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. 15 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Star is Born$2,933,257-64%3,70822$791$97,538,8222Warner Bros.
2Venom$2,835,694-72%4,2500$667$144,943,9522Sony / Columbia
3First Man$1,312,670-66%3,640--$361$17,318,7351Universal
4Bad Times At The El Royale$812,725-51%2,808--$289$7,945,372120th Century Fox
5Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$790,307-82%3,521--$224$16,592,5321Sony
6Smallfoot$625,364-76%3,606-525$173$58,000,4223Warner Bros.
7Night School$597,470-70%2,780-239$215$60,157,6753Universal
8The House With A Clock In Its Walls$279,735-74%2,791-672$100$62,399,4754Universal Pictures
9A Simple Favor$136,479-57%1,452-956$94$52,123,6885Lionsgate
10The Nun$121,904-62%1,174-1090$104$116,022,3056Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hate U Give$159,601-66%248212$644$2,608,757220th Century Fox
2Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$145,624-59%668--$218$1,308,6121GVN Releasing
3Colette$130,774-54%543436$241$2,682,9404Bleecker Street
4Free Solo$112,127-53%12988$869$2,246,1323National Geographic Entertainment
5The Old Man & The Gun$102,147-58%228179$448$1,804,8083Fox Searchlight
6Crazy Rich Asians$95,130-64%738-728$129$171,421,7269Warner Bros.
7Hell Fest$64,597-59%868-1429$74$10,515,8283Lionsgate / CBS Films
8The Sisters Brothers$36,914-53%12975$286$1,113,2014Annapurna Pictures
9The Predator$22,289-62%376-1267$59$50,727,6605Fox
10Peppermint$18,987-62%301-512$63$35,184,5546STX Entertainment
11White Boy Rick$16,875-54%190-690$89$23,868,5755Sony / Studio 8
12Disney's Christopher Robin$16,461-61%465-1173$35$98,611,93711Disney
13Incredibles 2$16,169-72%194-50$83$607,490,66418Disney
14Mission: Impossible - Fallout$15,668-61%221-140$71$220,103,52412Paramount
15Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$9,803-79%185-45$53$167,041,58716Sony / Columbia
16The Meg$7,563-62%202-331$37$142,681,51110Warner Bros.
17Unbroken: Path to Redemption$7,018-51%124-211$57$6,150,7835Pure Flix
18Ant-Man and the Wasp$6,764-72%132-46$51$216,526,26415Disney
19Searching$5,353-65%127-285$42$25,915,5598Sony Pictures
20Black '47$2,525-47%10094$25$35,9953IFC Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beautiful Boy$16,377-64%4--$4,094$235,2651Amazon
2Jane and Emma$14,187659%21--$676$98,6991Excel Entertainment / Purdie Distribution
3Tea With the Dames$14,019-55%6722$209$308,3744IFC Films
4Fahrenheit 11/9$7,004-63%95-327$74$6,210,7374Briarcliff Entertainment
5Monsters and Men$4,996-50%65-78$77$450,8993Neon
6Bigger$3,384-57%61--$55$34,8611Freestyle Releasing
7Slender Man$3,370-73%6737$50$30,508,90010Sony / Screen Gems
8All About Nina$3,050-41%5431$56$80,6443The Orchard
9Little Women (2018)$2,946-20%47-404$63$1,316,2613Pinnacle Peak
10Juliet, Naked$2,157-7%10-23$216$3,155,3129Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
11Operation Finale$1,971-33%46-65$43$17,591,3497MGM
12The Oath$1,961-72%10--$196$31,0381Roadside Attractions
13The Fireflies are Gone$1,821-40%13-10$140$211,6084
14Alpha$1,819-76%64-39$28$35,645,1139Sony / Columbia
15Shine (2018)$1,7685%26-583$68$310,1762GVN Releasing
16Pick of the Litter$1,755-73%34-26$52$497,7747IFC Films
17Three Identical Strangers$1,51061%10-13$151$12,319,08116Neon
18Assassination Nation$1,21115%5-10$242$1,998,8974Neon
19Beautifully Broken$1,1001000%20$550$1,203,9818ArtAffects Entertainment
20Sorry To Bother You$866-46%9-2$96$17,486,16415Annapurna Pictures
21Blaze$855-64%31-46$28$675,7699IFC Films / Sundance Selects
22Lizzie$837-41%12-13$70$633,7325Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
23God Bless the Broken Road$382-82%19-34$20$2,834,6746Freestyle Releasing
24The Riot Act$310-34%2-1$155$73,6345Hannover House
25Hale County This Morning, This Evening$258-73%21$129$29,6105Cinema Guild
26Stavisky$123-58%10$123$13,2622Rialto Pictures
27A.X.L.$114-94%35-20$3$6,500,5878Global Road Entertainment
28Little Italy$65-49%3--$22$986,2908Lionsgate Premiere
29We The Animals$32-48%3-4$11$400,7639The Orchard