It was a tight race for the top spot at the box office this weekend, but Melissa McCarthy managed to beat DC's greatest heroes.
Coming in the top spot is The Boss (read our review) with $23.48 million grossed in its first three days. Overall, that's not an impressive figure, as it was way below the debuts for other McCarthy vehicles like The Heat ($39.1 million) and Identity Thief ($34.5 million). In addition, that total is marginally better than Tammy ($21.5 million). The Boss was able to surpass the modest expectations set for it, but it's far from becoming the next comedy smash. The film wasn't helped by lackluster reviews, which painted it as a thin, inconsistent mess. McCarthy's star power was enough to carry it through the first weekend, but it's doubtful that it holds well in the coming weeks.
Coming in second is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with $23.43 million earned in its third weekend. Zack Snyder's latest comic book adaptation was hit hard by the second weekend blues, and the drop-off continued. It fell 54.3 percent this weekend, indicating that the mixed word-of-mouth caught up with the film and didn't do it any favors. Batman V Superman is now up to $296.6 million domestically, surpassing the Stateside gross for Man of Steel. Internationally, it is currently at $783.4 million, working its way to the $800 million needed to turn a profit. Dawn of Justice is in a tricky box office middle ground; it's certainly no flop, but it's not the runaway success that Warner Bros. hoped for.
In third is Zootopia. Disney's animated hit keeps chugging along, making $14.3 million in its sixth week of release. It raised its domestic total to $296 million, and is now the second-highest earner in Walt Disney Animation Studios' history. While it probably won't reach the heights of Frozen ($400.7 million), that's still a great accomplishment.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is the #4 film with $6.4 million. It's now up to $46.7 million domestically, a far cry from the performance of the original.
Opening in fifth is the action flick Hardcore Henry (read our review). It brought in just $5 million in its first three days. Though the film had a unique gimmick going for it in the first-person presentation, it clearly wasn't enough to draw in large crowds. More high-profile options combined with a mixed critical response most likely did it in, and the project won't have much pull with audiences moving forward - especially with the summer movie season right around the corner.
At #6 is Miracles From Heaven. The film made $4.8 million to raise its domestic total to $53.8 million in the States.
Religious drama God's Not Dead 2 comes in seventh with $4.3 million. It's now up to $14.1 million domestically.
Young-adult adaptation The Divergent Series: Allegiant comes in eighth with $3.6 million. The film has brought in just $61.8 million during its North American run.
10 Cloverfield Lane is the #9 movie with $3 million. The thriller has now made $67.9 million Stateside.
Finishing off the top 10 is Eye in the Sky. Making $2.8 million over the weekend, it is now up to $10.4 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 11 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo