Tag: Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office: ‘The Predator’ Preying on ‘The Nun’ With $25M Bow

Elsewhere, Paul Feig’s ‘A Simple Favor’ is coming in ahead of expectations, while Matthew McConaughey’s crime-drama ‘White Boy Rick’ may not hit $10 million in its launch.

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Shane Black’s The Predator preyed on the competition at the Friday box office, earning $10.5 million from 4,037 theaters for a projected $25 million weekend debut.

The reboot, from Fox, may be coming in behind expectations, but it won’t have any trouble dethroning holdover The Nun, which is tumbling more than 65 percent in its second weekend to a projected $18.5 million. (The Nun is still a win for New Line and Warner Bros., considering its modest $22 million budget, and will finish Sunday with a domestic total of roughly $85 million.)

The Predator reboot opens more than 30 years after the first Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite military team fighting off a menacing extra-terrestrial, hit the big screen. This time out, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen and Sterling K. Brown star as the Predator-battling gang.

Box-office observers don’t believe that the male-fueled film is being hurt by the controversy that erupted last week when word broke that Fox cut a scene after Munn informed the studio that an actor and acquaintance of Black’s with a small role in the movie, Steven Wilder Striegel, was a registered sex offender.

Critics haven’t been kind to the film, while audiences gave it a lowly C+ CinemaScore (two of the previous films in the series likewise earned some variation of a C grade).

Elsewhere, Paul Feig’s new neo-noir-comedy A Simple Favor is doing better business than expected, grossing an estimated $6 million on Friday from 3,102 theaters for a projected $16 million-plus debut. Starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians fame, the Lionsgate release is a marked departure for Feig, the filmmaker behind such comedic romps as Bridesmaids.

A dark tale about toxic friendships and the underside of suburbia, Simple Favor, earning a B+ CinemaScore, follows a mommy vlogger (Kendrick) who tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend (Lively) with the help of her BFF’s husband (Golding). What emerges is a tale of betrayal, secrets, revelations, love, loyalty, revenge and murder.

Matthew McConaughey is also gracing the big screen this weekend in filmmaker Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick. From Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, the crime drama earned $3.5 million on Friday for a projected debut of $9.2 million. The awards hopeful received a mediocre B CinemaScore.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, White Boy Rick is based on the real-life story of the teenage son of a blue-collar father who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer before being abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. Newcomer Richie Merritt stars opposite McConaughey.

The weekend’s other new pic, the faith-based Unbroken: A Path to Redemption is struggling to hit $3 million in its debut, despite being the only one of the four new films to be graced with an A CinemaScore. Playing in 1,602 locations, the movie is a “spiritual” successor, or sequel, to Angelina Jolie and Universal’s Unbroken. This time out, faith-based distributor Pure Flix is in charge of the film’s release.

Path to Redemption draws from the second half of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book Unbroken and recounts what happened when Louis Zamperini (Samuel Hunt) returned home after surviving 47 days on a life raft only to be captured and tortured for two years at a Japanese POW camp. The pic chronicles Zamperini’s conversion to evangelical Christianity — which saves his marriage — after attending a Billy Graham revival. Will Graham portrays his late minister grandfather in the movie.

#1 ‘Les Misérables’ Now $58.6M Worldwide; #2 ‘The Hobbit’ Passes $523M Global Cume; #3 ‘Django Unchained’ Now $25M Domestic; Billy Crystal & Bette Midler Beat Tom Cruise

Working Title/Universal’s #1 Les Misérables has grossed $28.3M internationally.Combined with the North American 2-day total of $30.3M, the worldwide cume now is $58.6M. The film is playing in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain so there are many overseas territories still to go. Australia opened Wednesday with $1.9M and set the record as the biggest opening day ever for a musical (45% bigger than the opening day of Mamma Mia!). It was also the biggest opening day for a Russell Crowe film and the biggest opening day for a Working Title production. As for #2, MGM/Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey now has amassed a gargantuane $344M international and $179.7M domestic for a global cume of $523.7M. In the #3 slot, Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Django Unchained for The Weinstein Company has made $25M domestic in just two days. Sony is releasing it abroad. And rounding out the Top 5, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in the Walden/Fox family fare Parental Guidance continue to beat Tom Cruise in the Paramount/Skydance actioner Jack Reacher. Go figure. Here’s how the rest of the holiday films are shaping up based on Wednesday estimates:

1. Les Misérables (Working Title/Universal) NEW [Runs 2,808]
Christmas Day $18.1M, Wednesday $12.2M (-32%), Cume $30.3M

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (MGM/WB) Week 2 [Runs 4,100]
Christmas Day $11.3M, Wednesday $11.3M, Cume $168.3M

