“The Boss” Fires “Batman v Superman” on Way to Weekend Crown


April 8-10, 2016

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)


The Boss  $23.4 million
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $23.4 million
Zootopia $14.3 million
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $6.4 million
Hardcore Henry $5.0 million

What was that about Melissa McCarthy needing some career guidance? The Boss debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $23.4 million. That marks her fifth straight opening of more than $20 million, when she plays a leading role. The quality of her movies might fluctuate, but there’s no denying her star power.

Even more, The Boss beat out Batman v Superman. Though only $50,000 separate the top two movies, it’s a sign that the latter is in total free-fall. It wasn’t supposed to drop this much this quickly, and it was only supposed to cede the top spot next week, when another big-budget movie took over.

Zootopia continued its impressive hold. It still hasn’t crossed $300 million just yet – only Deadpool has hit that milestone so far – but will go down as Disney’s second-biggest movie ever (excluding Pixar titles). It’s already the 10th biggest animated movie of all time. Like all those films, they opened big, but had impressive legs. Families kept going back time and again.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took the No. 4 spot and has done about as well as most romantic comedies these days. It’s just not a phenomenon. Hardcore Henry finished just below that. The extremely violent action flick only took in $5 million, hardly enough to kickstart any new filmmaking revolutions. But it’s bound to be a big hit on home video and streaming.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's mostly fictional biopic of jazz great Miles Davis. The film remained on top, while adding 21 screens and averaging $9,096.
  • Demolition got demolished. Once again forgetting that indie movies can’t just open wide without some heavy promotion, Fox Searchlight dropped it on 854 screens, where it took in only $1.1 million. That’s a dreadful opening and although it’s the biggest debut ever for director Jean-Marc Vallee, it will end up as his lowest-grossing movie to date. It’s also going to be Jake Gyllenhaal’s smallest wide release ever.
  • It’s now out on home video, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still playing in plenty of theaters. In 17 weeks, it’s broken nearly every record known to man. It’s the biggest movie of all time in the U.S., having taken in $935 million. That’s $175 million more than the next biggest movie (Avatar).

Next week:

Look for the bare necessities as The Jungle Book will rule the box office. Disney has done great business with its live-action remakes and this one will be no different. $90 million is probably a safe bet. That’s 10 times what Criminal or Barbershop: The Next Cut will do.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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