Disney's fourth frame of "The Lion King" should follow in third at about $19 million, just beating Paramount’s launch of family adventure “Dora and the Lost City of Gold" with $17 million at 3,735 locations.
Producer Guillermo del Toro selected "Trollhunter" director André Øvredal to direct the adaptation, and shares story credit with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, with a screenplay by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman. "Scary Stories" is opening slightly above the top end of forecasts at 3,315 locations.
Holdover "Hobbs & Shaw" will lead the North American box office this weekend at $25 million followed by “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" at $22 million, early estimates showed Friday.
“Hobbs & Shaw,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, should finish the weekend with nearly $109 million in its first 10 days. The popularity of Universal’s “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" and Disney’s “The Lion King” underlines the power of recognizable franchise fare at the nation's multiplexes.
Bleecker Street's opening of biopic "Brian Banks" is showing little traction with $1.7 million at 1,240 screens. The third weekend of Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is projected to finish fifth with about $10 million — enough to top the openings of Disney-Fox's “The Art of Racing in the Rain” with $8 million at 2,765 venues and Warner Bros.' crime drama “The Kitchen” with $5 million at 2,745 sites.
Isabela Moner stars as Dora, who's starting high school and dealing with her parents (portrayed by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) going missing — leading to Dora trying to solve the mystery of a lost Inca civilization. "Dora" is launching at 3,735 venues amid mostly positive reviews with a 78% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Dora the Explorer’s big-screen debut is launching in line with expectations.
Year-to-date box office was at $7.13 billion — down 6.5% as of Aug. 7, according to Comscore. The weekend won't reverse the trend of 2019 trailing 2018, which saw a surprise hit a year ago when "The Meg" opened with $45 million. Summer is even at $3.65 billion.” />
"Scary Stories," which was co-produced and co-financed by CBS Films and Entertainment One, has scored well with critics and carries an 82% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The PG-13 film is set in 1968 America in the small town of Mill Valley, where a book of stories written by a troubled young girl from the 1800s becomes real for a group of teens.
"The Kitchen," starring Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy, is under-performing expectations with a dismal 22% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The trio star as wives of Irish mobsters who take over operations in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood after the FBI arrests their husbands in the 1970s.
Jon Favreau's photo-realistic remake of the 1994 animated classic has already topped $1.2 billion worldwide. "The Lion King" will end its fourth frame with about $472 million domestically in its first 24 days, the 16th-highest total of all time.
The drama stars Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Costner as the voice of an elderly dog named Enzo. "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is also performing in line with expectations. The 20th Century Fox film, distributed by Disney Studios Motion Pictures, received mixed reviews from critics with a 48% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The live-action reboot of "Aladdin" should finish the weekend with approximately $262 million domestically. The sole bright spots for the weekend appear to be Universal's second weekend of "The Secret Life of Pets 2," declining about 53% to around $22 million, and Disney's fourth frame of "Aladdin" with about $17 million.
"Men in Black: International" is also launching in most international markets. Reviews were dismal with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes. All three scored North American debut weekends of more than $50 million. The previous three "Men in Black" films combined for more than $1.6 billion in worldwide box office.
The fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise is performing well under modest expectations, which had been in the $30 million range at 4,224 locations. “Men in Black: International” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the black-suited agents dealing with a baffling series of alien attacks against Earth.
And Amazon's widened release of its Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson comedy "Late Night" was also falling flat at about $4 million at 2,218 venues. New Line's launch of its "Shaft" reboot is also showing little traction at multiplexes with Friday estimates coming in around $8 million at 2,952 sites, far below forecasts in the $16 million to $24 million range for the weekend.
The film, set in the London bureau of the top-secret Men in Black organization, is directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, based on the Malibu comic by Lowell Cunningham. The budget for "Men in Black: International" is $110 million, co-financed by Hemisphere and Tencent. "Men in Black: International" takes place in the same universe as the previous trilogy, with Emma Thompson reprising her role as Agent O. Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall and twins Laurent and Larry Bourgeois also star.
