Melissa McCarthy’s new Atlanta-filmed comedy The Boss has edged out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to top the North American box office.
The Bridesmaids comedienne’s latest release, in which the actress stars as a business mogul who tries to rebuild her empire after a prison stint, has been panned by critics, but the negative reviews haven’t hurt its box office performance. It debuts at number one with a $23.5 million gross, according to early estimates.
The figure places it just ahead of the Man of Steel sequel, which has continued to perform well despite also receiving poor reviews. It adds another $23.4 million in its third weekend on release, helping the superhero blockbuster boost its domestic haul to $296.7 million, while its global total now stands at $783.5 million.
Zootopia trails in third place with $14.4 million, while My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and action movie Hardcore Henry round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie Demolition has failed to make waves at the box office. It opens with just over $1.12 million after being screened in more than 850 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
The Boss‘ popularity is great news for McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who co-wrote and directed the movie, as they unveil plans for their next film, titled Life of the Party.
The picture will be their second collaboration with New Line studio officials, and will again star McCarthy with Falcone behind the camera. The couple also penned the script for the project, which will be produced via its On The Way film firm.
2016 is shaping up to be another big year for McCarthy, who earned the Comedic Genius Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Saturday night. She is set to appear in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot, while she recently closed a deal to return to the Gilmore Girls for a TV revival. She will reprise her role as Sookie St. James for the four-part, 90-minute mini-movies, which are due to air on online streaming service Netflix.
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