Melissa McCarthy Shows She Is ‘The Boss’ With Box Office Win
Melissa McCarthy is Ben Affleck’s kryptonite.
Batman v. Superman, previously holding the number one spot for two consecutive weeks, finished second with a weekend gross of $23.44 million.
“The Boss,” a funny flick released by Universal and starring McCarthy had dismal reviews, as did “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” but still managed to open number one—for one reason: Melissa McCarthy.
According to Universal, 79 percent of movie-goers cited McCarthy as the reason for seeing the film.
“We love the fact that Melissa is a genuine movie star, people love her comedies and she opens at No. 1,” said Universal’s domestic distribution president Nicholas Carpou. He continued on to say, “‘The Boss’ is a female-driven, R-rated, raunchy comedy that delivers, and there hasn’t been one for a while.”
The Ben Falcone directed film shows ex-convict Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) rebuild her life after a stint in prison for insider trading. McCarthy with the help of personal assistant Claire (Kristen Bell), establishes a brownie company, but still finds that her past comes back to haunt her.
It’s been a winning week for the 45-year-old actress all-around.
She received the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movies Awards on April 10; defeated Jimmy Fallon in a lip sync battle on April 4; defeated her husband, Falcone in a cooking competition on the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”; announced on April 7 to Ellen DeGeneres she is returning as Sookie St. James on the “Gilmore Girls” revival.
McCarthy’s next film, “Ghostbusters” is set for release in July 2016.