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The audiences spoke loudly on Friday night and said, “We. Want. JLo.” At least, that’s what I’m guessing they said because Hustlers, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, won big at Friday night’s box office. The crime dramedy directed by Lorene Scafaria and based on journalist Jessica Pressler‘s 2015 New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores” reeled in $13.1 million domestically between its Thursday night previews and official opening night on Friday. It would seem the buzz for Lopez and some scamming is just getting started because not only is the mid-budget Hustlers off to a cracking start on its opening weekend, it’s very likely it could remain at the top through Sunday.
Hustlers wasn’t the only new movie to officially debut in theaters on Friday, September 13. The Goldfinch, which stars Ansel Elgort and is adapted from the Donna Tartt novel of the same name, had arguably one of the worst opening nights in recent memory. Sure, the newcomer ranked number five in the box office rankings but it made a laughably paltry $870,000 domestically. Thanks to Box Office Mojo, we know the would-be prestige drama made just $342 per screen across...
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