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, Jan. 15 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 15 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$7,074,723-30%3,84948$1,838$291,312,6044Sony / Columbia
2Paddington 2$4,001,3981%3,702--$1,081$15,003,3591Warner Bros.
3The Greatest Showman$3,710,116-13%2,938-404$1,263$98,931,4554Fox
4The Post$3,693,686-39%2,8192783$1,310$27,544,891420th Century Fox
5Star Wars: The Last Jedi$2,773,240-34%3,090-1142$897$594,902,3055Disney
6The Commuter$2,094,447-48%2,892--$724$15,795,8991Lionsgate
7Insidious: The Last Key$1,934,050-51%3,15034$614$50,594,9052Universal
8Proud Mary$1,742,387-38%2,125--$820$11,701,4401Sony / Screen Gems
10Pitch Perfect 3$1,332,550-35%2,505-953$532$96,326,1754Universal
12Darkest Hour$952,980-32%1,693-40$563$36,631,2728Focus Features
13Molly's Game$746,172-39%1,708100$437$21,447,5763STX Entertainment
14Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$557,306-37%1,022712$545$29,283,88014Fox Searchlight
15All the Money in the World$260,814-34%1,408-715$185$23,310,8673Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 15 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I, Tonya$705,650-38%517261$1,365$10,767,2046Neon
2The Shape of Water$615,789-37%723-81$852$27,172,2947Fox Searchlight
3Wonder (2017)$417,634-2%970-288$431$129,016,5029Lionsgate
4Lady Bird$389,130-38%65290$597$37,373,87511A24
5Call Me by Your Name$173,713--174--$998$7,400,0818Sony Pictures Classics
6Marshall$155,52112%378337$411$10,050,63714Open Road
7Thor: Ragnarok$90,023-26%242-83$372$313,102,30211Disney
8The Disaster Artist$88,276-40%371-107$238$20,413,8677New Line / A24
9Justice League$61,041-31%266-252$229$227,522,2719Warner Bros.
11Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$52,077-36%272-42$191$102,037,78410Fox
12Daddy's Home 2$39,898-41%201-228$198$103,291,09810Paramount
13Condorito: La Pelicula$39,731-62%153--$260$288,1871Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Star$34,368-10%160-108$215$40,621,9149Sony / Columbia
15Father Figures$13,764-47%201-1516$68$17,327,5864Warner Bros.
16Blade Runner 2049$13,370-41%125-8$107$91,931,11615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 15 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Phantom Thread$243,461-35%6256$3,927$2,473,0543Focus Features
2Hostiles$66,611-28%42-4$1,586$885,3434Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
3Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds$42,538--32--$1,329$1,512,5674Well Go USA
4Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story$17,015--12--$1,418$207,7278Zeitgeist
5Ex-File 3 (Qian Ren 3)$16,004--24--$667$740,5253China Lion Film
6The Florida Project$10,322-41%403$258$5,511,53315A24
7Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool$9,215--9--$1,024$139,2363Sony Pictures Classics
8Happy End$7,055--11--$641$123,3954Sony Pictures Classics
9In The Fade$5,814--6--$969$75,9603Magnolia Pictures
10Only The Brave$5,155-32%54-15$95$18,300,34013Sony Pictures
11The Square$4,341--19--$228$1,326,70012Magnolia Pictures
12The Divine Order$3,722--4--$931$65,18212Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
13Parchi$3,700-71%37--$100$38,1371Atlas Distribution
14Youth$3,316--7--$474$1,874,3285China Lion Film
15Goldbuster$2,853--6--$476$149,0722Well Go USA Entertainment
16Wastelander$2,310--22--$105$23,0781Indican Pictures
17Roman J. Israel, Esq.$2,130-47%42-38$51$11,917,5819Sony Pictures
18Wonder Wheel$2,070-4%10-19$207$1,382,9177Amazon
19Birdboy: The Forgotten Children$2,05911%9--$229$22,1285GKIDS
20The Man Who Invented Christmas$1,95018%21-49$93$5,671,8048Bleecker Street
21In Between$1,356--4--$339$25,2422Film Movement
22Big Sonia$1,287-53%21$644$140,9739Argot Pictures
23Django$1,206--5--$241$19,5542Under The Milky Way
24Namiya$1,202--7--$172$66,1762China Lion Film
25Tom of Finland$1,010--4--$253$341,76014Kino Lorber
26Freak Show$878--1--$878$5,6871IFC Films
27Same Kind of Different as Me$730-29%11-9$66$6,417,66213Pure Flix Entertainment
28The Lucky Man$612--3--$204$16,2344Indican Pictures
29The Breadwinner$565-65%6-4$94$242,8359GKIDS
30My Art$549--1--$549$6,0871Film Movement
31My Friend Dahmer$541--2--$271$1,319,76411FilmRise
32The Sacrifice (2017 re-release)$529--3--$176$37,20713Kino Lorber
33Porto$434--1--$434$13,5069Kino Lorber
34Let There Be Light$320-17%20$160$7,214,44612Atlas
35Novitiate$307--4--$77$572,61512Sony Pictures Classics
36Félicité$265--4--$66$10,50312Strand Releasing
37The Crime of Monsieur Lange$264-57%10$264$31,7989Rialto Pictures
38Bad Lucky Goat$57--1--$57$4,98714Film Movement
39On the Beach at Night Alone$40-86%10$40$32,5189Cinema Guild