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. 11 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Star is Born$4,513,106-2%3,686--$1,224$66,160,3601Warner Bros.
2Venom$4,255,160-10%4,250--$1,001$107,102,1511Sony / Columbia
3Smallfoot$847,0736%4,1310$205$48,308,2212Warner Bros.
4Night School$845,305-4%3,0199$280$51,808,9502Universal
5The House With A Clock In Its Walls$483,275-15%3,463-129$140$58,275,5003Universal Pictures
6A Simple Favor$345,1872%2,408-665$143$50,657,5084Lionsgate
7The Nun$181,124-19%2,264-1067$80$114,555,0465Warner Bros.
8Crazy Rich Asians$178,780-13%1,466-881$122$170,289,3688Warner Bros.
9Hell Fest$149,714-25%2,2970$65$9,810,6802Lionsgate / CBS Films
10The Predator$66,567-32%1,643-1283$41$50,489,9214Fox
11Disney's Christopher Robin$54,353-5%1,638968$33$98,451,44410Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Colette$63,168-2%10769$590$1,552,4533Bleecker Street
3White Boy Rick$60,851-24%880-1137$69$23,695,3374Sony / Studio 8
4Peppermint$42,806-27%813-1189$53$34,978,3725STX Entertainment
5Mission: Impossible - Fallout$31,151-4%361-177$86$219,930,33011Paramount
6Incredibles 2$28,19416%244-94$116$607,262,59317Disney
7Searching$26,209-18%412-602$64$25,803,7147Sony Pictures
8Little Women (2018)$25,85112%451-192$57$1,290,6092Pinnacle Peak
9Unbroken: Path to Redemption$21,831-13%335-406$65$6,097,1024Pure Flix
10Monsters and Men$21,541-24%143125$151$414,9352Neon
11Shine (2018)$20,706-6%609--$34$302,0641GVN Releasing
12Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$20,10711%230-184$87$166,845,47215Sony / Columbia
13The Meg$17,211-13%533-710$32$142,598,3649Warner Bros.
14BlacKkKlansman$14,705-32%158-278$93$48,271,9609Focus Features
15Ant-Man and the Wasp$12,183-2%178-80$68$216,429,94014Disney
16Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$11,5859%135-43$86$120,634,93512Universal Pictures
17Life Itself$7,0612%242-2113$29$4,095,4313Amazon Studios
18Fahrenheit 11/9$7,004-63%422-1297$17$6,210,7373Briarcliff Entertainment
19Operation Finale$6,3266%111-101$57$17,575,5166MGM
20Alpha$4,06617%103-145$39$35,616,2388Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Free Solo$54,834-21%4137$1,337$1,242,9722National Geographic Entertainment
2The Old Man & The Gun$34,677-24%4944$708$784,9242Fox Searchlight
3The Hate U Give$30,017-23%36--$834$712,314120th Century Fox
4The Sisters Brothers$23,532-26%5427$436$812,4843Annapurna Pictures
5Tea With the Dames$10,416-22%4526$231$203,4493IFC Films
6The Children Act$6,3345%52-21$122$457,8034A24
7Pick of the Litter$6,23510%600$104$475,8646IFC Films
8Blaze$4,867-13%77-11$63$666,6158IFC Films / Sundance Selects
9The Fireflies are Gone$4,55210%23-2$198$198,4243
10Three Identical Strangers$3,340-5%23--$145$12,314,15615Neon
11Lizzie$3,08416%25-181$123$626,5264Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
12All About Nina$2,655-9%2319$115$62,2212The Orchard
13Stavisky$2,42142%21$1,211$12,0991Rialto Pictures
14Juliet, Naked$2,211-25%33-41$67$3,416,7618Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
15Ya Veremos$2,150-18%37-21$58$4,165,9496Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
16Sorry To Bother You$1,586-6%11-19$144$17,480,22414Annapurna Pictures
17God Bless the Broken Road$1,55353%53-58$29$2,828,6475Freestyle Releasing
18A.X.L.$1,39931%55-30$25$6,494,8507Global Road Entertainment
19Assassination Nation$1,344-16%15-1020$90$1,994,0433Neon
20We The Animals$1,06363%7-23$152$400,5188The Orchard
21Slender Man$910-9%30-38$30$30,464,7959Sony / Screen Gems
22Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$9035%87-39$10$29,562,34111Warner Bros.
23Loving Pablo$595-64%15--$40$22,0171Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
24Black '47$4694%65$78$20,0862IFC Films
25Death of a Nation$454-3%169$28$5,885,88110Quality Flix / Pure Flix
26En el Séptimo Día$37134%2--$186$80,08518Cinema Guild
27The Riot Act$235-67%3-2$78$71,5144Hannover House
28Hale County This Morning, This Evening$70-10%1-1$70$25,7614Cinema Guild
29Beautifully Broken$10-87%2-1$5$1,202,6017ArtAffects Entertainment