Two major releases and a few highly-anticiapted specialty releases hit the box-office this week. Studios released their latest projects with the hopes of taking down “Batman v Superman,” now in its third week in theaters. Releasing nationwide this weekend are the comedies “The Boss” and the darker comedy “Mr. Right,” they were challenged by the drama “Demolition” and the action-adventure film “Hardcore Henry”.
Taking the top-spot this weekend was the latest from Universal Studios, “The Boss”. The comedy debuted across 3,480 locations this week, earning just over $23.48M domestically. “The Boss” was directed by Ben Falcone, working from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Steve Mallory. Starring in the film are Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage.
Just one-week after its turbulent 70% drop in ticket-sales, “Batman v Superman” fell another 54% this week to land in second-place overall. The superhero brawler brought in $23.43M over the weekend for Warner Bros., remaining at 4,102 theaters. The film has now earned just shy of $300M at the domestic box-office, having been in theaters for three weeks now. “Batman vs Superman” was directed by Zack Snyder, working off a script written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer. Among the many stars of the action-film are Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot.
Hanging-on to third-place with $14.3M was Disney’s “Zootopia,” now in its sixth week in theaters. The animated comedy has now earned over $296M domestically and this week the latest Disney installment remained in 3,444 locations. “Zootopia” features the voice-talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons and Shakira.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” also from Universal Pictures, earned an additional $6.4M this weekend at the domestic box-office. Despite dropping 42% from the previous week, the film remained in 3,027 locations across the country. In the three weeks since its release, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” has earned almost $47M domestically. Kirk Jones directed the film, written and directed by Nia Vardalos. John Corbett and Michael Constantine also star in the film.
Only managing to reach fifth-place overall during its opening weekend, “Hardcore Henry” from STX screened across 3,015 locations for just $5.1M domestically. “Hardcore Henry” was directed by Ilya Naishuller, who also wrote the screenplay with help from Will Stewart. Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth and Haley Bennett star in the film.
At the speciality box-office, “Demolition” from FoxSearchlight debuted to an impressive $1.1M domestically. A hefty sum considering the film opened to just 854 locations nationwide. “Demolition” was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the screenplay was written by Bryan Sipe. Starring in the film are Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
A film worth noting is the thriller “The Invitation,” which opened to just 10 theaters this week but pulled-in $67,739 domestically. Karyn Kusama directed the thriller, working from a screenplay written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michiel Huisman. You can checkout the trailer for the dark thriller in the link above.
Despite its popular cast, “Mr. Right only earned $25K across 35 locations. “Mr. Right” was directed by Paco Cabezas, with a script written by Max Landis. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell and Tim Roth.