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, Apr. 22 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rampage$6,009,640-34%4,11514$1,460$65,694,3602Warner Bros
2A Quiet Place$5,148,342-45%3,808219$1,352$131,270,5203Paramount
3I Feel Pretty$3,819,299-36%3,440--$1,110$16,030,2181STX Entertainment
4Super Troopers 2$2,822,075-36%2,038--$1,385$15,181,624120th Century Fox
5Ready Player One$2,110,217-37%3,208-453$658$126,100,0644Warner Bros. / DreamWorks
6Blumhouse's Truth or Dare$1,764,115-50%3,06839$575$30,268,8402Universal
8Black Panther$1,477,925-34%1,930-250$766$681,374,73610Disney
9Traffik$994,662-35%1,046--$951$3,941,3381Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films
10Isle of Dogs$985,699-36%1,9478$506$24,422,1715Fox Searchlight
11I Can Only Imagine$701,673-34%1,994-579$352$79,400,1106Roadside Attractions
12Tyler Perry's Acrimony$518,789-43%1,148-184$452$40,980,4124Lionsgate
13Chappaquiddick$486,153-41%1,455-190$334$14,289,2823Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14Sherlock Gnomes$441,422-34%1,459-657$303$39,569,0485Paramount / MGM
15The Miracle Season$292,369-43%1,122-585$261$8,829,4193LD Entertainment
16Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero$191,472-21%1,386-247$138$2,258,1522Fun Academy

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bharat Ane Nenu$395,686-48%305--$1,297$2,663,0901Great India Films
2Beirut$262,715-43%7550$348$3,853,8352Bleecker Street
3The Cat Returns - Studio Ghibli Fest 2018$254,402--721--$353$254,4021Fathom Events
4A Wrinkle in Time$213,194-36%665-447$321$93,718,3217Walt Disney Pictures
5Pacific Rim Uprising$164,170-40%646-891$254$58,671,8255Universal
6You Were Never Really Here$138,230-35%183132$755$1,187,5753Amazon Studios
7Love, Simon$129,913-42%491-398$265$40,213,391620th Century Fox
8Paul, Apostle of Christ$111,792-14%377-204$297$17,011,8165Sony Pictures Entertainment
9Peter Rabbit$85,785-36%344-175$249$114,276,05611Sony / Columbia
10The Death of Stalin$85,549-45%210-120$407$6,851,8187IFC Films
11Tomb Raider$63,771-52%303-199$210$56,700,0366Warner Bros.
12Finding Your Feet$51,985-33%191-86$272$929,9544Roadside Attractions
13Game Night$40,701-58%211-145$193$68,205,2939Warner Bros.
14Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle$36,279-42%175-8$207$404,134,30118Sony / Columbia
15The Greatest Showman$34,710-51%169-40$205$173,524,47818Fox
16God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness$18,324-30%111-82$165$5,554,2874Pure Flix
17Red Sparrow$18,301-42%1520$120$46,644,711820th Century Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lean on Pete$45,249-42%6951$656$346,8293A24
2Pandas$41,900-18%330$1,270$622,2623Warner Bros.
3The Strangers: Prey At Night$18,171-41%9029$202$24,321,1467Aviron Pictures
4Death Wish$13,315-35%68-43$196$33,875,5788MGM
5Borg vs. McEnroe$8,237-37%23-28$358$113,3542Neon
7Midnight Sun$7,547-50%90-161$84$9,479,8235Open Road
8Forever My Girl$2,703-33%223$123$16,363,36114Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
10Getting Grace$2,474-9%71$353$169,1855Hannover House
11Quai des Orfevres (2018 re-issue)$2,04411%10$2,044$18,3492Rialto Pictures
12Le Corbeau (2018 Re-Release)$1,803-25%1--$1,803$6,4621Rialto Pictures
13The Devil and Father Amorth$1,161-63%8--$145$7,8141The Orchard
14Big Sonia$1,153-17%2-1$577$206,36123Argot Pictures
15Outside In$1,035-42%71$148$64,6994The Orchard
16Claire's Camera$1,030-19%41$258$63,9537Cinema Guild
17The Party$650178%5-9$130$734,12610Roadside Attractions
18Western$64879%31$216$34,21510Cinema Guild
19Hostiles$606-43%3-4$202$29,815,82118Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
20The Hurricane Heist$465107%5-3$93$6,110,2417Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
21Blood Feast$459--30$153$6,6553Hannover House
22The Young Karl Marx$224-36%20$112$121,6709The Orchard
23Flower$117-61%1-3$117$326,9696The Orchard