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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Boss’ Topples the Superheroes + Cheadle’s ‘Miles Ahead’ Continues to Hold Strong

Weekend Box Office: 'The Boss' Topples the Superheroes + Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Continues to Hold Strong

Before we get to the usual stuff, let’s deal with the box office numbers that really matter. And of course I’m referring to the box office numbers for Don Cheadle’s highly-acclaimed and much anticipated Mile davis bio-pic, “Miles Ahead.”

Last week, in a very limited release in only four theaters across the country, the film had the biggest per screen average of any film playing in theaters, with over $28,600 per screen; even beating out Richard Linklater’s new film “Everybody Wants Some” also in limited release. So how did “Miles Ahead” fare in its second week?

Very well indeed. It increased the number of theaters it’s currently playing from 4 to 25, for a weekend total of $227,411, and a b.o. total so far of $377,374. And needless to say, that will increase as it opens in more theaters over the coming weeks. And you know the film will do extremely well overseas. (It had a series of very successful advance screenings in London with Cheadle present doing Q and A’s)

As for the usual stuff, as predicted, Melissa McCarthy continues her reign as the queen of box office comedy, with her latest film, Universal’s “The Boss,” which came in at number one this weekend, with $24,480,000, just edging out the still rapidly shrinking box office for “Batman Vs. Superman” by just $45,000.

However, in the case of McCarthy’s film, which has gotten some of the worst reviews for any film she done so far, with critics calling it a collection of unfunny jokes and scenes in search of a logical plot, industry analysts are wondering how much longer McCarthy can ride on her quickly tiring shtick – that of a foul mouth abrasive shrew. Evidently Universal still thinks she can pull in the bucks and signed her, this week, to make another slapstick comedy for them.

As for “B vs.S,” with over $783 million in worldwide box office so far, the film is almost at the break even point of $800 million, which must bring a sigh of relief to Warner execs. According to one industry insider report, execs actually thought they had a huge winner with “B vs S” when they saw the finished results, only to be stunned when all the bad reviews and the angry reception from filmgoers started coming in. Really? They actually thought that they had a good film when they saw it? Talk about out of touch.

Disney’s “Zootropia” continues to be a solid hit for the studio, but the one big surprise this week just might be the 11th place finish for “The Purge” spoof “Meet the Blacks” with Mike Epps (is there anyone out there who thinks that he geniunely funny rather than some guy who just got lucky?). The film not only has gotten some of the worst reviews for any film so far this year. It also reportedly garnered a number of walkouts by filmgoers. Wonder where it will land next week.

1) The Boss Uni. $23,480,000
2) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice WB $23,435,000  Total: $296,685,542
3) Zootopia BV $14,353,000 Total: $296,012,482
4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Uni. $6,420,000 Total: 46,752,820
5) Hardcore Henry STX $5,096,000
6) Miracles from Heaven TriS $4,844,000 Total: 53,850,619
7) God’s Not Dead 2 PFR $4,051,000 Total: $13,835,295
8) The Divergent Series: Allegiant LG/S $3,600,000 Total:  $61,829,566
9) 10 Cloverfield Lane Par. $3,000,000 Total:$67,975,540
10) Eye in the Sky BST $2,829,375 Total: $10,405,889
11) Meet the Blacks Free $2,270,000
12) Deadpool Fox $2,100,000 Total: $358,424,739

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