Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Kills ‘Blade Runner’ With $26-M Open
$SNE, $CMCSA, $FOX
Jackie Chan’s ‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall,’ and ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ opened the Friday the 13th weekend alongside the horror film.
In another win for the horror genre, the film is killin off the competition at the domestic box office for a $26-M+ debut after earning $11.6-M Friday from 3,149 theaters.
The Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Blumhouse pic stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon, the pre-Halloween title is rated PG-13.
Happy Death Day will beat holdover Blade Runner 2049, which is projected to fall 56% in its 2nd frame to $14-M after debuting to a disappointing $32.8-M Vs a net budget of $150-M.
STXfilms’ action-thriller The Foreigner looks to place #3 after Happy Death Day and Blade Runnerwith a weekend gross of $12-M from 2,515 theaters. That a solid start for a film that cost a reported $35-M to make and has already earned more than $88-M internationally.
The Martin Campbell-directed movie, nabbing an A- CinemaScore. I saw it, it is terrific.
Marshall and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women are also launching nationwide this weekend, but are opting for a far smaller roll-out.
From Open Road, Marshall is headed for an opening in the $3-M range from 821 theaters.
Produced by Studio 6 and distributed by Annapurna, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is coming in behind expectations, and is tipped to open in the $800,000 range from 1,229 theaters. Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the real-life drama recounts how an American psychologist created the fictional character Wonder Woman.
Fox Searchlight debuts its A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, and Bleecker Street releases Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.
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