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, Sep. 11 2018

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Nun$4,818,78937%3,876--$1,243$62,150,6931Warner Bros.
2Peppermint$1,763,94268%2,980--$592$16,236,9361STX Entertainment
3Crazy Rich Asians$1,711,74242%3,8650$443$138,686,7674Warner Bros.
4Searching$657,16421%2,009802$327$15,566,0433Sony Pictures
5Mission: Impossible - Fallout$550,46728%2,334-305$236$213,183,2047Paramount
6The Meg$540,69222%3,511-250$154$132,620,2235Warner Bros.
7Operation Finale$414,97130%1,8180$228$14,670,1132MGM
8BlacKkKlansman$335,4958%1,547-219$217$44,143,6655Focus Features
9Disney's Christopher Robin$321,302-8%2,518-407$128$92,603,5736Disney
10Alpha$305,58132%2,521-360$121$32,997,4594Sony / Columbia
11God Bless the Broken Road$242,85497%1,272--$191$1,752,2031Freestyle Releasing
12Mile 22$177,18844%1,802-1148$98$35,411,5154STX Entertainment
13The Happytime Murders$151,45433%1,839-1417$82$20,292,9113STX Entertainment
14Incredibles 2$118,223-15%1,446-1444$82$604,722,78513Disney
15Kin (2018)$115,50538%2,1410$54$5,517,3712Lionsgate / Summit
16Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation$81,787-14%1,012-409$81$164,409,97511Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again$101,02028%614-396$165$119,243,9708Universal Pictures
2Juliet, Naked$90,75524%467149$194$2,592,8044Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate
3Ya Veremos$86,19066%3690$234$3,450,3502Lionsgate / Pantelion Films
4Slender Man$74,76124%983-551$76$29,827,4375Sony / Screen Gems
5The Equalizer 2$72,89741%646-830$113$101,712,2038Sony / Columbia
6Ant-Man and the Wasp$65,41823%548-282$119$214,940,70010Disney
7Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom$43,10040%579-977$74$415,946,93512Universal
8A.X.L.$26,525-1%555-1155$48$6,289,0353Global Road Entertainment
9Three Identical Strangers$22,17123%132-38$168$11,946,09911Neon
10Eighth Grade$20,0046%176-51$114$13,304,2409A24
11The Spy Who Dumped Me$17,65078%207-253$85$33,352,8936Lionsgate
12Papillon$15,38372%117-422$131$2,318,9703Bleecker Street
13The Little Stranger$11,69027%4773$25$696,3182Focus Features
14Teen Titans GO! to the Movies$10,809-21%298-24$36$29,136,2827Warner Bros.
15Skyscraper$10,52024%153-35$69$67,590,9609Universal Pictures
16Ocean's 8$6,56717%128-26$51$139,315,40014Warner Bros.
17Perfect Blue (2018 re-release)$5,253-97%491--$11$411,4461GKIDS

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 11 2018LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sorry To Bother You$13,33920%72-433$185$17,274,64210Annapurna Pictures
2Little Italy$11,362160%71-60$160$941,4833Lionsgate Premiere
3We The Animals$8,23132%4223$196$296,4164The Orchard
4Leave No Trace$8,14330%94-4$87$5,938,33211Bleeker Street
5Won’t You Be My Neighbor?$6,205-18%92-21$67$22,596,08714Focus Features
6Blindspotting$5,79336%44-35$132$4,324,1648Lionsgate / Summit
7Blaze$5,532-3%3616$154$266,2974IFC Films / Sundance Selects
8McQueen$4,3858%15-2$292$1,216,4598Bleecker Street
9Pick of the Litter$4,2307%108$423$80,1702IFC Films
10Death of a Nation$3,35441%58-195$58$5,865,2716Quality Flix / Pure Flix
11Beautifully Broken$3,05454%45-279$68$1,175,0723ArtAffects Entertainment
12Uncle Drew$2,94711%79-13$37$42,464,59411Lionsgate / Summit
13The Darkest Minds$2,6569%79-38$34$12,629,073620th Century Fox
14Sicario: Day of the Soldado$2,461-5%40-24$62$50,048,52811Sony / Black Label
15The Fall of The American Empire$2,414236%12-8$201$2,042,69911Sony Pictures Classics
16Solo: A Star Wars Story$2,40014%62-28$39$213,745,53516Disney
17Dog Days$2,29623%83-40$28$6,766,2965LD Entertainment / Mirror
18The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl$2,12385%4-2$531$394,5383GKIDS
19Avengers: Infinity War$1,61611%60-32$27$678,812,06620Disney
20Tag (2018)$1,49416%42-31$36$54,544,83913Warner Bros.
21Far From The Tree$1,0321190%7-3$147$154,7218IFC Films / Sundance Selects
22Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot$83544%9-1$93$1,440,5919Amazon Studios
23Deadpool 2$74010%37-31$20$318,467,29017Fox
24Whitney$259-89%5-4$52$3,025,45610Roadside Attractions