3. Django Unchained (Sony/Weinstein) NEW [Runs 3,010]
Christmas Day $15.0M, Wednesday $10.0M (-33%), Cume $25.0M

4. Parental Guidance (Walden/Fox) NEW [Runs 3,358]
Christmas Day $6.4M, Wednesday $4.2M (-32%), Cume $10.6M

5. Jack Reacher (Skydance/Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 3,352]
Christmas  Day $5.3M, Wednesday $3.8M, Cume $27.1M

6. This Is 40 (Universal) Week 1 [Runs 2,913]
Christmas Day $4.4M, Wednesday $3.3M, Cume $20.8M

7. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 7 [Runs 1,966]
Christmas Day $2.3M, Wednesday $2.1M, Cume $122.4M

8. The Guilt Trip (Skydance/Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 2,431]
Christmas Day $2.6M, Wednesday $1.6M, Cume $12.6M

9. Monsters Inc 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 1 [Runs 2,618]
Christmas Day $1.4M, Wednesday $1.6M, Cume $10.1M

10. Rise Of The Guardians (DWA/Par) Week 5 [Runs 3,031]
Christmas Day $1.2M, Wednesday $1.4M, Cume $83.8M

Weekend Box Office: ‘Skyfall’ Scores Best James Bond Opening Ever; ‘Lincoln’ Smashes In Limited Release

Casino Royale” proved to be the highest grossing Bond film of all time with $594 million in receipts worldwide six years ago. And “Skyfall” will beat that record within three week of its domestic bow? After wrecking international crowds with $320 million as of last Wednesday (becoming the biggest Bond in U.K. history), this massive first weekend American gross of $87.8 million bumped “Skyfall” numbers over $500 million today. That’s $518 million in 17 days for the best november debut for a film that’s not a ‘Potter‘ or ‘Twilight‘ film. Not too shabby. Paramount continued its mini-wide release of “Flight,” which registered spectacular numbers in less than 2000 theaters last weekend. Perhaps the thought was to leverage the picture’s possibly-limited appeal with strategic theater placement, as the second weekend dip comes even with the film stretching into 2,047 locations. It’s not a bad hold, and strong Cinemascore ratings and supportive critical notices will likely find it hanging on solidly for more weeks to come. Undoubtedly, Denzel Washington has another solid hit on his hands, particularly with this picture reportedly coming in at a $30 million cost, and as nominations and critics groups start start handing out awards, “Flight” may manage even more legs. “Argo” continues to be a major word-of-mouth hit, holding steady after five weeks. By next weekend it will likely surpass director Ben Affleck’s last picture, “The Town.” Surprisingly not far behind, and completing its unprecedented sixth weekend in the top five is “Taken 2,” which rage-punched its way past the $130 million mark, and is actually beginning to approach the domestic tally of the first picture. A sequel of distinctly lesser quality nearly matching the original picture stateside is rare, though “Taken 2” has already smashed the first film’s tally overseas by a significant margin. Taking a strong third week tumble is “Cloud Atlas,” benefiting from very little mainstream product being released the last couple of weeks. Though there was a complex release scheme for this film through Warner Bros., one more heavily dependent on foreign receipts, there’s no doubt some people are losing money on this experiment, putting into question the bankability of “The Matrix” directors The Wachowski siblings. It only took eleven theaters for “Lincoln” to threaten the top ten, but here we are. Steven Spielberg’s sepia-tinged history lesson nearly cracked the list with a ridiculous $950k, an average of just a little over $86k. Disney isn’t messing around with this one: expect strong results as well when “Lincoln” opens wide next weekend, where its only competition will be some tacky mid-budgeted vampire movie that no one really wants to see anyway.

1. Skyfall (Sony) – $88 million
2. Irresponsible Damage Ralph (Disney) – $31.5 million ($92 mil.)
3. Budweiser Presents: Flight (Paramount) – $15 million ($48 mil.)
4. Argo (Warner Bros.) – $6.7 million ($86 mil.)
5. Taken 2 Tha Streets (Fox) – $4.1 million ($131 mil.)
6. Sky Wiki (Warner Bros.) – $2.7 million ($23 mil.)
7. Here Comes The Boomstick (Sony) – $2.6 million ($39 mil.)
8. Pitch Perfect (Universal) – $2.5 million ($59 mil.)
9. The Movie With The Glass Jaw (Universal) – $2.4 million ($13 mil.)
10. Hotel Transylvania (Sony) – $2.1 million ($140 mil.)