"Shaft," the fifth film in the franchise, stars Jessie Usher playing John "JJ" Shaft Jr., an FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. Samuel L. Critics were unimpressed, resulting in a 35% Rotten Tomatoes score. Jackson plays his estranged father and Richard Roundtree plays his grandfather, the original Shaft, as he did in the first three "Shaft" movies in the early 1970s.
It benefits from more positive reviews, sitting at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. "Late Night" had generated forecasts in the $5 million to $9 million range. The film was acquired by Amazon following its Sundance premiere for a record $13 million and launched in four locations last weekend with a solid $246,035.
Sony's “Men in Black: International” is heading for a disappointing $24 million opening weekend in the top spot at a mild North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.
"Avengers: Endgame," which has topped $826 million in seven weeks, and "Aladdin" had helped narrow the gap — which should widen again this weekend, thanks to overall business falling short of last year's $182 million opening for "Incredibles 2." Year-to-date domestic box office as of June 12 has hit $4.93 billion, down 6% from the same point last year, according to Comscore.
Disney's "Toy Story 4" should rescue the box office next weekend. Early tracking had placed the animated comedy with a debut in the $150 million range.” />

Originally, Disney estimated a start between $40 million and $50 million which would have already ranked the film as one of the franchise’s lowest openings. According to Friday's early estimates, the 12th and final installment in the Marvel-owned franchise is heading for a disappointing $37.7 million opening weekend, after a lackluster Friday showing.
With a hefty $200 million price tag, international returns will have to be stellar to help maintain profitability. Contributing to the film's less than stellar opening are a spate of poor reviews — currently 23% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It looks like Disney's "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" won't be rising from the ashes anytime soon.
In comparison, "Dark Phoenix" will likely finish Friday with only $15 million, following a $5 million showing on Thursday night. “Dark Phoenix” is the first X-Men film to be distributed by Disney and a direct sequel to 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which bowed with $65 million and went on to earn $543 million in ticket sales worldwide.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich produced “Aladdin,” which has generated mixed reviews from critics, earning a 56% score on Rotten Tomatoes.” /> Likely to come in third this weekend is Disney's live-action film "Aladdin," which is set to finish its third weekend with a projected $24.7 million.
Chris Meledandri and longtime collaborator Janet Healy produced alongside director Chris Renaud and screenwriter Brian Lynch. after the comedian was removed from the film following allegations of sexual misconduct. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is opening with a smaller but still sizable $80 million budget alongside an all-star voice cast including Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate and Patton Oswalt, who replaced Louis C.K.
However, it will likely fall short of its predecessor, which opened to a surprise $104 million its opening weekend and holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film. Also opening this weekend is Universal-Illumination's "Secret Life of Pets 2," which should pull around $48.5 million following $17 million in Friday grosses. The numbers are close to early predictions for the film, which estimated a $50 million to $55 million opening.

Disney's fifth frame of "Avengers: Endgame" will finish third in the $20 million range, increasing its haul to about $802 million domestically by the end of Memorial Day. "Endgame" trails only "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in domestic gross, with the space saga having grossed $936 million.
"Aladdin" is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Ehrich. Variety's Peter Debruge called it a "mostly rewarding live-action remake." The film has generated mixed reviews from critics, earning a 60% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as academic prodigies who cut loose the night before their high school graduation. "Booksmart" has been a critical favorite since premiering at South by Southwest in March, with a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Annapurna and United Artists Releasing are opening coming-of-age comedy "Booksmart," which appears to be slighly below expectations, which had ranged between $10 million to $16 million from 2,505 locations over the four-day frame.
The actioner will wind up the holiday weekend with more than $100 million domestically. Lionsgate's second session of "John Wick: Chapter 3" should be runner-up with at about $27 million following its surprisingly strong opening of $56.8 million.
Disney's live-action "Aladdin" is heading for at least $100 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, early estimates showed Friday.
Warner Bros.' third weekend of "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" will likely follow in fourth with about $17 million. The family adventure will wind up the weekend at the $120 million mark in North America.
