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, Oct. 8 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Venom$9,631,343-55%4,250--$2,266$89,887,0991Sony / Columbia
2A Star is Born$6,744,451-45%3,686--$1,830$51,002,5021Warner Bros.
3Smallfoot$3,052,184-35%4,1310$739$45,315,6882Warner Bros.
4Night School$1,710,115-54%3,0199$566$48,701,3952Universal
5The House With A Clock In Its Walls$1,412,500-41%3,463-129$408$56,501,7253Universal Pictures
6A Simple Favor$505,897-48%2,408-665$210$49,510,2074Lionsgate
7Crazy Rich Asians$393,372-41%1,466-881$268$169,634,9408Warner Bros.
8The Nun$384,262-51%2,264-1067$170$113,844,8535Warner Bros.
9Hell Fest$289,126-54%2,2970$126$9,162,3612Lionsgate / CBS Films
10Disney's Christopher Robin$163,211-1%1,638968$100$98,266,13810Disney
11The Predator$153,803-51%1,643-1283$94$50,187,0504Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dawn Wall$243,739--427423$571$1,037,0234The Orchard
2White Boy Rick$103,174-41%880-1137$117$23,454,6014Sony / Studio 8
3Colette$85,506-49%10769$799$1,358,2473Bleecker Street
4Peppermint$82,901-40%813-1189$102$34,800,1015STX Entertainment
5Mission: Impossible - Fallout$69,271-31%361-177$192$219,823,27611Paramount
6Incredibles 2$55,093-39%244-94$226$607,180,48517Disney
7Searching$50,294-56%412-602$122$25,700,0607Sony Pictures
8Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$49,552-37%230-184$215$166,785,54115Sony / Columbia
9The Meg$40,824-48%533-710$77$142,532,6569Warner Bros.
10Little Women (2018)$34,710-36%451-192$77$1,205,2182Pinnacle Peak
11BlacKkKlansman$32,990-35%158-278$209$48,212,4559Focus Features
12Monsters and Men$31,222-31%143125$218$337,2632Neon
13Unbroken: Path to Redemption$27,999-41%335-406$84$6,019,2704Pure Flix
14Shine (2018)$26,187-56%609--$43$232,0291GVN Releasing
15Ant-Man and the Wasp$20,630-48%178-80$116$216,391,58214Disney
16Fahrenheit 11/9$16,395-80%422-1297$39$6,157,0573Briarcliff Entertainment
17Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$13,225-27%135-43$98$120,601,11512Universal Pictures
18Life Itself$9,635-26%242-2113$40$4,073,5023Amazon Studios
19Operation Finale$8,335-36%111-101$75$17,557,5666MGM
20Alpha$8,285-50%103-145$80$35,604,5478Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 8 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Free Solo$78,014-49%4137$1,903$1,062,8712National Geographic Entertainment
2The Hate U Give$77,875-46%36--$2,163$589,910120th Century Fox
3The Old Man & The Gun$70,497-42%4944$1,439$664,8802Fox Searchlight
4Andhadhun$49,280--56--$880$327,9571Eros Entertainment
5The Sisters Brothers$39,726-35%5427$736$729,7493Annapurna Pictures
6My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$20,186316%22-486$918$5,749,7442FUNimation Entertainment
7Tea With the Dames$14,053-45%4526$312$169,3773IFC Films
8The Children Act$7,852-26%52-21$151$440,3934A24
9Pick of the Litter$7,184-60%600$120$459,2846IFC Films
10The Fireflies are Gone$6,173-30%23-2$268$184,5863
11Blaze$5,834-40%77-11$76$651,0678IFC Films / Sundance Selects
12Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$5,192-16%87-39$60$29,559,07711Warner Bros.
13Lizzie$4,718-24%25-181$189$617,8904Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
14Three Identical Strangers$4,055-20%23--$176$12,305,06715Neon
15Ya Veremos$3,312-71%37-21$90$4,158,4066Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
16All About Nina$3,041-46%2319$132$53,9002The Orchard
17Juliet, Naked$2,480-62%33-41$75$3,408,9368Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
18A.X.L.$2,242-54%55-30$41$6,490,8247Global Road Entertainment
19God Bless the Broken Road$1,997-77%53-58$38$2,824,7845Freestyle Releasing
20Assassination Nation$1,623-24%15-1020$108$1,989,2693Neon
21Loving Pablo$1,457-75%15--$97$18,0211Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
22Sorry To Bother You$1,437-48%11-19$131$17,475,72514Annapurna Pictures
23Black '47$1,027-37%65$171$18,2122IFC Films
24Slender Man$829-74%30-38$28$30,462,1479Sony / Screen Gems
25Stavisky$822-51%1--$822$7,3441Rialto Pictures
26The Riot Act$488-64%3-2$163$70,1924Hannover House
27Death of a Nation$415-41%169$26$5,884,44910Quality Flix / Pure Flix
28Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$315-48%1-1$315$444,6445GKIDS
29We The Animals$208-69%7-23$30$398,2548The Orchard
30Beautifully Broken$201-72%2-1$101$1,201,7467ArtAffects Entertainment
31Batti Gul Meter Chalu$142--64--$2$249,2643Eros International
32No Date, No Signature$90--1--$90$29,58810Distrib Films US
33Hale County This Morning, This Evening$68-79%10$68$25,5364Cinema Guild
34Manmarziyaan$32--99--$0$567,4174Eros Entertainment
35En el Séptimo Día$32-88%1--$32$79,14218Cinema Guild