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 Sun, Oct. 15 2017

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 15 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Happy Death Day$5,016,890-46%3,149--$1,593$26,039,0251Universal / Blumhouse
2Blade Runner 2049$4,462,527-34%4,0580$1,100$60,970,6312Warner Bros.
3The Foreigner$3,412,229-31%2,515--$1,357$13,113,0241STX Entertainment
4The Mountain Between Us$1,536,871-39%3,259171$472$20,603,873220th Century Fox
5Kingsman: The Golden Circle$1,502,368-37%2,982-506$504$89,716,4574Fox
6American Made$1,494,125-38%3,09867$482$40,230,8153Universal
7It (2017)$1,462,022-44%3,176-429$460$314,935,1546Warner Bros. / New Line
8The LEGO Ninjago Movie$1,309,466-35%3,053-558$429$51,579,1134Warner Bros.
9My Little Pony: The Movie$1,283,478-32%2,5280$508$15,625,3112Lionsgate
10Flatliners$388,619-43%1,983-569$196$15,672,9663Sony Pictures
11Battle of the Sexes$337,486-45%1,394-428$242$10,369,4864Fox Searchlight
12Professor Marston & The Wonder Women$192,055-35%1,229--$156$736,8831Annapurna Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 15 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Assassin$1,283,478-32%820-836$1,565$15,625,3115CBS Films / Lionsgate
2Victoria & Abdul$879,565-30%900168$977$11,233,0994Focus Features
3Marshall$750,631-38%821--$914$3,000,8051Open Road
4Spider-Man: Homecoming$82,194-36%306-20$269$333,528,38115Sony / Columbia
5‘Til Death Do Us Part$73,099-44%310-240$236$3,224,0573Novus Content
6Despicable Me 3$72,205-37%266-38$271$263,015,20516Universal
7The Stray$68,693-46%430-210$160$1,191,4872Purdie Distribution
8The Emoji Movie$55,331-35%220-34$252$85,487,84612Sony / Columbia
9A Question Of Faith$44,353-32%228-380$195$2,195,2243Pure Flix Entertainment
10Dunkirk$39,884-41%268-45$149$187,552,59413Warner Bros.
11Home Again$38,156-49%361-642$106$26,798,5526Open Road
13Annabelle: Creation$30,276-38%20214$150$101,933,29410Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wind River$28,963-42%194-162$149$21,435,76611The Weinstein Company
15Judwaa 2$28,451-38%106-86$268$1,404,9573FIP
16Leap!$27,791-43%185-216$150$21,426,6188The Weinstein Company
17Stronger$27,533-47%174-161$158$4,034,4334Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
18Cars 3$26,849-29%119-12$226$152,743,25218Disney
19War for the Planet of the Apes$20,512-30%100-21$205$146,676,66014Fox
20The Hitman's Bodyguard$19,430-48%165-149$118$75,184,3239Lionsgate / Summit
21Wonder Woman$11,980-45%118-37$102$412,486,26620Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 15 2017LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Florida Project$97,673-37%3329$2,960$590,9572A24
2American Satan$20,225-30%55--$368$135,3781Sumerian
3Goodbye Christopher Robin$17,606-22%9--$1,956$57,9171Fox Searchlight
4Kidnap$11,693-28%61-16$192$30,649,91911Aviron Pictures
5The Dark Tower$6,756-34%59-55$115$50,692,62111Sony / Columbia
6The Big Sick$6,482-45%6430$101$42,861,33217Lionsgate
7Brad's Status$5,934-43%39-208$152$2,112,5185Amazon Studios / Annapurna Pictures
8Baby Driver$5,795-31%48-47$121$107,816,74516Sony / TriStar
9Dina$3,665-19%43$916$18,7302The Orchard
10All Saints$3,518-31%39-26$90$5,773,6718Sony Pictures
11Breathe$3,382-52%4--$846$22,2851Bleeker Street
12Friend Request$2,272-50%50-104$45$3,733,2544Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
13Logan Lucky$1,922-59%41-20$47$27,716,4299Bleeker Street
15Tulip Fever$7937%6-6$132$2,405,1047Weinstein Company
16Beach Rats$760-36%8-6$95$468,1958Neon
17Earth: One Amazing Day$6050%2-68$303$80,8692Atlas Distribution
18In Pursuit of Silence$460-37%21$230$27,27017Cinema Guild
19Super Dark Times$433-37%50$87$32,5293The Orchard
20Rat Film$432100%10$432$26,8965Cinema Guild
21Signature Move$354120%10$354$26,9613Newcity
2247 Meters Down$1791%1-6$179$44,307,16418Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
23Ingrid Goes West$148-78%5-5$30$3,019,72810Neon
24Trophy$86-63%5-11$17$21,0386The Orchard