The original 1992 animated movie, with Robin Williams as the Genie, grossed a massive $502 million globally and won two Oscars. Guy Ritchie directed the reboot, starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.
Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner star in the story of a young alien who crash-lands on earth and realizes he has superpowers. Sony Pictures is launching "Brightburn," an R-rated superhero horror-thriller produced by "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn. It appears to be coming in at the low end of forecasts, which had been in the $10 million to $12 million range at 2,607 screens during its first four days in theaters. Sony/Screen Gems and the H Collective spent $6 million to produce "Brightburn." Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A.
The top total came in 2007, when "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" took in $139 million in its first four days. If forecasts hold, "Aladdin" would be the eighth movie to top the $100 million mark in North America over the Memorial Day holiday.
Prior to opening, "Aladdin" has been pegged to gross between $75 million and $85 million at about 4,400 sites over the four-day weekend. Disney's guidance as of mid-day Friday was for a more conservative estimate of an $80 million to $90 million launch while one rival pegged the opening at $105 million.
"Aladdin" will likely finish Friday with around $30 million, including $7 million in Thursday night previews. Sony's launch of horror-thriller "Brightburn" should pull in about $10 million for the holiday weekend and United Artists-Annapurna's comedy "Booksmart" will open at around $9 million.
Last year's holiday frame was led by "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which opened with $102 million with the total domestic box office hitting $228 million. The top Memorial Day weekend took place in 2013 when "Fast and Furious 6" launched and total North American moviegoing totaled $314 million for the four days.

The cast includes Ian McShane, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim. Directer by Neil Marshall, "Hellboy" is the third movie based on the Dark Horse comic about the half-demon superhero. "Hellboy," starring "Stranger Things" actor David Harbour, is coming in under expectations, which had ranged between $16 million to $20 million at 3,303 screens.
Universal's body-swap comedy "Little" is eyeing second place with about $14 million, narrowly topping another newcomer, Lionsgate's "Hellboy" remake, at around $12 million. The second weekend of "Pet Sematary" and the third frame of "Dumbo" will battle for fourth at about $8 million each. Laika's animated "Missing Link" is debuting quietly in the $6 million range.
"Hellboy" has received mostly negative reviews, with a current 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have compared the R-rated film unfavorably to the two installments directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman. "Hellboy" carries a $50 million production cost.
The DC Comics tentpole, which carries an $80 million budget, should wind up the frame with more than $90 million domestically in its first 10 days. "Shazam!," starring Zachary Levi as the boyish superhero, is declining about 61% from its opening.
"Shazam!" will likely have the year's lowest gross for a domestic box office winner since the third weekend of "Glass" topped the chart during Super Bowl weekend with $9.5 million.
"Shazam!" is still showing box office power as it heads for a repeat victory in North American, with about $21 million, early estimates showed on Friday.
Reviews have been mixed, with a 51% Rotten Tomatoes score. "Little" is performing in line with expectations, which had ranged from $14 million to $18 million at 2,667 venues. The film stars Regina Hall as a take-no-prisoners tech mogul and Marsai Martin as her 13-year-old version. "Little," also toplined by Issa Rae, cost $20 million to produce.
This weekend's final release is Aviron's romantic drama "After," which is expected to generate less than $10 million at 2,138 locations. The film stars Josephine Langford as a college student who begins a relationship with the school's resident bad boy, played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin.” />
Tina Gordon directed the PG-13 comedy, produced by Will Packer — known for his work on "Girls Trip," "Night School" and the "Ride Along" franchise. The 14-year-old Martin, who stars in "Black-ish," came up with the premise of the movie and is an executive producer.
Directed by Chris Butler, the "Missing Link" voice cast includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Emma Thompson. Laika Studios' "Missing Link" is also under-performing earlier estimates, which had pegged the pic for a finish between $8 million and $12 million from 3,413 venues. Critics have been dazzled, giving the pic an 88%. United Artists Releasing's stop-motion animated adventure follows an explorer searching in the Pacific Northwest frontier for a Bigfoot-type mythical creature.

