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The Boss has unseated Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice from the top of the North American box office.

Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy, in which she plays an eccentric tycoon, took an estimated $23.5 million on its debut weekend.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was knocked to second place in its third week, pulling in an estimated $23.4 million.

The margin between the top two films is one of the closest in recent years, according to industry analysts.

Dawn of Justice has defied poor reviews, having taken almost $300 million in the US.The Boss box office

The movie, in which Ben Affleck plays Batman and Henry Cavill takes the role of Superman, now ranks as the third highest-grossing DC Comics release to date in the US, according to Box Office Mojo.

Dawn of Justice’s box office haul has now surpassed 2013’s Man of Steel, also starring Henry Cavill, which took $291 million. However, Dawn of Justice‘s takings has dropped by 54% since its first week of release.

The Boss was co-written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone.

Critics had not expected it to perform well, but the movie has done better than Melissa McCarthy’s 2014 comedy Tammy.

In third place came Disney’s Zootopia with $14.4 million, slipping one spot from last week.

Now in its sixth weekend of release, the animated movie featuring the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin has made a US total of $296 million.

Comedy sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was at No 4, making $6.4 million.

North American box office top 4:

  1. The Boss – $23.5 million
  2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $23.4 million
  3. Zootopia – $14.4 million
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – $6.4 million


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has taken $424 million at the global box office in its first five days despite poor reviews.

The global total – the fourth-highest ever – included $170.1 million in the US, a record for a March debut and the sixth-highest US opening weekend.

Batman v Superman brings the two superheroes together for the first time is a welcome success for Warner Bros.

Warner Bros has been hit by a series of expensive failures such as Jupiter Ascending and Pan in recent months.Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Takes $424M Globally

The DC Comics adaptation, which cost more than $250 million to make, was Warner Bros’ second-highest international opening after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Dawn of Justice opened on more than 40,000 screens in 66 markets, including 16,000 in China, 4,242 in the US, 1,701 in the UK and 1,696 in South Korea.

The Zack Snyder-directed film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavil, is the first of 10 DC Comics adaptations planned by Warner Bros over the next five years, including Wonder Woman and the Flash.

The first, Suicide Squad, will hit the big screen in August.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens still holds the record for the biggest box office debut weekend globally, with ticket sales of $529 million in December 2015, including $248 million in the United States.