On the heels of The Nun's strong start to the fall season, this weekend sees the release of Fox's The Predator, which should top the weekend box office, though a cloud of controversy may stall what might have been a larger performance. Also releasing this weekend is the Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick thriller A Simple Favor, Studio 8's White Boy Rick and Pure Flix's Unbroken: Path to Redemption, all poised for a spot in the top ten.
Debuting in over 4,000 locations, Fox's The Predator isn't having the best of time leading up to release. The controversy swirling around the film has been all anyone is talking about and reviews are, at best, lackluster. The film is currently looking as if it will fall short of Alien: Covenant's disappointing $36.1 million opening last May with studio expectations for the $88 million production in the high 20s, perhaps reaching $30 million for the weekend.
Beyond - Alien - Covenant - Comp - Terminator
Beyond Alien: Covenant, another comp we've been looking at is Terminator Genisys, which brought in $42.4 million over its first five days in release, $27 million of that over the three-day weekend from 3,783 theaters. There is something to be said for the film opening in 4,037 locations, which you would expect to help bolster the film's overall weekend performance, but don't forget Tom Cruise's The Mummy opened in 4,035 theaters and could only muster a $31.6 million debut in the middle of the summer. As a result, The Mummy's opening is the fourth worst opening ever for a live-action film debuting in 4,000+ locations. With expectations as low as they are, we could be looking at a record-breaking opening, though not the kind of record any film is looking for.
In second we have Warner Bros. and New Line's The Nun, which delivered a franchise record opening last...
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