The romantic drama received a 54% Rotten Tomatoes rating with an 83% Audience Score and A CinemaScore. "Jane the Virgin" star Justin Baldoni directed from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse star as two cystic fibrosis patients who try to have a relationship despite being forced to remain the titular five feet apart at all times. Meanwhile, "Five Feet Apart" grossed $5.37 million on Friday.
"Captain Marvel's" second weekend will mark the second-highest in March box office history with "Beauty and the Beast" having taken in $90 million in its second frame in 2017. "Captain Marvel's" weekend take will mark a 54% drop from its debut.
The superhero film already pushed past the $200 million mark domestically after taking in $19 million on Friday for a total of about $215 million. It's also generated $378 million overseas after jolting the domestic box office out of a slump that had seen it down 27% from last year.
Velilla directed from David S. Nacho G. Olivas, Claudio Herrera and Sergio Adrian Sánchez's screenplay, which is based on Bora Dagtekin's film "Fack Ju Göhte." With an estimated $4 million for the weekend, the Spanish language sequel film is likely to land at No. Also releasing this weekend is "No Manches Frida 2" from Lionsgate's Pantelion Films at 472 sites. 6 after garnering $1.3 million on Friday. The first installment in the comedy series opened to $3.6 million over Labor Day weekend in 2016.
It's earned a 53% Rotten Tomatoes score and C- CinemaScore. Focus Features is debuting "Captive State" at 2,548 locations for an estimated $3 million. Starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Machine Gun Kelly, and Vera Farmiga, the sci fi thriller follows a young man who joins a conspiracy to rebel against an alien race that has taken over Earth. Rupert Wyatt directed from a script he co-wrote with Erica Beeny.
The final "Madea" installment has so far grossed $53 million worldwide. Two holdovers should round out the remaining spots in the top five, with Universal's "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" pocketing another $9 million in its fifth weekend and Lionsgate's "A Madea Family Funeral" picking up $8 million in its third frame. "How to Train Your Dragon 3" has totaled $128 million domestically with an additional $317 million overseas.
Paramount's animated adventure film "Wonder Park" should drop into second place with about $17 million from 3,838 North American locations, while CBS Films and Lionsgate's "Five Feet Apart" is estimated to bring in about $13 million from 2,803 domestic sites for third place.
The second frame of Disney-Marvel's latest MCU installment, "Captain Marvel," is set to top the box office with an estimated $70 million.
The film is Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's directorial debut; he also co-wrote the screenplay with Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock.” /> Matthias Schoenaerts stars in the American-French-Belgian drama as a prisoner who forms a bond with a wild horse. "The Mustang," also from Focus Features, will debut at four locations this weekend.
With a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the film has a B+ CinemaScore and 29% Rotten Tomatoes rating. "Wonder Park," which earned $5.35 million on Friday, features a voice cast including Brianna Denski, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Kath Soucie, Norbert Leo Butz, and Kevin Chamberlin. It follows 10-year-old June, who discovers the Wonderland she created in her imagination has come to life after her mother falls ill.

The film was a critical darling and won the Oscar for best picture. Affleck plays a CIA agent in charge of a daring mission to rescue Americans caught up in the Iran Hostage Crisis. Paired with "The Town," "Argo" marked back-to-back directing successes for the actor-turned-helmer.
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The film failed to launch a blockbuster franchise, leaving the actor with just a taste of the superhero role he would later revisit. Affleck’s first foray into the superhero genre was with the much maligned "Daredevil," where he played the titular character.
However, his tough guy Boston persona portended to things to come. Gus Van Sant’s classic about a savant and his therapist earned Ben Affleck an Oscar for best original screenplay, which he co-wrote with Matt Damon. This was a watershed moment in Affleck’s career, but he still remained a side character to Damon’s lead.
