Box Office: ‘The Predator’ #1 with Soft $24-M Opening

Box Office: ‘The Predator’ #1 with Soft $24-M Opening

Box Office: ‘The Predator’ #1 with Soft $24-M Opening

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‘White Boy Rick’ debuts to lite numbers, while Paul Feig’s black comedy ‘A Simple Favor’ .

Shane Black’s reboot The Predator led the weekend at the domestic box office with $24-M, Top the chart but behind estimates from Fox marketing.

Overseas the movie opened to a disappointing $30.7-M from 72 markets for a ho-hum global tally of $54.7-M, it was hammered by bad reviews and a C+ CinemaScore.

The Predator was also the subject of controversy in the final days before its launch when star Olivia Munn revealed Fox had cut a scene after she 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. Fox executives do not believe the controversy had any impact.

New Line’s The Nun came in # 2 after falling 66% to $18.2-M from 3,876 locations in its second outing. That’s the biggest drop of any title in the Conjuring universe of films.

The Nun is a big win for New Line and parent studio Warner Bros., considering its modest budget of $22-M. Overseas it took $33.1-M from 62 markets in its sophomore weekend for a foreign total of $143.6-M and $228.7-M globally, its domestic box office through Sunday is $85.1-M.

Coming 3rd in North America was Paul Feig’s new neo-noir comedy A Simple Favor, a bright spot on the weekend in beating expectations with $16.1 million from 3,201 locations, the Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) release is a marked departure for Paul Feig, the filmmaker behind such comedic romps as Bridesmaids.

Overseas, Simple Favor opened in its first 28 markets, earning $3.5-M for a global box office start of $19.6-M. Critics like the black comedy, audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore.

Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros.’ groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians found itself in a close battle for 4th place with Yann Demange’s new crime drama, White Boy Rick. The exact order will not be determined until Monday when final weekend numbers are tallied.

Sony (NYSE:SNE) is estimating $8.8-M for White Boy Rick from 2,504 locations, while Crazy Rich Asians took in an estimated $8.7-M from 3,385 cinemas.

Crazy Rich Asians finished the frame with a domestic take of $149.5-M the best showing for a Hollywood studio romantic comedy in 9 years, and $187.4-M at the box office globally.

Unbroken: A Path to Redemption marked a 9th-place finish with $2.4-M from 1,602 theaters. The movie is a “spiritual” successor to Angelina Jolie and Universal’s Unbroken. Faith-based distributor Pure Flix is in charge of the film’s release.

Elsewhere

Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) Mission: impossible — Fallout became the Top-grossing title in the franchise domestically after finishing up Sunday with $216.1-M domestically, and globally it has now earned $760.9-M.

At the US specialty box office

Lizzie, starring Chloe Sevigny as the infamous Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart as Borden’s maid, posted a location average of $12,474 upon opening in 4 cinemas, while the horror pic Mandy grossed roughly $250,000 from 92 locations. Both films debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

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