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 Tue, Oct. 9 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Venom$8,228,610-15%4,250--$1,936$98,115,7091Sony / Columbia
2A Star is Born$6,053,663-10%3,686--$1,642$57,056,1651Warner Bros.
3Night School$1,384,030-19%3,0199$458$50,085,4252Universal
4Smallfoot$1,349,404-56%4,1310$327$46,665,0922Warner Bros.
5The House With A Clock In Its Walls$721,690-49%3,463-129$208$57,223,4153Universal Pictures
6A Simple Favor$465,033-8%2,408-665$193$49,975,2404Lionsgate
7The Nun$304,703-21%2,264-1067$135$114,149,5565Warner Bros.
8Hell Fest$298,8663%2,2970$130$9,461,2272Lionsgate / CBS Films
9Crazy Rich Asians$270,052-31%1,466-881$184$169,904,9928Warner Bros.
10The Predator$137,705-10%1,643-1283$84$50,324,7554Fox
11Disney's Christopher Robin$73,476-55%1,638968$45$98,339,61410Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1White Boy Rick$100,194-3%880-1137$114$23,554,7954Sony / Studio 8
2Peppermint$76,894-7%813-1189$95$34,876,9955STX Entertainment
3Colette$66,443-22%10769$621$1,424,6903Bleecker Street
4Searching$45,370-10%412-602$110$25,745,4307Sony Pictures
5Mission: Impossible - Fallout$43,575-37%361-177$121$219,866,85111Paramount
6Little Women (2018)$36,4855%451-192$81$1,241,7032Pinnacle Peak
7Unbroken: Path to Redemption$30,96611%335-406$92$6,050,2364Pure Flix
8Incredibles 2$29,560-46%244-94$121$607,210,04517Disney
9The Meg$28,654-30%533-710$54$142,561,3109Warner Bros.
10Monsters and Men$27,788-11%143125$194$365,0512Neon
11Shine (2018)$27,4055%609--$45$259,4341GVN Releasing
12BlacKkKlansman$23,225-30%158-278$147$48,235,6809Focus Features
13Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$21,789-56%230-184$95$166,807,33015Sony / Columbia
14Ant-Man and the Wasp$13,766-33%178-80$77$216,405,34814Disney
15Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$11,565-13%135-43$86$120,612,68012Universal Pictures
16Life Itself$7,970-17%242-2113$33$4,081,4723Amazon Studios
17Operation Finale$5,665-32%111-101$51$17,563,2316MGM
18Alpha$4,160-50%103-145$40$35,608,7078Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 9 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Free Solo$55,609-29%4137$1,356$1,118,4802National Geographic Entertainment
2The Hate U Give$53,627-31%36--$1,490$643,537120th Century Fox
3The Old Man & The Gun$39,535-44%4944$807$704,4152Fox Searchlight
4The Sisters Brothers$27,530-31%5431$510$757,2793Annapurna Pictures
5Tea With the Dames$10,317-27%4526$229$179,6943IFC Films
6The Fireflies are Gone$5,131-17%23-2$223$189,7173
7Blaze$5,108-12%77-11$66$656,1758IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8The Children Act$5,044-36%52-21$97$445,4374A24
9My Hero Academia: Two Heroes$4,812-76%9-499$535$5,754,5562FUNimation Entertainment
10Pick of the Litter$4,660-35%600$78$463,9446IFC Films
11Lizzie$2,890-39%25-181$116$620,7804Saban Films / Roadside Attractions
12Ya Veremos$2,771-16%37-21$75$4,161,1776Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
13All About Nina$2,753-9%2319$120$56,6532The Orchard
14Juliet, Naked$2,6487%33-41$80$3,411,5848Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
15Three Identical Strangers$2,233-45%23--$97$12,307,30015Neon
16Assassination Nation$1,83413%15-1020$122$1,945,1663Neon
17Loving Pablo$1,76521%15--$118$19,7861Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
18A.X.L.$1,561-30%55-30$28$6,492,3857Global Road Entertainment
19Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$1,498-71%87-39$17$29,560,57511Warner Bros.
20God Bless the Broken Road$1,298-35%53-58$24$2,826,0825Freestyle Releasing
21Sorry To Bother You$1,221-15%11-19$111$17,476,94614Annapurna Pictures
22Black '47$955-7%65$159$19,1672IFC Films
23Beautifully Broken$770283%2-1$385$1,202,5167ArtAffects Entertainment
24Slender Man$741-11%30-38$25$30,462,8889Sony / Screen Gems
25Stavisky$633-23%1--$633$7,9771Rialto Pictures
26We The Animals$547163%7-23$78$398,8018The Orchard
27Death of a Nation$50923%169$32$5,884,95810Quality Flix / Pure Flix
28The Riot Act$376-23%3-2$125$70,5684Hannover House
29Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$3408%1-1$340$444,9845GKIDS
30En el Séptimo Día$295822%2--$148$79,43718Cinema Guild
31Hale County This Morning, This Evening$7713%10$77$25,6134Cinema Guild