‘The Boss’ Edges out ‘Batman v Superman’ while ‘Hardcore Henry’ flops at the Box Office!!

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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%.”

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.

Also finishing in the top five, Disney‘s Zootopia is now just $4 million shy of $300 million domestically as it dropped only 25.7% and finished the weekend with an estimated $14.3 million. Worldwide, Zootopia is now up to $852.5 million with its opening in Japan yet to come, putting it just $4.3 million behind Inside Out.

Finishing in fourth, Universal‘s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 finished with $6.4 million, representing a 42.8% drop in its third weekend as its cume now stands at $46.7 million.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight‘s release of Demolition into 854 theaters managed only $1.1 million. The film entered the weekend with less than stellar reviews and without that kind of buzz a film like this is going to struggle.

In limited release, Drafthouse‘s release of Karyn Kusama‘s thriller The Invitation brought in an estimated $67,739 from ten theaters and Paladin‘s High Strung finished with an estimated $45,255 from 100 theaters. Zeitgeist‘s Vita Activa brought in an estimated $8,496 from one theater while Kino Lorber‘s Neon Bull took in an estimated $7,133 from one theater.

Next weekend, Disney‘s The Jungle Book will be arriving in domestic theaters, though it got a jump start this weekend in a handful of international locations where it brought in $28.9 million. Included in that number is $7.6 million out of India, the second highest ever industry opening for a Western release, behind only Furious 7. The film lands stateside next weekend and stellar reviews (it’s currently at 100% on RottenTomatoes) and advanced buzz point to a sizable opening weekend.

Additionally, Ice Cube leads a star-studded cast in Barbershop: The Next Cut next weekend and should deliver solid results. Along with The Jungle Book, the two films should deliver a powerful one-two punch to the mid-April box office. They’ll be accompanied by Lionsgate‘s thriller Criminal starring Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Costner and A24‘s limited release of the excellent low budget thriller Green Room.

via Collider and Box Office Mojo

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
The Boss $23.5M $23.5M 1
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $23.4M $296.7M 3
Zootopia $14.4M $296.0M 6
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $6.4M $46.8M 3
Hardcore Henry $5.1M $5.1M 1
Miracles from Heaven $4.8M $53.9M 4
God’s Not Dead 2 $4.3M $14.1M 2
Allegiant $3.6M $61.8M 4
10 Cloverfield Lane $3.0M $68.0M 5
Eye in the Sky $2.8M $10.4M 5
Reported by Box Office Mojo © 2016

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