Despite tepid reviews, Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Boss’ owned the weekend, but just barely. The comedy took in $23.48M just squeaking past ‘Batman V Superman’‘s $23.435M. ‘The Boss’ is hardly the smash that McCarthy’s previous films were. ‘The Heat’ made $39.1M in its opening weekend and ‘Identity Thief’ took in $34.5M. Even so, this future Ghostbuster packed enough star power to dethrone Warner Brothers’ rapidly waning ‘Batman V Superman’ which has gotten nearly universally poor word-of-mouth and has finally taken its toll after two weeks of no competition. ‘BvS’ dropped another estimated 54% this weekend.
This marks McCarthy’s third straight #1 opener, following ‘Identity Theif’ and ‘Spy’. Unfortunately, the film may not reign for long as it has only garnered a C+ CinemaScore.
Here are the official numbers:
- The Boss (Universal) – $23.48M
- Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Brothers) – $23.43M
- Zootopia (Disney) – $14.3M
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal) – $6.4
- Hardcore Henry (STX) – $5.1
Besides ‘The Boss’, the highest ranking new film is ‘Hardcore Henry’ a sci-fi movie shot in first-person like a video game and marketed toward that audience. Unfortunately, the movie has gotten dismal word-of-mouth and a C+ CinemaScore, so the film looks to only make about $12M in its theatrical run. It probably doesn’t help that people were actually getting physically SICK watching it!
‘Zootopia’ is now Disney’s second highest grossing movie next to ‘Frozen’ with $296M. (‘Frozen’ took in $400M so… good luck there.)
‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is doing okay, but considering the first installment is the highest grossing rom-com of all time, this one is not living up to that standard.
Next weekend should easily belong to Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’. Also opening is ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ and a movie that was supposed to go straight to video, ‘Criminal’. That movie stars Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. After ‘Deadpool’ did unprecedented business and Gadot’s Wonder Woman was the bright spot in ‘Batman V Superman’, Lionsgate decided to put it out in theaters.
Check back to see how these new films fare!