Affleck. The film won the Golden Raspberry award for worst film. 2003 was not a good year for Mr. The romantic comedy, co-starring Jennifer Lopez, has an abysmal 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. This list has arrived at perhaps the low point in the actor’s career. Affleck took home the award for worst actor for his combined performances in “Gigli,” “Daredevil,” and “Paycheck.”
Bruce Willis, already a seasoned action star, plays the main character and saves the day. "Armageddon" yielded Affleck's first high-profile action credit, but he was not yet at the forefront. Finally, Affleck got his opportunity to save the Earth from an impending cataclysmic asteroid collision in one of Michael Bay’s many action flicks.
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Affleck emerges as a fully formed action star in Triple Frontier, due out Mar. 13 on Netflix.” />
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Superman," Affleck got his second chance to suit up and fight crime in the DC universe. Unlike with "Daredevil," the actor had the opportunity to reprise his role as the iconic superhero, returning as Batman in "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League." Affleck will be portray the Dark Knight once again in the announced Justice League sequel. With "Batman v.
“The Town” marks Affleck’s triumphant return to the action genre. It's Affleck's second directing credit after his debut “Gone Baby Gone,” but the first he both acted in and directed. The heist thriller received positive reviews with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In his newest film, Affleck, looking his most rugged yet, plays a military veteran who orchestrates a mission with four other vets (Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal) to rob a South American drug lord.
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Most remember Matthew McConaughey’s meme spawning “alright, alright, alright” performance, but lose a boyish Affleck in the mix of other future stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, and Renee Zellweger. Richard Linklater’s indie comedy features many before-they-were-famous stars in minor roles.
Two Michael Bay films in the span of three years looks pretty auspicious for Affleck’s future action hero status. Affleck soaked up lots of screen time as one of the leads in Bay's three hour-plus epic war drama.
Below are 10 movies that showcase Affleck’s metamorphosis.
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However, it took him a few films to get his bona fides, going from comedic side character to gruff hero with several stages of evolution along the way. Ben Affleck takes center stage in Netflix’s upcoming "Triple Frontier," and the pic is far from Affleck's first as an established leading man action star.
Affleck jumped from one prolific independent comedy director to another when he joined the cast of Kevin Smith’s follow up to his cult classic “Clerks.” Like in “Dazed and Confused,” he still finds himself on the periphery of this wacky '90s comedy. But, that’s all soon to change.
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James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis adapted the script from Yukito Kishiro's manga series "Gunnm," and the Fox sci-fier holds a 59% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Robert Rodriguez's cyberpunk action film starring Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar scored $7.53 million on Friday. "Alita" marks a risk for the studio, with a costly $170 million production budget.
"What Men Want" has earned $28 million in its first eight days. The second weekend of Paramount's "What Men Want," starring Taraji P. Henson, should land in fourth with about $11 million, though the debut of Universal-Blumhouse's "Happy Death Day 2U" could pick up the slot with an estimated $10.54 million. The "Happy Death Day" sequel, which hit theaters Wednesday, should have pocketed $26.25 million globally through Sunday, somewhat below earlier forecasts.
"Alita: Battle Angel" is holding a slim lead ahead of "Lego Movie 2's" second frame with an estimated four-day take of $29.1 million from 3,790 North American locations.
Warner Bros. and New Line's anti-rom-com took in $4.18 million on Friday. Rebel Wilson's "Isn't It Romantic" is opening at 3,444 theaters for a four-day estimate of $14 million.
Liam Hemsworth also stars in the send-up, with Wilson playing a woman who finds herself trapped in a romantic comedy despite believing in their inherent sexism and lack of realism. Todd Strauss-Schulson directed from a script by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, and Katie Silberman. The film has a 68% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Also premiering this weekend is MGM's "Fighting With My Family" at four locations, along with Sony Pictures Classics' "Ruben Brandt, Collector" at two sites and IFC's "Donnybrook" at 80 theaters.” />
Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Rachel Matthews, Suraj Sharma, and Ruby Modine also star. Though the horror pic is pacing well behind its predecessor, which opened to $26 million over three days on its way to a $125 million global tally, it has a quick route to profitability, with just a $9 million budget. Star Jessica Rothe reprised her role for "Happy Death Day 2U," with director Christopher Landon also returning to helm and taking over writing duties from Scott Lobdell.
