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, Sep. 30 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Smallfoot$6,737,165-32%4,131--$1,631$23,045,6351Warner Bros.
2Night School$6,468,740-43%3,010--$2,149$27,257,6151Universal
3The House With A Clock In Its Walls$3,648,920-38%3,5920$1,016$44,858,3452Universal Pictures
4A Simple Favor$1,611,367-43%3,073-29$524$43,007,4743Lionsgate
5The Nun$1,348,175-45%3,331-376$405$109,011,9234Warner Bros.
6Hell Fest$1,133,651-42%2,297--$494$5,130,9631Lionsgate / CBS Films
7The Predator$1,125,199-34%2,926-1144$385$47,795,0773Fox
8Crazy Rich Asians$1,008,275-46%2,347-455$430$165,634,5637Warner Bros.
9White Boy Rick$633,671-39%2,017-487$314$21,732,0213Sony / Studio 8
10Peppermint$468,274-41%2,002-678$234$33,523,3664STX Entertainment
11Fahrenheit 11/9$327,163-32%1,7190$190$5,180,4282Briarcliff Entertainment
12The Meg$255,800-49%1,243-760$206$141,980,2878Warner Bros.
13Searching$244,571-43%1,014-773$241$24,839,1596Sony Pictures
14Life Itself$137,863-54%2,355-254$59$3,641,3202Amazon Studios
15Assassination Nation$72,985-31%1,035-368$71$1,777,9622Neon

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Neighbor Totoro - Studio Ghibli Fest 2018$539,245--718--$751$539,2451Fathom Events
2Sui Dhaaga - Made In India$174,196-31%193--$903$581,9501Yash Raj Films
3Mission: Impossible - Fallout$159,186-46%538-333$296$219,193,88610Paramount
4Unbroken: Path to Redemption$130,279-35%741-743$176$5,595,5893Pure Flix
5Little Women (2018)$127,007-45%643--$198$705,0631Pinnacle Peak
6BlacKkKlansman$109,595-48%436-18$251$47,831,5208Focus Features
7Disney's Christopher Robin$101,143-35%670-582$151$97,541,9689Disney
8Incredibles 2$84,074-34%338-162$249$606,763,61716Disney
9My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$81,209-93%508--$160$3,967,2741FUNimation Entertainment
10Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$77,160-43%414-104$186$166,443,40314Sony / Columbia
11Ant-Man and the Wasp$72,077-41%258-2$279$216,154,69313Disney
12Alpha$40,814-43%248-296$165$35,493,2297Sony / Columbia
13Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$30,635-45%162-67$189$416,736,65015Universal
14Operation Finale$30,057-52%212-313$142$17,450,7445MGM
15Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$26,960-57%178-114$151$120,475,61511Universal Pictures
16Lizzie$25,751-28%206-34$125$543,7823Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
17Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$16,108-51%126-24$128$29,523,33510Warner Bros.
18God Bless the Broken Road$13,352-1%111-113$120$2,784,1384Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 30 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Colette$106,192-37%3834$2,795$606,9702Bleecker Street
2The Sisters Brothers$59,373-40%2723$2,199$394,0812Annapurna Pictures
3Mandy$35,000-26%64--$547$839,5193RLJE Films
4The Old Man & The Gun$34,976-44%5--$6,995$142,1311Fox Searchlight
5Vox Lux$33,247-39%6--$5,541$155,7140Neon
6Monsters and Men$26,507-56%18--$1,473$118,6971Neon
7Blaze$24,434-31%8845$278$567,2517IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8The Children Act$23,725-37%7341$325$352,9473A24
9Pick of the Litter$22,949-21%6012$382$363,3485IFC Films
10Ya Veremos$18,027-17%58-56$311$4,114,7005Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
11Juliet, Naked$17,389-41%74-37$235$3,359,8737Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
12The Fireflies are Gone$13,875-8%250$555$127,2342
13Tea With the Dames$12,875-34%1918$678$65,5832IFC Films
14A.X.L.$10,675-38%8545$126$6,454,7026Global Road Entertainment
15Mile 22$8,246-45%77-82$107$36,096,5177STX Entertainment
16The Dawn Wall$7,035199%41$1,759$787,6993The Orchard
17Slender Man$6,508-57%68-93$96$30,437,7758Sony / Screen Gems
18Sorry To Bother You$6,348-27%3012$212$17,449,04213Annapurna Pictures
19Eighth Grade$5,135-27%410$125$13,528,27112A24
20All About Nina$4,021-63%4--$1,005$26,4681The Orchard
21We The Animals$3,202-13%300$107$388,7737The Orchard
22Black '47$2,625-17%1--$2,625$8,6001IFC Films
23Leave No Trace$2,179-49%34-19$64$6,041,03614Bleeker Street
24Beautifully Broken$1,795160%30$598$1,196,3186ArtAffects Entertainment
25The Riot Act$1,318-24%5-5$264$60,1103Hannover House
26The Fall of The American Empire$862-34%51$172$2,058,00314Sony Pictures Classics
27Death of a Nation$66069%7-2$94$5,881,7489Quality Flix / Pure Flix
28Hale County This Morning, This Evening$518-35%2-1$259$22,9033Cinema Guild
29McQueen$403-38%9-3$45$1,255,33111Bleecker Street
30Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$360--2-1$180$440,7474GKIDS
31Little Italy$300-34%7-7$43$982,4136Lionsgate Premiere
32En el Séptimo Día$249-10%21$125$78,27017Cinema Guild
33Milford Graves Full Mantis$150-35%10$150$25,50012Cinema Guild