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 Thu, Oct. 4 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 4 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night School$1,212,605-22%3,010--$403$34,476,3551Universal
2Smallfoot$932,410-2%4,131--$226$27,860,9451Warner Bros.
3A Simple Favor$562,3771%3,073-29$183$45,579,3563Lionsgate
4The House With A Clock In Its Walls$515,745-17%3,5920$144$47,756,5602Universal Pictures
5The Nun$341,907-15%3,331-376$103$110,757,3104Warner Bros.
6Crazy Rich Asians$282,980-15%2,347-455$121$167,074,9427Warner Bros.
7Hell Fest$258,001-23%2,297--$112$6,789,4761Lionsgate / CBS Films
8The Predator$187,141-39%2,926-1144$64$49,085,8893Fox
9White Boy Rick$167,816-29%2,017-487$83$22,748,0863Sony / Studio 8
10Fahrenheit 11/9$113,991-16%1,7190$66$5,747,3852Briarcliff Entertainment
11Peppermint$107,288-31%2,002-678$54$34,243,3944STX Entertainment
12Life Itself$66,156-27%2,355-254$28$4,025,4242Amazon Studios
13Searching$59,395-34%1,014-773$59$25,206,6606Sony Pictures
14Assassination Nation$38,668-25%1,035-368$37$1,933,9572Neon
15The Meg$38,366-33%1,243-760$31$142,225,7838Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 4 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Trump Prophecy$322,646--553--$583$671,1980Fathom Events
2My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$291,0432924%508-5$573$5,439,1191FUNimation Entertainment
3Little Women (2018)$53,667-19%643--$83$998,6161Pinnacle Peak
4Unbroken: Path to Redemption$48,972-7%741-743$66$5,831,0633Pure Flix
5Mission: Impossible - Fallout$43,798-21%538-333$81$219,432,42910Paramount
6BlacKkKlansman$35,075-21%436-18$80$48,014,3108Focus Features
7Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$28,967-35%193--$150$790,6281Yash Raj Films
8Disney's Christopher Robin$25,710-15%670-582$38$97,667,3829Disney
9Ant-Man and the Wasp$19,1504%258-2$74$216,236,82613Disney
10Incredibles 2$18,686-7%338-162$55$606,845,08716Disney
11Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$14,2731%414-104$34$166,505,61214Sony / Columbia
12Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$12,7453%178-114$72$120,526,99011Universal Pictures
13Lizzie$11,330-13%206-34$55$595,3223Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
14Operation Finale$11,212-24%212-313$53$17,506,8785MGM
15Alpha$10,826-11%248-296$44$35,546,1347Sony / Columbia
16Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$9,38021%162-67$58$416,769,34515Universal
17God Bless the Broken Road$4,86626%111-113$44$2,800,6454Freestyle Releasing
18Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$3,26835%126-24$26$29,533,67010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 4 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$39,826-12%3834$1,048$779,7602Bleecker Street
2Free Solo$31,311-7%4--$7,828$422,0711National Geographic Entertainment
3The Sisters Brothers$18,555-18%2723$687$486,4982Annapurna Pictures
4The Children Act$11,921-1%7341$163$400,5613A24
5The Old Man & The Gun$9,979-23%5--$1,996$190,4551Fox Searchlight
6Blaze$8,861-19%8845$101$614,1797IFC Films / Sundance Selects
7Pick of the Litter$7,783-19%6012$130$400,5785IFC Films
8Monsters and Men$7,236-22%18--$402$159,9491Neon
9Juliet, Naked$6,233-15%74-37$84$3,387,5877Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
10The Fireflies are Gone$6,14517%250$246$153,2172
11Vox Lux$5,487-48%6--$915$189,2110Neon
12Tea With the Dames$5,474-4%1918$288$87,2332IFC Films
13A.X.L.$2,8933%8555$34$6,466,0696Global Road Entertainment
14Eighth Grade$2,83417%410$69$13,539,70912A24
15Sorry To Bother You$2,817-38%3012$94$17,463,89013Annapurna Pictures
16Mile 22$2,784-8%77-82$36$36,108,7587STX Entertainment
17The Dawn Wall$2,689203%41$672$792,2143The Orchard
18Slender Man$2,21816%68-93$33$30,445,4878Sony / Screen Gems
19Ya Veremos$2,154-33%58-56$37$4,129,2055Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
20We The Animals$1,9068%300$64$395,3797The Orchard
21All About Nina$1,898-13%4--$475$35,1311The Orchard
22Leave No Trace$984-17%34-19$29$6,046,10414Bleeker Street
23Stavisky$8971%1--$897$1,7880Rialto Pictures
24The Riot Act$71121%5-5$142$62,7613Hannover House
25Black '47$699-10%1--$699$11,4621IFC Films
26The Fall of The American Empire$56676%51$113$2,059,94514Sony Pictures Classics
27Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$499-32%2-1$250$442,7644GKIDS
28Hale County This Morning, This Evening$407218%2-2$204$23,8463Cinema Guild
29Beautifully Broken$340100%30$113$1,198,1856ArtAffects Entertainment
30McQueen$275-54%9-3$31$1,257,27711Bleecker Street
31Milford Graves Full Mantis$26212%21$131$26,18612Cinema Guild
32Little Italy$139202%7-7$20$982,8906Lionsgate Premiere
33Death of a Nation$45-40%7-2$6$5,882,2359Quality Flix / Pure Flix