Warner Bros.' "Lego Movie 2," starring Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks, has taken in $64 million worldwide since its debut last weekend.
"Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," meanwhile, is heading for about $25 million for a domestic tally of around $66 million. The two films lead the pack for a relatively sluggish President's Day weekend, with the top 12 films totaling significantly below last year's revenues, which were given a massive boost from the $242 million (four-day) premiere of "Black Panther."

Steven Knight wrote and directed the film, which has received deplorable reviews, with a D+ CinemaScore and 22% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Matthew McConaughey stars in the bizarre pic as a fisherman who is asked by his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) to kill her abusive new husband. Aviron Pictures' neo-noir thiller "Serenity" opened at 2,561 domestic sites and is estimated to earn about $4.9 million after taking in $1.615 million on Friday.
Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Patrick Stewart star in "The Kid Who Would Be King," which follows a young boy who finds King Arthur's legendary sword and must stop an ancient enchantress from annihilating the world. The British-American production has a B+ CinemaScore and 86% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
"Aquaman" has amassed a staggering $766 million internationally for Warner Bros. The sixth frame of DC's aquatic adventure "Aquaman" will vie with "The Kid Who Would Be King" for third place, with each estimated to bring in nearly $7 million for the weekend. along with $310 million Stateside for a worldwide tally of $1.076 billion.
In a weekend dominated by holdovers, M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" will likely top the box office again in its second frame with an estimated $16 million.
If forecasts are accurate, the STX Films drama's domestic cume will reach about $61.33 million through Sunday. Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart's "The Upside" should generate another $10.4 million in its third weekend to land in second place.
The fantasy film hails from "Attack the Block" director Joe Cornish, who also wrote the script. One of two wide releases for the weekend, "The Kid Who Would Be King" is opening at 3,521 North American sites and drew $1.7 million on Friday. It should take in about $6.8 million through Sunday.
The pic, which is up for best animated film at the Academy Awards, has generated $329.3 million worldwide.” /> Sony's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" should take the fifth place spot with an estimated $5.7 million in its seventh weekend.
The third part in a trilogy that includes "Unbreakable" and "Split" has earned $59 million domestically and nearly $54 million internationally since its debut despite generally unfavorable reviews. If estimates hold, its weekend two haul would mark a 60% decline from its $40 million debut.

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Clint Eastwood's crime drama "The Mule" should round out the top five with about $9 million in its second weekend. It's totaled $29.9 million in its first eight days.
The Transformers franchise's newest addition, "Bumblebee," is edging "Mary Poppins Returns" for second place with an estimated $22 million from 3,550 domestic sites, compared to "Mary Poppins'" $21 million.
Hailee Steinfeld stars in the prequel, alongside John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, and Pamela Adlon. The sixth "Transformers" pic tapped Travis Knight to direct from Christina Hodson's screenplay, rather than franchise regular Michael Bay. The sci-fi action film has a 94% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, by far the best score of any "Transformers" installment, and an A- CinemaScore.
The animated superhero film earned $6.6 million Friday in its China debut, taking first place for the day. Sony-Marvel's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is estimated to scoop up another $17.45 million in its sophomore frame to land fourth place, bringing its domestic total to $65.5 million.
At the specialty box office, awards contender and Poland's foreign language Oscar submission "Cold War" will debut at three theaters for Amazon Studios. "Ida" helmer Paweł Pawlikowski directed from his own script.
The DC universe's latest installment, "Aquaman," is headed for a splashy debut, with an estimated $70 million from 4,125 North American locations.
Jason Momoa stars as the titular hero, with Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson co-starring. The forecast sits at the higher end of most predictions for the film's pre-Christmas debut. "Aquaman" has amassed $350.7 million internationally, including $18.9 million on Friday.
