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McCarthy's The Boss tops US box office

Associated Press Associated Press 10/04/2016

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 $US23.5 million ($A31.3 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.

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 $US23.4 million ($A31.1 million) in its third weekend. Despite poor reviews and word of mouth, Batman v Superman has earned an estimated $US296.7 million ($A395.3 million) to date.

When the final box office figures are released Monday, the DC Comics mash-up could end up overcoming McCarthy's R-rated Universal comedy.

"It's incredibly close," said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore's senior media analyst. "It's one of the closest results between first- and second-place films I've ever seen. Anything can happen. We'll know for sure tomorrow."

Disney's Zootopia landed in third place with $US14.4 million ($A19.1 million). In its sixth weekend, the animated film featuring the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin has earned a total domestic haul of $US296 million ($A394.3 million).

The weekend's only other newcomer, STX Entertainment's first-person action romp Hardcore Henry, opened in fifth place with a dismal $US5.1 million ($A6.8 million).

The top ten US and Canadian films:

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.

5. Hardcore Henry, $5.1 million.

6. Miracles From Heaven, $4.8 million

7. God's Not Dead 2, $4.3 million.

8. The Divergent Series: Allegiant, $3.6 million.

9. 10 Cloverfield Lane, $3 million.

10. Eye in the Sky, $2.8 million.

*Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. All figures in US Dollars.

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