The secret ingredient to a major box office hit? Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy's newest R-rated comedy, The Boss, made an estimated $23.5 million when it opened this past weekend, knocking Batman v Superman down to second place with a mere $23.4 million.
McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a bold and unscrupulous businesswoman who gets arrested for insider trading, then leads a band of badass little girls to peddle brownies like total bosses.
The 45-year-old actress has been enjoying A-list comedic status with recent films Spy, Identity Thief, and the Ghostbusters reboot, which is set for a September 2016 release. Jeff Bock, from analysis company Exhibitor Relations, describes McCarthy's success:
“She has a hot streak going like no other comedian, male or female, working today. You have to consider the lineage of Eddie Murphy in the ’80s, Jim Carrey in the ’90s and Adam Sandler in the aughts. She is their heir apparent.”
While her films may not always be a massive hit with the critics, fans adore McCarthy's comedy regardless. 76 percent of ticket buyers from Boss's opening weekend admitted that they were mostly only there to see McCarthy.
'The Boss' also stars Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage, and is in theaters now.