“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and Melissa McCarthy‘s “The Boss” are neck and neck in Fandango’s advanced ticket sales, giving the new comedy a shot at dethroning the superhero saga.
According to Fandango’s Fanticipation movie buzz index released on Thursday, “Batman v Superman” scored 81 out of 100 points, whereas “The Boss” tallied 80.
McCarthy’s latest R-rated comedy is also outselling “Tammy” (directed by her husband, Ben Falcone) at the same point in the respective movies’ selling cycles.
STX’s “Hardcore Henry” scored 66 points and is outselling “Hitman: Agent 47” at the same point in the sales cycle.
“Movie fans in search of a date night or girls’ night out are looking forward to Melissa McCarthy‘s latest outing as ‘The Boss,'” says Fandango managing editor Erik Davis, “while action fans will revisit the big-screen showdown between Batman and Superman in its third weekend or plan to take a wildly innovative ride with ‘Hardcore Henry.'”
On Tuesday, TheWrap reported that turnout for the Henry Cavill-Ben Affleck comic book adaptation is expected to drop by half after suffering a massive decline of 69.1 percent in its second weekend. It’s projected to earn less than half of its $51.3 million from last weekend.
“The Boss,” in which McCarthy plays a disgraced industry titan who tries to redeem her reputation by building a brownie empire, is looking to open in the low $20 million range. That’s on par with the actress’ recent box office hits, including last year’s “Spy,” which opened to $29 million, and “Tammy,” which debuted to $21.6 million in 2014.
The weekend’s other wide opener, STX Entertainment’s “Hardcore Henry,” is projected to rake in $7 million to $9 million.