Melissa McCarthy fights off critics, Batman and Superman to top US box office

The stars critically loathed comedy The Boss takes the top spot dethroning Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice after simply two weeks at No 1

The Melissa McCarthy-led comedy The Boss dethroned Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice to take the No 1 spot at the US box office last weekend with an estimated opening of $23.48 m( 16.53 m ).

The Boss, directed against McCarthys husband Ben Falcone, triumphed despite failing to pick up the kind of positive reviews that usually greet the actors collaborations with Paul Feig. The cinema, starring the Bridesmaids actor as a former business heavyweight struggling to rebuild her life after completing a incarcerate sentence for insider trading, has a rating of just 17% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and was labelled an unfunny, chaotic mess of ludicrous plotting and tone-deaf set-pieces by Jordan Hoffman in the Guardian.

Victory for The Boss mean Zack Snyders Batman v Superman slipped off the top spot after just 2 week at No 1, despite its barnstorming $166 m opening a fortnight ago. The movie now boasts $296.6 m in Northern america and $783.4 m worldwide, but looks likely to fall short of the magical$ 1bn mark. However, its third-weekend haul of $23.435 m was only just short of that garnered by The Boss, and Snyders movie could yet pull ahead when final estimates are in.

Batman v Superman the coming week became the highest-grossing superhero movie of 2016 in so far, overtaking Deadpool, and is the second highest-grossing movie overall behind Zootopia( Zootropolis in the UK ). But derisive reviews and the films record-breaking second-weekend revenue fell have led to plenty of industry navel-gazing over whether Warner Bros now needs a Marvel-style central executive to oversee its ambitious plans for a DC Comics-based cinematic universe.

Zootopia slipped one spot to third place this time around, its $14.3 m sixth-weekend haul taking Disneys animated narrative of a city inhabited by talking animals to a total of $296 m in Northern america. Comedy sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 also dropped one place to fourth with a third-weekend gross of $6.4 m and a total of $46.7 m.

The only other new cinema to construct the top 10 was the much-discussed sci-fi action movie Hardcore Henry, which was shot almost entirely from a first-person view use the GoPro Hero 3 camera. Ilya Naishullers movie, which stars Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett and Tim Roth, was in fifth place, attained$ 5m on debut.

Despite its innovative style, Hardcore Henry received mixed reviews. Hardcore taps into a 14 -year-old boys brain, marinating in a vat of Mountain Dew, fantasising about high-energy kills, lusty women and loud music, wrote Hoffman in September.

North American box office estimations, 8-10 April

The Boss: $23.48 m – NEW Batman v Superman: Dawning of Justice: $23.435 m. Total: $296.7 m Zootopia: $14.3 m. Total: $296 m My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: $6.4 m. Total: $46.7 m Hardcore Henry:$ 5m – NEW Miracles from Heaven: $4.8 m. Total: $53.8 m Gods Not Dead 2: $4.3 m. Total: $14.11 m The Divergent Series: Allegiant: $3.6 m. Total: $61.8 m 10 Cloverfield Lane:$ 3m. Total: $67.9 m Eye in the Sky: $2.8 m. Total: $10.4 m

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