McCarthy's Boss Fires Superman
Barely
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2016 1:03 PM CDT
Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell in a scene from "The Boss."   (Hopper Stone/Universal Studios via AP)
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(Newser) – Step aside, Batman and Superman. Melissa McCarthy is the boss at the box office now. The actress' latest comedy narrowly topped Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the weekend box office with a $23.5 million debut, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The Boss stars McCarthy as an over-the-top business mogul attempting to rebound after being convicted of insider trading. "It’s a short list of actors who pretty much every time out of the gate have success with audiences," a comScore analyst tells USA Today.

McCarthy's win wasn't a total knockout. The Warner Bros. superhero smackdown starring Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight and Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel nabbed $23.4 million in its third weekend. Batman v Superman has earned an estimated $296.7 million to date. Disney's animated Zootopia came in third place with $14.4 million in its sixth weekend, bringing its total domestic haul to $296 million.