If you were not yet convinced, then the opening of The Boss should prove who’s the boss of comedy in Hollywood right now. Melissa McCarthy has starred in yet another movie that has opened with $20 million+ on its opening weekend, which is fantastic considering her movies usually have modest budgets. The opening of The Boss stands at $23.5 million, somewhere between that of 2015’s The Spy ($29.1 million) and 2014’s Tammy ($21.6 million). The production budget of The Boss is only $29 million as against $65 million spent on The Spy, which gives the former a better revenues to cost ratio. The reviews are generally negative for the movie with a 17% score on Rottentomatoes, which would likely result in less than $100 million total box-office collections in North America, but with decent earnings expected in overseas markets, The Boss is definitely a hit. To be churning out commercially successful movies with such consistency is absolutely amazing, a feat which many big stars are not able to manage. Melissa McCarthy will be seen on the big screen soon enough, collaborating with director Paul Feig once more, this time for the reboot of Ghostbusters. Will that movie do well? Who will dare say ‘No’!
Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped by 54% on its third weekend, narrowly slipping to second spot on the domestic box-office charts behind The Boss, though these are initial estimates and the actual numbers could be slight different. Nonetheless, Warner Bros./DC will be more curious on how much more the movie can earn from overseas rather than North America where it will saturate soon enough. The movie has garnered $783 million worldwide till now, of which about $487 million has come from foreign markets. While commercially the movie is definitely a success, the big question is whether it will earn more than a billion dollars which is the new ‘elite club’ of the major blockbusters. Considering that a combination of two great superhero franchises had been used here, falling short of a billion would be seen by some as a failure.
The other new releases – Hardcore Henry and Demolition – failed to impress. Hardcore Henry had an opening collection of $5.1 million while Demolition opened with only $1.1 million, though the latter released in less than a thousand theatres. A better parameter to gauge these unimpressive openings is the average earning per theatre which is $1,690 for Hardcore Henry and $1,317 for Demolition, which is nowhere close to the $6,747 figure for The Boss. I do not have the production budgets for these movies but I expect them to be on the lower side which would limit the losses to the studios. The weak performance of Demolition is a bit of a dampener for Jake Gyllenhaal who was otherwise on a roll with some impressive acting performances in Nightcrawler and then Southpaw.
Nothing is acting as a dampener for Disney’s Zootopia though, as the movie barely registers a fall of more than 25% each week. With $853 million worldwide earnings so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if it manages to achieve a billion dollars figure while Batman v Superman fails! Last weekend’s God’s Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks have dropped out of the top five spots pretty quickly, beyond which there is nothing more to say. Next weekend should get exciting once more as Disney’s The Jungle Book hits the theatres in North America. Disney can’t go wrong at the box-office, right?
Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):
1. The Boss ($23.5 million)
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($23.4 million; third weekend)
3. Zootopia ($14.4 million; sixth weekend)
4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($6.4 million; third weekend)
5. Hardcore Henry ($5.1 million)