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 Fri, Sep. 29 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 29 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Made$6,168,025--3,024--$2,040$6,168,0251Universal
2It (2017)$4,959,012199%3,917-90$1,266$278,831,8024Warner Bros. / New Line
3Kingsman: The Golden Circle$4,901,076150%4,03835$1,214$54,602,6642Fox
4The LEGO Ninjago Movie$2,693,328346%4,0470$666$26,241,0652Warner Bros.
5Flatliners$2,128,957--2,552--$834$2,128,9571Sony Pictures
6Battle of the Sexes$1,106,0753130%1,2131192$912$1,782,8082Fox Searchlight
7American Assassin$945,334107%3,020-134$313$29,493,9153CBS Films / Lionsgate
8Home Again$530,706121%2,370-315$224$23,956,2714Open Road
10Friend Request$213,79263%2,081-492$103$2,896,7502Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
11The Hitman's Bodyguard$189,41172%1,119-918$169$74,134,5397Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 29 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1‘Til Death Do Us Part$492,644--562--$877$492,6441Novus Content
2A Question Of Faith$399,570--661--$604$399,5701Pure Flix Entertainment
3Stronger$269,077124%64571$417$2,511,1542Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
4Judwaa 2$185,205--192--$965$185,2051FIP
5Wind River$167,01652%892-539$187$32,356,3759The Weinstein Company
6Spider-Man: Homecoming$152,271194%679-327$224$332,270,78813Sony / Columbia
7Brad's Status$112,58294%4530$249$1,478,1263Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
8Dunkirk$95,33149%401-277$238$186,646,28011Warner Bros.
9Leap!$95,215167%730-571$130$20,522,4256The Weinstein Company
10Annabelle: Creation$95,189173%385-297$247$101,362,2198Warner Bros. / New Line
11Despicable Me 3$75,305280%419-120$180$261,980,66514Universal
12Wonder Woman$51,757144%261-94$198$412,132,20418Warner Bros.
13The Emoji Movie$50,594213%370-203$137$84,702,57710Sony / Columbia
14Baby Driver$39,27878%177-75$222$107,577,92614Sony / TriStar
15War for the Planet of the Apes$35,458175%204-102$174$146,353,11712Fox
16Girls Trip$34,01567%179-134$190$114,927,12511Universal
17The Dark Tower$29,759132%233-125$128$50,459,9079Sony / Columbia
18Logan Lucky$27,387--200-197$137$27,763,5787Bleeker Street
19All Saints$17,52929%182-111$96$5,656,4796Sony Pictures
20The Glass Castle$16,29534%136-83$120$17,113,4898Lionsgate Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 29 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Victoria & Abdul$300,6841900%7773$3,905$521,0292Focus Features
2Signature Move$15,404--1--$15,404$15,4041Newcity
3The Big Sick$11,57254%81-41$143$42,755,04115Lionsgate
4Cars 3$10,905126%88-26$124$152,433,03816Disney
5Hazlo Como Hombre$7,344116%6818$108$2,492,8695Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Tulip Fever$6,43735%42-48$153$2,368,3365Weinstein Company
7Super Dark Times$6,108--21--$291$6,1081The Orchard
8Beach Rats$4,961-23%20-24$248$424,8206Neon
9Ingrid Goes West$4,67240%48-2$97$2,993,6028Neon
11Kidnap$4,23775%68-66$62$30,527,9119Aviron Pictures
1247 Meters Down$3,664169%28-28$131$44,288,64016Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
13Captain Underpants$3,32498%40-23$83$73,866,73418Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Napping Princess$2,92910361%4-6$732$42,6684GKIDS
16Love, Kennedy$1,227657%31$409$406,08918Purdie Distribution
17Il Boom$1,101--2--$551$52,02516Rialto Pictures
18Good Time$890-69%13-11$68$1,982,1128A24
19Detroit$812-28%21-23$39$16,781,58110Annapurna Pictures
20Trophy$5996%212$29$14,9714The Orchard
21In Pursuit of Silence$449--1--$449$22,57615Cinema Guild
22Beatriz at Dinner$439-62%3-6$146$7,114,14317Roadside Attractions
23Rat Film$423-2%1-1$423$21,9353Cinema Guild
24Because of Gracia$303-54%7-12$43$87,9073ArtAffects Entertainment
25Lady Macbeth$128-81%6-8$21$1,126,81512Roadside Attractions
26The Hero$111--10$111$4,076,36617The Orchard
27We Love You, Sally Carmichael!$40-81%1-1$40$28,1289Purdie Distribution