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Weekend Box Office: McCarthy's The Boss, Narrowly Tops Batman v Superman

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By Chris Kavan - 04/10/16 at 07:56 PM CT

It's going to come down to the wire, but as of right now The Boss looks like it will top Batman v Superman in the superhero's third weekend though we will have to wait until Monday and the final numbers to confirm. While The Boss certainly made a a great debut, Hardcore Henry had to settle for middling numbers to go along with its middling reception while Jake Gyllenhaal's latest film, Demolition, imploded and landed well outside the top 10 in its expansion. All in all, a decent weekend as we creep ever closer the summer movie season.


It was a good weekend for comedy and fans of Melissa McCarthy as her latest film, The Boss, opened in top spot with $23.48 million. While it only has about a $45,000 lead, for the time being that is enough to give it the edge. It represents the fifth film to open above the $20 million mark for McCarthy and topped the $21 million opening weekend for Tammy, but fell short of the $29 million opening of Spy. To be fair, the film did earn pretty terrible reviews and a rather tepid "C+" Cinemascore, but there is no doubt the film will have no problem topping its $29 million budget by next weekend. All told, the film is likely to wind up in the $85 million to $90 million range by the time it exits theaters. It won't be the highest-grossing film of her career, but it just goes to show how much box office power McCarthy has and I think she can carry as film as well as anyone and she won't be lacking for projects.


The mighty have fallen once again. After suffering a huge drop last week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice posted another 54.3% hit in its third weekend. It brought in $23.43 million and now sits just a hair under $300 million with a $296.6 million total. That does top Man of Steel at $291 million and the film has also topped the likes of The Amazing Spider-Man ($264 million) and Captain America: The Winter Solider ($259 million). That doesn't mean the news isn't tinged with a bit of disappointment as it now looks like the film is going to earn less than Deadpool ($358 million) as it could struggle to even reach $350 million. While it's kind of hard to say $350 million is a disappointment, I'm waiting on subsequent films to see whether DC can turn things around and find the same success as the Marvel films as, thus far, I'm a bit underwhelmed. It has earned $783.4 million and will also fall short of the $1 billion mark by a fair margin.


The animated hit is still showing remarkable staying power, dipping just 25.7% in its sixth weekend in theaters and still remaining in the top three. The film took in $14.3 million and raised its total to $296 million and, like Dawn of Justice, will hit $300 million by next weekend. It is actually doing better than the superhero film, already topping $850 million worldwide including a Disney record $227 in China alone (yes, much better than The Force Awakens... why!?). With Japan still on the way, this film has a much better chance to top $1 billion than Batman v Superman and, if nothing else, will shortly pass Inside/Out in the international market.


The romantic comedy sequel dropped about 43% in its third weekend, bringing in $6.42 million and raising its total to $46.7 million. The film will have no problem topping $50 million. While the film is surely running out of steam (Huntsman should take away most of its audience) it is still looking at a total topping the $60 million mark. I expect that's about as good as you could expect from this one.


The experiment in a first-person perspective in film wound up a bit lower than expected. Predicted at a $7-$10 million opening, Hardcore Henry had to settle for a 5th-place opening at just $5.1 million. Both critics and audience were a bit underwhelmed as well as its 55% Rotten Tomatoes score and "C+" Cinemascore are not exactly ringing endorsements. Still, it brought in exactly the crowd you would expect: 76% male with 67% between the ages of 18-34. Granted, that's also exactly the audience who stays home and plays first-person video games rather than watching them on the big screen. While those under 18 gave the film a ringing endorsement of an "A-" on the other hand those over 50 hated it, giving it a dreaded "F". While not a bomb, it's certainly a disappointment and will probably not usher in a game-changing way to make films. I will still probably check this one out - but I'm definitely sitting in the back row.

Outside the top five: My fault, I though Everybody Wants Some!! was getting a bigger release, but it turns out it was Demolition that was the limited-into-wide release going into the weekend. There wasn't much interest, however, as the Jake Gyllenhaal-led drama opened well outside the top 10 with just $1.12 million in 15th place. With less-than-stellar reviews, my guess is this is going to leave as quietly as it opened.

In milestone news Miracles from Heaven added $4.8 million (6th place) and crossed the $50 million mark with a $53.8 million total, which represents an excellent 4x multiplier to its $13 million budget - not bad at all.

Next week we're getting the live action Jungle Book, the crazy-looking action/crime film Criminal and the comedy Barbershop: The Next Cut.


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