In this weekend’s photo-finish box office race, Melissa McCarthy showed Batman and Superman who’s boss — but just by a nose.
McCarthy’s R-rated comedy “The Boss” opened at the top spot with an estimated $23.48 million in the U.S. and Canada, barely edging out the superhero smackdown “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which took in $23.44 million in its third weekend, according to tracking firm comScore.
Since breaking out in 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy has proved one of the industry’s most bankable comedy stars. Despite largely negative reviews, Universal’s “The Boss” — in which the actress plays a business tycoon who tries to rebrand herself as America’s sweetheart after serving prison time for insider trading — extended her winning streak.
Although “The Boss” opened lower than earlier McCarthy outings such as “Identity Thief” and “Spy,” it managed to surpass the $21.6 million debut of 2014’s “Tammy,” which, like “The Boss,” was directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. Its number-one opening is a positive omen for McCarthy’s next film, Sony’s “Ghostbusters” revival, set for release in mid-June.
In line with expectations, exit polls showed women made up 67% of the audience for “The Boss,” demonstrating once again that demographic’s ability to power female-centric comedies to box office heights.
Coming in a close second, Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman” saw its domestic ticket sales drop 54% from last weekend while bringing its global tally to $783.5 million. Though much has been made of its underwhelming critical reception, with $296.7 million in domestic grosses, the film has already topped the $291 million earned by 2013’s “Man of Steel” in its entire run to become the third-highest grossing DC Comics film of all time.
Disney’s critically acclaimed animated hit “Zootopia” continued to show impressive legs, dropping just 26% in its sixth weekend to take third place with $14.4 million, bringing its cumulative domestic tally to $296 million.
Claiming the sixth and seventh spots, the Christian-oriented “Miracles From Heaven,” which earned $4.8 million, and “God’s Not Dead 2,” which took in $4.3 million, continued to show the power of the faith-based movie-going audience.
Among more limited releases, “Everybody Wants Some!!” — director Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to his much-loved high school film “Dazed and Confused” — and the Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead” each continued to draw crowds, boasting impressive per-screen averages of $8,095 and $9,096 respectively.