Box Office: Melissa McCarthy Holds on to Beat ‘Batman v Superman’

Melissa McCarthy’s star power prevailed as “The Boss” topped “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” by $240,000 at the weekend box office.

Monday’s final numbers placed Universal’s “The Boss” at $23.58 million for its opening, while Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman” finished its third weekend in second place with $23.34 million. That left the contenders with a slightly wider gap than on Sunday, when Warner Bros. distribution exec VP Jeff Goldstein predicted that the third weekend of the superhero movie would come out on top.

Both titles are due to be overshadowed during the upcoming weekend when Disney opens its live-action-CG hybrid “The Jungle Book” amid sterling reviews.

“The Boss” may be slowed down by a middling word of mouth from audiences in light of the film’s C+ CinemaScore. The film is a collaboration between McCarthy and her spouse Ben Falcone, who directed and co-wrote. McCarthy portrays the head of a brownie-selling empire after she’s released from prison for insider trading.

“Batman v Superman” wound up the weekend with a 17-day domestic total of $296.6 million to eclipse “Man of Steel” at $291 million. It will become the 58th movie to hit the $300 million domestic mark in the next few days.

On the foreign front, “Batman v Superman” grossed $34 million in 67 markets, lifting its international cume to $486.8 million. China is the top market at $93.3 million, followed by the U.K. at $47.5 million.

Given its $250 million price tag plus its huge marketing costs, “Batman v Superman” will probably be only moderately profitable for Warner Bros. The movie, directed by Zack Snyder, served to introduce DC Entertainment characters Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash for their own upcoming standalone movies.

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