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 Tue, Nov. 13 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$4,952,140-54%4,141--$1,196$83,190,5901Universal
2Bohemian Rhapsody$3,358,835-24%4,0000$840$108,140,952220th Century Fox
3Overlord$1,140,620-11%2,859--$399$12,622,3091Paramount Pictures
4The Girl in the Spider’s Web$1,039,3379%2,929--$355$9,799,7111Sony / Columbia
5A Star is Born$938,892-23%2,848-583$330$180,266,6126Warner Bros.
6The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$843,618-50%3,7660$224$38,324,3302Walt Disney Pictures
7Nobody's Fool$735,675-13%2,4680$298$25,954,1402Paramount
8Venom$468,566-42%2,351-716$199$207,578,9016Sony / Columbia
9Halloween (2018)$325,080-30%2,717-1058$120$157,755,9554Universal Pictures
10The Hate U Give$192,651-45%1,108-399$174$27,232,039620th Century Fox
11Smallfoot$97,171-75%1,318-684$74$80,803,0347Warner Bros.
12Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween$53,478-77%1,519-1309$35$46,153,1275Sony

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities$412,540--522--$790$412,5400Fathom Events
2Beautiful Boy$177,071-11%776236$228$5,604,4995Amazon
3Can You Ever Forgive Me?$172,021-14%391211$440$3,949,4444Fox Searchlight
4Hunter Killer$108,188-15%957-1763$113$15,437,1293Lionsgate / Summit
5First Man$101,410-30%815-897$124$43,976,7855Universal
6Free Solo$89,758-30%266-97$337$8,321,0487National Geographic Entertainment
7Night School$75,940-33%717-554$106$76,187,1107Universal
8The Old Man & The Gun$69,953-2%395-370$177$10,359,3147Fox Searchlight
10Johnny English Strikes Again$49,465-21%191-361$259$4,103,2503Universal Pictures
11Suspiria$46,509-18%261-50$178$2,048,1653Amazon Studios
12Restoring Tomorrow$28,543--394--$72$28,5430Fathom Events
13Crazy Rich Asians$22,152-32%22214$100$173,572,59213Warner Bros.
14Indivisible$19,335-27%202-540$96$3,418,2173Pure Flix
15Wildlife$16,523-7%10651$156$633,7334IFC Films
16The House With A Clock In Its Walls$16,010-68%281-229$57$67,878,8308Universal Pictures
17Bad Times At The El Royale$10,953-30%124-198$88$17,724,031520th Century Fox
18A Simple Favor$8,010-23%12725$63$53,482,6989Lionsgate
19Incredibles 2$6,908-72%140-10$49$608,307,64022Disney
20The Sisters Brothers$6,475-2%104-42$62$3,086,3088Annapurna Pictures
21Disney's Christopher Robin$5,028-60%122-43$41$99,131,69515Disney
22The Nun$4,783-39%128-83$37$117,392,35810Warner Bros.
23The Bolshoi Ballet: Live From Moscow - La Sylphide$1,51260%355--$4$171,1771Fathom Events
24Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 25th Anniversary$20-100%761--$0$178,1330Fathom Events

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boy Erased$80,930-25%7772$1,051$1,220,7382Focus Features
2A Private War$22,878-28%3834$602$333,8312Aviron Pictures
3Colette$12,610-21%81-49$156$4,992,3428Bleecker Street
5Tea With the Dames$7,600-25%39-13$195$777,2898IFC Films
6What They Had$5,6830%5316$107$234,5634Bleecker Street
7The Front Runner$3,848-39%40$962$81,8721Sony / Columbia
9Gosnell: The Trial Of America's Biggest Serial Killer$2,7391%33-234$83$3,640,5435GVN Releasing
10El Ángel$1,965-36%2--$983$28,3811The Orchard
11Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$1,831-77%81-23$23$167,460,84920Sony / Columbia
12Alpha$1,650-63%37-4$45$35,835,80013Sony / Columbia
13Here And Now$1,5162%51--$30$11,0861AMBI Distribution
14Searching$1,469-29%38-14$39$26,018,68512Sony Pictures
15The Predator$1,322-48%43-29$31$51,002,6799Fox
16Blaze$1,077133%60$180$694,96613IFC Films / Sundance Selects
17In Search of Greatness$1,046-44%9-7$116$57,1182Art of Sport
18Little Women (2018)$47113%12-24$39$1,377,6667Pinnacle Peak
19In Searching$364--2--$182$3,4541Indican Pictures
20Black '47$300-29%20$150$49,9907IFC Films
21Senso$180-27%21$90$18,5653Rialto Pictures
22Unbroken: Path to Redemption$147-34%4-7$37$6,208,7369Pure Flix
23Viper Club$141-35%6-64$24$60,2393Roadside Attractions
24The Fog (2018 Re-Release)$11795%1-1$117$67,1343Rialto Pictures
25Pick of the Litter$50-81%40$13$526,30011IFC Films
26Operation Finale$32-36%41$8$17,612,02211MGM