Bryan Ray of @DRMovieNews
FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE:
Shane Black’s $88 Million budgeted The Predator is playing just like 2010’s Predators ($24.7 Million) – which only cost $38 Million to produce – toward an underwhelming $25 Million 3-Day total. The action-packed sci-fi sequel is looking at $10 Million today, including the less than spectacular $2.5 Million from last night’s preview screenings. We have yet to receive overseas numbers, but 20th Century Fox is expecting a solid foreign return. The $88 Million R-Rated film has received a terrible C+ Cinemascore from opening day audiences.
The Nun is dropping like a rock, with a second weekend take in between $18.5 and $20 Million (-65% from last weekend). While this is to be expected for a normal horror film, it is the worst second weekend drop for The Conjuring Franchise. The highest drop previously belonged to The Conjuring 2 (-63.2%) back in Summer 2016. The New Line horror spin-off will end the weekend with a domestic cume in the mid-to-high $80Ms.
Surprisingly, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor is shattering pre-release expectations with a possible $7 Million today, toward a fantastic $16 to $18 Million for the 3-Day Weekend. Lead actresses Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick have been expertly marketing the $20 Million Budgeted Paul Feig film to their fans through social media and talk show appearances. Very impressive.
White Boy Rick is set to open at a reasonable $10 Million for the weekend, the norm for smaller McConaughey projects. The film has received very sub-par reviews from critics as well as a sour response from audiences. Maybe it will find an audience over the course of its run.
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