"Bumblebee" earned $8.46 million on Friday with $2.15 million from Thursday previews. 4. The Paramount pic opens in China, which has proven to be the "Transformers" franchise's most successful market, on Jan.
The film has a 42% RT score and a B+ CinemaScore. 7 from 2,607 domestic sites. Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens also star. Peter Segal directed from Justin Zackham and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas's script, which follows Lopez as a low-paid employee who gets a chance to fulfill her ambitions when a firm mistakes her for a powerful consultant and hires her to negotiate an important deal. Romantic comedy "Second Act," starring Jennifer Lopez, is debuting at No. The STX Films pic should take in around $7 million from a $16 million budget, which is in line with earlier estimates.
gave the film a pricey $200 million budget, which it has already recouped overseas. Warner Bros. It's the first standalone DCU film since 2017's "Wonder Woman," which debuted with $103 million last year, eventually totaling $412 million domestically.
Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury also star. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Mary Poppins" sequel is debuting at 4,090 theaters, and coming in slightly below earlier predictions. Rob Marshall directed the Disney film, which has a 77% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and A- CinemaScore.

"The Mule," Eastwood's first acting gig since 2012's "Trouble With the Curve," brought out a much older crowd. In addition to Eastwood, “The Mule” cast includes Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, and Dianne Wiest. Another weekend release, Warner Bros.' "The Mule," snagged the No. 2 spot with $17 million. Clint Eastwood directed and stars in the R-rated crime drama about a nonagenarian who gets caught smuggling drugs for the cartel. Moviegoers over the age of 35 accounted for 78% of audiences.
Based on James Baldwin's novel, the awards hopeful has already received a number of superlatives since its Toronto debut, especially for the performances of Regina King and Brian Tyree Henry. That comes out to $54,793 per location, easily marking the best screen average of the weekend. At the specialty box office, Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk" debuted in four theaters and generated $219,173.
Illumination's "Sing" previously held that title, debuting with $35 million in 2016. That's hardly the biggest opening for an animated film this year, but it does rank as the best start for a cartoon in the month of December.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics' "Capernaum" made $27,588 from three screens, averaging $9,196 per location. It follows a young boy who sues his impoverished and indifferent parents for giving birth to him. Nadine Labaki directed the drama that won the Jury Prize at Cannes and has been selected as Lebanon's entry for foreign language film at the Oscars.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release.
The middling reviews haven't helped build momentum, and it carries a paltry 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. Universal's "Mortal Engines" launched in fifth place with a disastrous $7.5 million when it debuted in 3,103 venues. Peter Jackson produced the CGI spectacle, adapted from Philip Reeve's YA novel. It'll be an uphill battle for "Mortal Engines" to break through a crowded holiday frame and attract the kind of audience it needs to justify its expensive price tag. That could be catastrophic for the sci-fi saga that cost over $100 million to make. Not all newcomers were able to stick the landing. The post-apocalyptic steampunk adventure has fared slightly better overseas, picking up $34.8 million from 54 international territories, but "Mortal Engines" looks like it could still lose a sizable chunk of change.
Weeks before “Spider-Verse” opens in theaters, Sony announced the development of a sequel and spinoffs set in the shared multiverse. “Spider-Verse” has already racked up plaudits, including a Golden Globe nod for best animated feature, and boasts an impressive 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It doesn't seem like audiences were much more receptive to the gory psychological horror film that prompted more than 100 people to walk out of its Cannes premiere. IFC's "The House That Jack Built" faltered with $40,000 from 33 theaters, for a disappointing screen average of $1,225. Lars von Trier's latest undertaking didn't fare quite as well.
Universal's "The Grinch" continues to bring back solid returns, pocketing another $11.5 million this weekend for a domestic total of $239 million. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" earned $9.3 million in its fourth weekend of release, bringing its North American tally to $154 million. A pair of animated flicks secured third and fourth place.
