They write, he directs, she stars. It was a model that worked pretty well for spouse collaborators Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy when they partnered up for Tammy. Their second project, The Boss, which debuted this weekend, managed to do a little bit better at the box office.
The Boss opened at number one, banking an estimated $23 million, a small step up from Tammy's $21 million start in 2014. Critics hate the comedy flick (they didn't care much for Tammy either) but it's all set to turn a nice profit for the Falcone/McCarthy team.
The margin of difference between The Boss and second place is absurdly narrow (less than $50,000), and after estimates are updated to actuals tomorrow it may have to cede its crown back to Batman v. Superman, but for now it's claiming victory and no doubt already preparing an ad campaign touting its number one status.
Batman v Superman was only narrowly nudged into second place, adding $23 million and just missing the $300 million mark this weekend. It's still on track to edge past Deadpool to become the highest grossing movie of the year to date, but by the time it does the DC Comics leader will face the harsh reality of surrendering the title rather quickly to Marvel's Captain America: Civil War after it arrives in early May.
Movies based on video games don't do well. This weekend a movie tried a different twist, taking a non-video game movie and designing it to look and feel like you're playing a realistic video game. It didn't go over well. With just $5 million Hardcore Henry opened at a weak number five.
Distributor STX picked the movie Hardcore Henry up off of the film festival circuit for a reported $10 million, no doubt expecting the novelty of the movie alone would make it worth twice that in theaters. Now, after marketing costs are factored in, it looks more like STX will have to settle for something closer to breaking even.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: