AceShowbiz - %cMelissa McCarthy% is "The Boss" in the Box Office chart this week. Despite bad reviews, the R-rated comedy managed to debut at number one and narrowly beat "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" by taking in approximately $23.48 million.
"The Boss", which was written by McCarthy, her husband %cBen Falcone% and their "Groundlings" collaborator Steve Mallory, follows the actress as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. Critics gave the comedy a Rotten Tomatoes score of 19 percent, calling it something to add to the "pile of mediocrity" and a "catastrophic comic miscalculation." It also received a C+ rating from CinemaScore.
However, McCarthy's star power as comedy icon as well as the pic's female-led character has lured 67 percent female moviegoers and 51 percent under the age of 35. "She has a hot streak going like no other comedian, male or female, working today," said Exhibitor Relations' analyst Jeff Bock. "You have to consider the lineage of %cEddie Murphy% in the '80s, %cJim Carrey% in the '90s and %cAdam Sandler% in the aughts. She is their heir apparent."
It was McCarthy's third number 1 opening after "Identity Thief" and "Spy". Nicholas Carpou, Universal's domestic distribution president, said, "We love the fact that Melissa is a genuine movie star, people love her comedies and she opens at number one. 'The Boss' is a female-driven, R-rated raunchy comedy that delivers, and there hasn't been one for a while."
Meanwhile, the superhero movie had to settle on the second place with an estimated $23.44 million. It fell 54 percent in its third weekend and accumulated a total domestic gross of $296.7 million. Disney's "Zootopia" took the third position with approximately $14.4 million, followed by romantic comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" with $6.4 million. New entry "Hardcore Henry" opened at just $5.1 million, enough to place it at number 5.