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. 24 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Halloween (2018)$3,679,080-42%3,928--$937$90,892,3001Universal Pictures
2A Star is Born$1,968,340-25%3,884176$507$132,571,1783Warner Bros.
3Venom$1,124,466-39%3,887-363$289$175,314,5423Sony / Columbia
4First Man$720,890-32%3,6400$198$32,214,6952Universal
5The Hate U Give$560,223-36%2,3032055$243$12,692,826320th Century Fox
6Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$383,647-48%3,5210$109$30,393,7202Sony
7Bad Times At The El Royale$372,066-33%2,8080$133$14,834,980220th Century Fox
8Night School$301,735-36%2,296-484$131$67,895,9404Universal
9Smallfoot$290,680-39%3,032-574$96$67,483,3584Warner Bros.
10The Sisters Brothers$116,812-24%1,1411012$102$2,364,2365Annapurna Pictures
11The House With A Clock In Its Walls$96,660-34%1,588-1203$61$65,363,4905Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Saint-Saƫns: Samson et Dalila$297,374--475--$626$1,195,7581
2The Old Man & The Gun$264,952-29%802574$330$5,160,5244Fox Searchlight
3Free Solo$134,439-4%251122$536$4,005,3314National Geographic Entertainment
4Colette$92,330-15%520-23$178$3,990,0985Bleecker Street
5Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$90,447-17%511-157$177$2,745,1732GVN Releasing
6Crazy Rich Asians$48,695-30%402-336$121$172,421,87110Warner Bros.
7A Simple Favor$43,389-17%492-960$88$53,035,6486Lionsgate
8The Nun$33,086-25%623-551$53$116,859,5777Warner Bros.
9The Oath$29,580-14%300290$99$351,8562Roadside Attractions
10Hell Fest$12,130-3%263-605$46$10,792,8044Lionsgate / CBS Films
11Incredibles 2$11,059-9%176-18$63$607,748,03819Disney
12The Meg$9,011-22%2031$44$142,869,50211Warner Bros.
13Peppermint$8,025-22%152-149$53$35,346,8807STX Entertainment
14The Predator$6,408-8%141-235$45$50,871,4606Fox
15Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$5,555-11%160-25$35$167,228,01917Sony / Columbia
16Disney's Christopher Robin$5,103-15%108-357$47$98,736,48412Disney
17Ant-Man and the Wasp$3,128-13%105-27$30$216,611,12916Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beautiful Boy$36,972-15%4642$804$806,6662Amazon
3Can You Ever Forgive Me?$18,70622%5--$3,741$212,7141Fox Searchlight
4Tea With the Dames$15,1300%714$213$478,2235IFC Films
5Wildlife$7,8980%4--$1,975$129,3701IFC Films
6Alpha$5,140-10%8622$60$35,722,58510Sony / Columbia
7Fahrenheit 11/9$4,145-6%37-58$112$6,276,7535Briarcliff Entertainment
8Monsters and Men$2,94720%25-40$118$489,8764Neon
9White Boy Rick$2,719-9%57-133$48$23,946,7476Sony / Studio 8
10Slender Man$1,9833%57-10$35$30,548,68111Sony / Screen Gems
11What They Had$1,85221%4--$463$22,5241Bleecker Street
12Unbroken: Path to Redemption$1,8374%21-103$87$6,190,2706Pure Flix
13Little Women (2018)$1,676-35%19-28$88$1,349,8644Pinnacle Peak
14The Fireflies are Gone$1,520110%10-3$152$229,2945
15Searching$995-12%34-93$29$25,948,4659Sony Pictures
16Operation Finale$828115%14-32$59$17,607,1288MGM
17Juliet, Naked$700-29%133$54$3,443,45410Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
18Pick of the Litter$694-10%16-18$43$515,6768IFC Films
19Lizzie$618-2%8-4$77$641,0736Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
20All About Nina$553-41%8-46$69$95,6404The Orchard
21Sorry To Bother You$347163%3-6$116$17,491,42716Annapurna Pictures
22Blaze$23550%12-19$20$682,82510IFC Films / Sundance Selects
23God Bless the Broken Road$222-48%6-13$37$2,839,0097Freestyle Releasing
24Beautifully Broken$21310%10$213$1,207,1329ArtAffects Entertainment
25Bigger$96-33%5-56$19$46,1842Freestyle Releasing
26The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales$79-71%4--$20$33,8621GKIDS
27Little Italy$66-57%41$17$988,1489Lionsgate Premiere
28Black '47$47262%5-95$9$46,1054IFC Films
29Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$4220%1--$42$445,9907GKIDS