The Boss (2016 film)

The Boss

A woman sitting on a chair with two dogs

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Falcone
Produced by
Written by
  • Ben Falcone
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Steve Mallory
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Julio Macat
Edited by Craig Alpert
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21) (Sydney)
  • April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $29 million[2]
Box office $78.6 million[3]

The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone, Melissa McCarthy and Steve Mallory. The film stars McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates, Annie Mumolo, Timothy Simons and Peter Dinklage.

The film was released on April 8, 2016, by Universal Pictures and was smaller box office success, despite receiving largely negative reviews.


The story follows Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading, denounced by her former lover, Renault (Peter Dinklage). After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) and her young daughter, Rachel (Ella Anderson). Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire.



Initially announced as Michelle Darnell,[4] the film is based on a character McCarthy created for the comedy troupe Groundlings.[5] Universal was at first unable to decide on the gender of the film's antagonist. Before Peter Dinklage was finally cast, the studio also considered Oprah Winfrey, Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock as possibilities.[6] Kathy Bates plays Ida Marquette, Darnell's mentor,[7] and Kristen Bell plays Claire, Darnell's former personal assistant.[8]


Principal photography began March 12, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia[9] and filmed in numerous area locations, including Agnes Scott College, Crescent Avenue in Midtown, Glenwood Park, and the Buckhead Loop area.[10]


The first official full-length trailer was released on November 19, 2015.[11] The film was released on April 8, 2016.[12]


Box office

The Boss has grossed $63.1 million in the USA & Canada, and $15.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $78.6 million against a budget of $29 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, pre-release tracking suggested the film would gross $20–24 million from 3,480 theaters in its opening weekend, besting fellow newcomers Hardcore Henry ($7–10 million projection) and Demolition ($2–3 million projection).[13] The film grossed $985,000 from its early Thursday screenings and $8.1 million on its first day. It went on to gross $23.6 million in its opening weekend, finishing first at the box office.[14]

Critical response

The Boss received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 22%, based on 162 reviews, with an average of 4.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down The Boss."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[16] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[14]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Melissa McCarthy Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Pending
Kristen Bell Pending


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  2. "Box Office: Melissa McCarthy Looks to Unseat 'Batman v Superman'". Variety. April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  3. 1 2 "The Boss (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  4. "Melissa McCarthy's 'Michelle Darnell' Gets New Title – Update". September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  5. "Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Preview 5 New Film Projects - Variety". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  6. Kroll, Justin (February 4, 2015). "Peter Dinklage to Star with Melissa McCarthy in 'Michelle Darnell' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  7. Kit, Borys (February 12, 2015). "Kathy Bates Reuniting With Melissa McCarthy for 'Michelle Darnell' (Exclusive)". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  8. Kit, Borys (February 18, 2015). "Kristen Bell Joins Melissa McCarthy in 'Michelle Darnell'". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  9. "Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage in Atlanta for the movie "Michelle Darnell"". March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  10. "Melissa McCarthy's sassy new red hairdo". May 3, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  11. "See the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy's The Boss". Entertainment Weekly. November 19, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  12. "Melissa McCarthy Comedy 'Michelle Darnell' Gets Release Date". January 5, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  13. "Melissa McCarthy Will Try To 'Boss' Around 'BvS' At Box Office; Will 'Hardcore Henry' Sway Audiences? — Preview".
  14. 1 2 "'Batman V. Superman' Likely To Cross $300M Early Next Week; 'The Boss' Cashing In $21M Paycheck – B.O. Update".
  15. "The Boss (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  16. "The Boss reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 27, 2016.

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