‘The Boss’ Edges out ‘Batman v Superman’ at the Box Office

     April 10, 2016


Yesterday, we reported there was a chance that the new Melissa McCarthy film, The Boss, might make enough to dethrone Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the domestic box office, and now it looks like the broad comedy has done just that. It wasn’t by a huge margin—in fact, when the final numbers come in, it could easily switch. Right now, Deadline has The Boss at $23.48 million while Batman v Superman pulled in $23.435 million. However, Deadline also notes “rivals are projecting that Boss will have the better Saturday to Sunday hold over BvS, -35% to -40%.


Image via Warner Bros.

As for Batman v Superman, the movie fell 54 percent in its third weekend as its total domestic tally rose to $296.7 million according to THR. That’s still impressive, but nowhere near what Warner Bros. wanted for what was arguably the biggest film of the year. It makes sense that the movie has lacked staying power because while it was a film that everyone wanted to see at least once to get an opinion on it, it’s not a fun film to revisit. Credit to Zack Snyder—he’s up front with his audience that this will not be a fun film to sit through, but there’s a reason that serious dramas don’t tear up the box office. Modern cinema is escapist entertainment, and Batman v Superman doesn’t offer much of an escape.

The weekend’s other new wide release, Hardcore Henry performed quite poorly pulling in “just $5.1 million for a fifth place showing from 3,015 locations.” Granted, it’s a movie where the biggest star is Sharlto Copley, but the film’s lack of success should provide interesting fodder on the state of the relationship between video games and movies since Hardcore Henry is a movie that desperately wants to use the visual language and narrative devices of first person shooters.

Here’s this weekend’s top ten, based on studio estimates:

 Title Weekend Total
1. The Boss
$23,480,000 $23.5
2. Batman v Superman
$23,430,000 $296.7
3. Zootopia $14,300,000 $296
4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $6,400,000 $46.8
5. Hardcore Henry
$5,100,000 $5.1
6. Miracles from Heaven
$4,800,000 $53.9
7. God’s Not Dead 2 $4,300,000 $14.1
8. The Divergent Series: Allegiant
$3,600,000 $61.8
9. 10 Cloverfield Lane $3,000,000 $67.9
10. Eye in the Sky
$2,830,000 $10.4

Image via TIFF

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