
7Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$39,861-77%193--$207$621,8111Yash Raj Films
8Disney's Christopher Robin$30,610-70%670-582$46$97,572,5789Disney
9Incredibles 2$19,360-77%338-162$57$606,782,97716Disney
10Ant-Man and the Wasp$18,592-74%258-2$72$216,173,28513Disney
11Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$16,009-79%414-104$39$166,459,41214Sony / Columbia
12Alpha$12,581-69%248-296$51$35,505,8107Sony / Columbia
13Lizzie$12,578-51%206-34$61$556,3603Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
14Operation Finale$12,158-60%212-313$57$17,462,9025MGM
15Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$11,570-57%178-114$65$120,487,18511Universal Pictures
16Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$7,030-77%162-67$43$416,743,68015Universal
17God Bless the Broken Road$3,880-71%111-113$35$2,788,0184Freestyle Releasing
18Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$2,339-85%126-24$19$29,525,67410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 1 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$41,192-61%3834$1,084$648,1622Bleecker Street
2Free Solo$31,097--4--$7,774$325,3851National Geographic Entertainment
3The Sisters Brothers$21,684-63%2723$803$415,7652Annapurna Pictures
4Monsters and Men$15,197-43%18--$844$133,8941Neon
5The Old Man & The Gun$11,956-66%5--$2,391$154,0871Fox Searchlight
6The Children Act$10,877-54%7341$149$363,8243A24
7Blaze$10,442-57%8845$119$583,3927IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8Vox Lux$7,905-76%6--$1,318$163,6190Neon
9Pick of the Litter$6,830-70%6012$114$373,5145IFC Films
10Juliet, Naked$6,227-64%74-37$84$3,366,1007Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
11Tea With the Dames$4,608-64%1918$243$70,1912IFC Films
12Sorry To Bother You$3,558-44%3012$119$17,452,60013Annapurna Pictures
13Ya Veremos$3,491-81%58-56$60$4,118,1915Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
14The Fireflies are Gone$3,350-76%250$134$130,5842
15Eighth Grade$3,154-39%410$77$13,531,42512A24
16All About Nina$2,450-39%4--$613$28,9181The Orchard
17Mile 22$2,441-70%77-82$32$36,098,9587STX Entertainment
18A.X.L.$2,360-78%8545$28$6,457,0626Global Road Entertainment
19Slender Man$1,631-75%68-93$24$30,439,4068Sony / Screen Gems
20We The Animals$1,466-54%300$49$390,2397The Orchard
21Leave No Trace$1,095-50%34-19$32$6,042,13114Bleeker Street
22Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$735104%2-1$368$441,4824GKIDS
23McQueen$68570%9-3$76$1,256,01611Bleecker Street
24The Riot Act$640-51%5-5$128$60,7503Hannover House
25Black '47$596-77%1--$596$9,1951IFC Films
26The Dawn Wall$473-93%41$118$788,1723The Orchard
27The Fall of The American Empire$300-65%51$60$2,058,30314Sony Pictures Classics
28Hale County This Morning, This Evening$228-56%1-3$228$23,1313Cinema Guild
29Beautifully Broken$176-90%30$59$1,197,2146ArtAffects Entertainment
30Little Italy$153-49%7-7$22$982,5666Lionsgate Premiere
31Death of a Nation$144-78%7-2$21$5,881,8929Quality Flix / Pure Flix
32Milford Graves Full Mantis$140-7%10$140$25,64012Cinema Guild