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, Oct. 3 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night School$1,552,405-44%3,010--$516$33,263,7501Universal
2Smallfoot$951,333-49%4,131--$230$26,928,5351Warner Bros.
3The House With A Clock In Its Walls$620,605-44%3,5920$173$47,240,8152Universal Pictures
4A Simple Favor$556,201-39%3,073-29$181$45,016,9793Lionsgate
5The Nun$403,668-29%3,331-376$121$110,415,4034Warner Bros.
6Crazy Rich Asians$334,361-33%2,347-455$142$166,791,9627Warner Bros.
7Hell Fest$333,588-44%2,297--$145$6,531,4751Lionsgate / CBS Films
8The Predator$306,079-35%2,926-1144$105$48,898,7483Fox
9White Boy Rick$235,817-36%2,017-487$117$22,580,2703Sony / Studio 8
10Peppermint$156,386-39%2,002-678$78$34,136,1064STX Entertainment
11Fahrenheit 11/9$136,084-23%1,7190$79$5,633,3942Briarcliff Entertainment
12Searching$90,329-32%1,014-773$89$25,147,2656Sony Pictures
13Life Itself$90,086-37%2,355-254$38$3,959,2682Amazon Studios
14The Meg$57,516-33%1,243-760$46$142,187,4178Warner Bros.
15Assassination Nation$51,558-13%1,035-368$50$1,941,2262Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Neighbor Totoro - Studio Ghibli Fest 2018$302,765--718--$422$1,144,6491Fathom Events
2Little Women (2018)$66,274-38%643--$103$944,9491Pinnacle Peak
3Mission: Impossible - Fallout$55,446-36%538-333$103$219,388,63110Paramount
4Unbroken: Path to Redemption$52,427-38%741-743$71$5,782,0913Pure Flix
5BlacKkKlansman$44,555-22%436-18$102$47,979,2358Focus Features
6Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$44,442-53%193--$230$761,6611Yash Raj Films
7Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow$39,221--404--$97$74,7111Fathom Events
8Disney's Christopher Robin$30,247-22%670-582$45$97,641,6729Disney
9Incredibles 2$20,042-14%338-162$59$606,826,40116Disney
10Ant-Man and the Wasp$18,385-29%258-2$71$216,217,67613Disney
11Operation Finale$14,735-18%212-313$70$17,495,6665MGM
12Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$14,131-21%414-104$34$166,491,33914Sony / Columbia
13Lizzie$13,013-11%206-34$63$583,9923Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
14Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$12,410-15%178-114$70$120,514,24511Universal Pictures
15Alpha$12,119-30%248-296$49$35,535,3087Sony / Columbia
16My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$9,623-99%508-5$19$5,148,0761FUNimation Entertainment
17Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$7,750-9%162-67$48$416,759,96515Universal
18God Bless the Broken Road$3,8770%111-113$35$2,795,7794Freestyle Releasing
19Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$2,4175%126-24$19$29,530,40210Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 3 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$45,377-2%3834$1,194$739,9342Bleecker Street
2Free Solo$33,7317%4--$8,433$390,7601National Geographic Entertainment
3The Sisters Brothers$22,587-24%2723$837$467,9432Annapurna Pictures
4The Old Man & The Gun$12,996-3%5--$2,599$180,4761Fox Searchlight
5The Children Act$12,090-5%7341$166$388,6403A24
6Blaze$10,9722%8845$125$605,3187IFC Films / Sundance Selects
7Vox Lux$10,56711%6--$1,761$183,7240Neon
8Pick of the Litter$9,64818%6012$161$392,0405IFC Films
9Monsters and Men$9,230-4%18--$513$152,7131Neon
10Juliet, Naked$7,328-8%74-37$99$3,381,3547Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
11Tea With the Dames$5,7281%1918$301$81,6382IFC Films
12The Fireflies are Gone$5,250-53%250$210$147,0722
13Sorry To Bother You$4,51314%3012$150$17,461,07313Annapurna Pictures
14Ya Veremos$3,216-43%58-56$55$4,127,0515Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
15Mile 22$3,042-23%77-82$40$36,105,9747STX Entertainment
16A.X.L.$2,809-15%8555$33$6,463,1766Global Road Entertainment
17Eighth Grade$2,422-20%410$59$13,536,87512A24
18All About Nina$2,1721%4--$543$33,2331The Orchard
19Slender Man$1,908-2%68-93$28$30,443,2698Sony / Screen Gems
20We The Animals$1,76220%300$59$393,4737The Orchard
21Leave No Trace$1,185-34%34-19$35$6,045,12014Bleeker Street
22Stavisky$891--1--$891$8910Rialto Pictures
23The Dawn Wall$88891%41$222$789,5253The Orchard
24Black '47$777-2%1--$777$10,7641IFC Films
25Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$7351431%2-1$368$442,2654GKIDS
26McQueen$59250%9-3$66$1,257,00211Bleecker Street
27The Riot Act$588-17%5-5$118$62,0503Hannover House
28The Fall of The American Empire$321-57%51$64$2,059,37914Sony Pictures Classics
29Milford Graves Full Mantis$234368%21$117$25,92412Cinema Guild
30En el Séptimo Día$200--1--$200$78,46817Cinema Guild
31Beautifully Broken$170-63%30$57$1,197,8456ArtAffects Entertainment
32Hale County This Morning, This Evening$128-29%1-3$128$23,4393Cinema Guild
33Death of a Nation$75-66%7-2$11$5,882,1909Quality Flix / Pure Flix
34Little Italy$46-67%7-7$7$982,7516Lionsgate Premiere