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2nd Update, Friday: Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation as expected will lead the box office this weekend with an opening now estimated between $40M-$42M off a $14M-$16M Friday. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson vehicle Skyscraper might be a movie that’s about a high rise that’s up in flames, but its opening weekend is looking pretty chilly right now with a $7.5M Friday and a 3-day between $19M-$21M in third. These are industry estimates and do not come from Sony or Universal.
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Critics have slammed the Die Hard-like vehicle at 55% Rotten while HT3 is also suffering 56% Rotten reviews. The difference is that family films can withstand bad RT scores where as live-action pics can’t, read The Emoji Movie was panned at 8% but cranked out a 3.5 multiple off its $24.5M opening for a final domestic of $86M.
One reason we hear why Skyscraper‘s construction is being slowed is because it’s one of the rare original IPs in a sea of franchise films which is partially plausible: Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is looking at a second place win between $30M-$32M right now. Like Johnson’s Rampage which earned over 76% of its $425.6M global ticket sales overseas, Skyscraper will also need to lean on overseas. Fifty percent of the $125M production cost for Skyscraper is being covered by Legendary Entertainment, and the other half by Universal.
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Friday 7:36AM: Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation grossed $2.6 million in previews that began at 5 PM last night, towering over Universal/Legendary Entertainment’s Skyscraper which minted $1.95M at 2,950 theaters from showtimes that kicked off at 7 PM.
Industry estimates expect Skyscraper to arrive between $33M-$40M behind HT3, which is eyeing between $38M to the low $40Ms for a No. 1...
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