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Melissa McCarthy's The Boss pips Batman Vs Superman to US top spot

The Boss

Story by Jack Foley

MELISSA McCarthy’s new comedy The Boss has pipped superhero smack-down Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice to the top of the US box office.

The film, co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, took an estimated $23.48 million, just a few dollars above Batman Vs Superman’s $23.44 million – although final figures could yet reverse the positions.

However, Zack Snyder’s much-maligned superhero movie fell another 54% in its third weekend, on top of the dramatic tail-off it showed last week. Its US total now stands at $296.7 million.

Internationally, Batman Vs Superman took a further $34 million from 67 markets to bring its international total to $486.8 million and its world-wide haul to $783.5 million. It remains just about on course to break $1 billion.

However, the big news was McCarthy’s strong showing in The Boss, which played well to female audiences (they made up 67% of all the ticket buyers). The film, which sees McCarthy expanding a character she created at The Groundings, follows an industry titan who, after a stint in prison, has to rebuild her life and empire. It co-stars Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates.

Commenting on the film’s strong performance, Nicholas Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution president, said: ““We love the fact that Melissa is a genuine movie star, people love her comedies and she opens at number one. The Boss is a female-driven, R-rated raunchy comedy that delivers, and there hasn’t been one for a while.”

Elsewhere in the US top five, Disney’s animated Zootopia (aka Zootropolis in the UK) claimed third place with an additional $14.4 million, bringing its US gross to $296 million and its world-wide number to $852.5 million.

It now ranks as the fifth highest-grossing original animated release of all time and the 11th highest-grossing animated movie ever and is only $5 million shy of surpassing Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-winning Inside Out.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 held onto fourth spot by pulling in $6.4 million, while Hardcore Henry, the first-person POV action movie, rounded out the top five with $5.1 million for a fifth-place finish. The film did not open as strong as hoped and struggled to connect with its target teenage audience.

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