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, Sep. 24 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The House With A Clock In Its Walls$1,236,560-83%3,592--$344$27,844,5801Universal Pictures
2A Simple Favor$821,949-68%3,1020$265$33,236,5692Lionsgate
3The Predator$741,369-71%4,07033$182$41,652,9502Fox
4The Nun$706,093-71%3,707-169$190$101,317,0353Warner Bros.
5Crazy Rich Asians$556,337-65%2,802-583$199$159,827,4616Warner Bros.
6White Boy Rick$470,524-63%2,5040$188$17,738,5472Sony / Studio 8
7Peppermint$312,154-68%2,680-300$116$30,608,8353STX Entertainment
8Fahrenheit 11/9$276,352-64%1,719--$161$3,284,9151Briarcliff Entertainment
9Life Itself$181,144-70%2,609--$69$2,304,6071Amazon Studios
10Searching$180,264-66%1,787-222$101$23,271,4375Sony Pictures
11Assassination Nation$141,738-47%1,403--$101$1,191,7601Neon
12Unbroken: Path to Redemption$132,233-59%1,484-136$89$4,672,0082Pure Flix
13The Meg$128,648-77%2,003-848$64$140,567,0057Warner Bros.
14Disney's Christopher Robin$74,227-76%1,252-650$59$96,980,2508Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Fallout$100,686-64%871-890$116$218,238,1669Paramount
2BlacKkKlansman$62,220-62%454-488$137$47,190,4757Focus Features
3Operation Finale$43,805-49%525-947$83$17,209,0574MGM
4Incredibles 2$37,224-77%500-210$74$606,395,15215Disney
5Alpha$33,487-68%544-990$62$35,233,6056Sony / Columbia
6Lizzie$31,153-55%240236$130$359,0252Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
7Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$30,804-83%518-155$59$166,083,78413Sony / Columbia
8Ant-Man and the Wasp$20,847-68%260-96$80$215,829,28112Disney
9God Bless the Broken Road$18,489-30%224-977$83$2,730,9353Freestyle Releasing
10Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$17,550-69%292-163$60$120,279,05010Universal Pictures
11Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$12,130-77%229-91$53$416,583,79014Universal
12Juliet, Naked$11,748-60%111-154$106$3,257,4106Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
13Ya Veremos$9,348-81%114-140$82$4,032,7294Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
14Mile 22$6,913-63%159-254$43$36,041,0326STX Entertainment
15Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$5,695-81%150-91$38$29,445,6149Warner Bros.
16The Spy Who Dumped Me$4,774-65%107-50$45$33,545,9628Lionsgate
17Slender Man$4,135-77%161-241$26$30,394,7417Sony / Screen Gems
18Skyscraper$4,125-78%102-16$40$67,782,14011Universal Pictures
19The Happytime Murders$3,675-63%123-187$30$20,696,3025STX Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$15,984-67%4--$3,996$177,1631Bleecker Street
2The Sisters Brothers$13,070-56%4--$3,268$128,6451Annapurna Pictures
3Blaze$11,327-41%437$263$458,6366IFC Films / Sundance Selects
4Three Identical Strangers$6,363-62%55-40$116$12,200,07413Neon
5Pick of the Litter$6,259-72%4815$130$273,1144IFC Films
6Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$5,5721709%30$1,857$435,8663GKIDS
7The Children Act$4,800-70%3229$150$83,8822A24
8The Fireflies are Gone$4,751-70%25--$190$55,8701
9Sorry To Bother You$3,168-57%18-29$176$17,415,95812Annapurna Pictures
10Eighth Grade$3,069-71%41-60$75$13,498,18511A24
11Leave No Trace$2,541-41%53-23$48$6,023,97913Bleeker Street
12Kin (2018)$2,481-66%77-39$32$5,710,1894Lionsgate / Summit
13Tea With the Dames$2,336-52%1--$2,336$17,1131IFC Films
14We The Animals$2,145-49%30-18$72$372,0426The Orchard
15The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$1,785--2-1$893$401,4905GKIDS
16McQueen$1,628-32%120$136$1,249,45410Bleecker Street
17The Riot Act$1,070-58%101$107$50,9852Hannover House
18A.X.L.$1,030-77%40-70$26$6,416,1355Global Road Entertainment
19Hale County This Morning, This Evening$553-49%42$138$18,1372Cinema Guild
20Dog Days$451-71%23-28$20$6,807,4817LD Entertainment / Mirror
21Beautifully Broken$416-84%3-5$139$1,191,3875ArtAffects Entertainment
22Little Italy$380-61%14-28$27$979,8925Lionsgate Premiere
23The Fall of The American Empire$337-65%4-2$84$2,053,18513Sony Pictures Classics
24Death of a Nation$324-43%9-1$36$5,877,0138Quality Flix / Pure Flix
25Milford Graves Full Mantis$22822%1--$228$23,86411Cinema Guild
26The Dawn Wall$140-98%31$47$774,7742The Orchard