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 Fri, Oct. 5 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Venom$32,503,530--4,250--$7,648$32,503,5301Sony / Columbia
2A Star is Born$15,670,638--3,686--$4,251$17,020,6381Warner Bros.
3Night School$3,475,195187%3,0199$1,151$37,951,5502Universal
4Smallfoot$3,457,357271%4,1310$837$31,318,3022Warner Bros.
5The House With A Clock In Its Walls$1,778,625245%3,463-129$514$49,535,1853Universal Pictures
6A Simple Favor$1,041,07485%2,408-665$432$46,620,4304Lionsgate
7The Nun$776,224127%2,264-1067$343$111,533,5345Warner Bros.
8Hell Fest$612,279137%2,2970$267$7,401,7552Lionsgate / CBS Films
9Crazy Rich Asians$595,095110%1,466-881$406$167,670,0378Warner Bros.
10The Predator$241,22529%1,643-1283$147$49,327,1144Fox
11Disney's Christopher Robin$87,877242%1,638968$54$97,755,25910Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1White Boy Rick$187,10611%880-1137$213$22,935,1924Sony / Studio 8
2Searching$144,339143%412-602$350$25,350,9997Sony Pictures
3Colette$132,652233%10769$1,240$912,4123Bleecker Street
4Peppermint$132,24223%813-1189$163$34,375,6365STX Entertainment
5Shine (2018)$87,087--609--$143$87,0871GVN Releasing
6Mission: Impossible - Fallout$87,03799%361-177$241$219,519,46611Paramount
7The Meg$70,64784%533-710$133$142,296,4309Warner Bros.
8Incredibles 2$68,009264%244-94$279$606,913,09617Disney
9Fahrenheit 11/9$58,913-48%422-1297$140$5,806,2983Briarcliff Entertainment
10Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$51,895264%230-184$226$166,557,50715Sony / Columbia
11Little Women (2018)$51,369-4%451-192$114$1,049,9852Pinnacle Peak
12Unbroken: Path to Redemption$48,063-2%335-406$143$5,879,1264Pure Flix
13Monsters and Men$44,478515%143125$311$204,4272Neon
14BlacKkKlansman$42,81022%158-278$271$48,057,1209Focus Features
15Ant-Man and the Wasp$36,44190%178-80$205$216,273,26714Disney
16Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$17,96541%135-43$133$120,544,95512Universal Pictures
17Operation Finale$12,58312%111-101$113$17,519,4616MGM
18Alpha$12,16812%103-145$118$35,558,3028Sony / Columbia
19Life Itself$10,585-84%242-2113$44$4,036,0093Amazon Studios

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Free Solo$226,510623%4137$5,525$648,5812National Geographic Entertainment
2The Hate U Give$174,868--36--$4,857$174,868120th Century Fox
3The Old Man & The Gun$104,450947%4944$2,132$294,9052Fox Searchlight
4The Sisters Brothers$56,607205%5427$1,048$543,1053Annapurna Pictures
5Mandy$25,454--41-23$621$955,5294RLJE Films
6Tea With the Dames$15,952191%4526$354$103,1853IFC Films
7Pick of the Litter$12,59662%600$210$413,1746IFC Films
8My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$11,766-96%19-489$619$5,450,8852FUNimation Entertainment
9Blaze$8,9501%77-11$116$623,1298IFC Films / Sundance Selects
10The Children Act$8,424-29%52-21$162$408,9854A24
11A.X.L.$6,707132%55-30$122$6,472,7767Global Road Entertainment
12The Fireflies are Gone$6,103-1%23-2$265$159,3203
13God Bless the Broken Road$5,98923%53-58$113$2,806,6345Freestyle Releasing
14Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$5,32063%87-39$61$29,538,99011Warner Bros.
15Slender Man$5,317140%30-38$177$30,450,8049Sony / Screen Gems
16Ya Veremos$5,163140%37-21$140$4,134,3686Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
17Lizzie$4,782-58%25-181$191$600,1044Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
18The Riot Act$4,460527%3-2$1,487$67,2214Hannover House
19Juliet, Naked$4,424-29%33-41$134$3,392,0118Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
20All About Nina$4,289126%2319$186$39,4202The Orchard
21Loving Pablo$4,228--15--$282$4,2281Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
22Three Identical Strangers$3,623--23--$158$12,291,16115Neon
23Sorry To Bother You$2,8752%11-19$261$17,466,76514Annapurna Pictures
24Assassination Nation$2,550-93%15-1020$170$1,982,4443Neon
25Black '47$1,927176%65$321$13,3892IFC Films
26Stavisky$1,40156%1--$1,401$3,1891Rialto Pictures
27Little Italy$1,007624%2-5$504$983,8977Lionsgate Premiere
28Hale County This Morning, This Evening$821102%1-1$821$24,6674Cinema Guild
29We The Animals$741-61%7-23$106$396,1208The Orchard
30Beautifully Broken$64690%2-1$323$1,198,8317ArtAffects Entertainment
31Death of a Nation$487982%169$30$5,882,72210Quality Flix / Pure Flix
32Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$285-43%1-1$285$443,0495GKIDS
33En el Séptimo Día$149--10$149$78,61718Cinema Guild