Weekend box office: The Boss battles Batman v Superman

There seems to be two running storylines regarding this weekend’s box office results.  The first is the continuing decline of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, dropping another 50%+ from its previous totals.  That was to be expected, but now that reports have come out that the film will actually make less than MAN OF STEEL, it has to be uncomfortable sitting at the executive table at Warner Bros.  But if the current predictions hold true, at least it will finish in the top spot…barely.  The big contender is Melissa McCarthy’s latest, THE BOSS.  The film looks to finish around $21 million and although that’s not bad for a simple comedy, the question remains how long McCarthy is going to be able to carry films like these.  This feels like a retread of some of her previous films and although she’s funny in everything, I’m guessing audiences will grow tired of her schtick.  But I said that about Adam Sandler for years and he managed to stretch out the same character for dozens of films.

Next week should be the end of BATMAN V SUPERMAN’s run at the top of the weekend box office.  We have a couple of movies that should finish above it, starting with Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK.  The film looks visually amazing, but I’m curious to see if translates into a good, live-action film.  The movie it will be competing with for the top spot is the sequel BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT.  The original and the sequel both opened above $20 million, so if the trend continues, The Next Cut could flirt with $30 million.  My guess is THE JUNGLE BOOK takes the top spot, given its appeal to kids.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $21.6m

2. The Boss $21.1m

3. Zootopia $13.7m

4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $6.3m

5. Hardcore Henry $5.2m

6. Miracles From Heaven $4.4m

7. God’s Not Dead 2 $4.3m

8. Allegiant $3.3m

9. 10 Cloverfield Lane $2.8m

10. Eye in the Sky $2.7m

(Deadline)

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