That sum will get added to the initial run of Ryan Reynolds' R-rated superhero comedy, which now sits at $322 million in North America and $736 million globally. The original version wasn’t released in China, but the new clean(er) cut means the Middle Kingdom could finally give the raunchy mercenary a chance. Elsewhere, Fox's "Once Upon a Deadpool," a PG-13 re-release of "Deadpool 2" picked up $2.6 million on 1,566 screens.
This weekend's total haul came in 61% below the same frame in 2017, according to Comscore. As the busiest time for moviegoing approaches, the year-to-date box office is still a healthy 8.5% ahead. It's a tough comparison since "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" launched last year with a massive $220 million. Christmastime debuts of "Aquaman" and "Mary Poppins Returns" should keep momentum going for a record 2018.” />
Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, and John Mulaney round out the voice cast. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a Brooklynite with a Puerto Rican mom and an African American dad, puts on the Lycra-tights for this rendition. Philip Lord and Christopher Miller produced "Spider-Verse," which cost $90 million and takes place in a universe where more than one Spider-Man exists.
"It pushes the boundaries of animation," said Adrian Smith, Sony's president of domestic distribution. "It plays to all audiences, and it's really exciting because we're positioned to play into the biggest week of the year — and there are eight days until we get to Christmas."
"It was a crowded marketplace," said Jim Orr, Universal's head of domestic distribution. "We're very proud of the film, no doubt. It might take audiences a little time to find it."
It uses a mix of CGI and hand-drawn animation to bring the web-slinger to life. Despite an influx of superhero titles that hit multiplexes this year, not to mention 2016's Peter Parker feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and its sequel that bows next year, "Spider-Verse" was lauded for bringing a fresh take to the genre.
It also has plenty of time to make up ground during a holiday frame, though Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" might cannibalize a bit of the superhero crowd. "Spider-Verse," based on Sony's catalog of Marvel heroes, is resonating with a slightly older audience than most animated adventures.

"Clearly the brilliance of what [Rowling] created is something fans continue to embrace." "We're extremely pleased with the opening weekend and think it will play well over the holidays," Sander said.
Theaters were able to entice more than just witches and wizards this weekend. New offerings, along with a number of holdovers, were able to draw muggles and crack the top five as comedy "Instant Family" and heist drama "Widows" each opened relatively on par with expectations.
Warner Bros.' president of worldwide distribution Ron Sanders anticipates seeing a stronger showing from family crowds during Thanksgiving.
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million.
While that's slightly lower than the domestic start of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the first installment in Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter" spinoff series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office.
He has since apologized. Directed by Peter Farrelly and co-produced by Participant and DreamWorks, "Green Book" follows a bouncer who takes a job chauffeuring a famed black pianist in the segregation era. Mortensen has been the subject of controversy after he used the N-word during a panel discussion promoting the film (he was making a point about how far society had come in the decades since Jim Crow).
The studio is counting on global box office revenues to make up for a potentially lackluster domestic performance and carry the film, which cost $200 million to produce. Stateside, "Crimes of Grindelwald" has battled the worst reviews yet for a "Harry Potter" entry. It currently holds a bleak 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinemascore. Warner Bros., the studio behind the wizarding series, sees "Fantastic Beasts" becoming a stronger international play, where the follow-up has already earned $191 million for a global opening of $253 million.
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second entry in what Warner Bros. Rowling. However, it didn't seem to taint enthusiasm among Potterheads. Frequent "Harry Potter" collaborator David Yates returned to direct the sequel, which stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, and Zoe Kravitz. intends to be a five-film franchise and is part of the studio’s ongoing effort to wring more riches from the wizarding world popularized by author J.K. It sparked controversy when Depp was cast as the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Much like the first film in the prequel series, the audience for "Crimes of Grindelwald" skewed older with 69% of moviegoers over the age of 25.
The movie cost $40 million to make and follows a group of women who arrange a caper in order to pay back a crime boss after their criminal husbands are killed on a job gone wrong. Fox and New Regency are distributing "Widows," directed by Steve McQueen, which brought in a tepid $12.5 million from 2,805 venues. The ensemble cast includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo. Since its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, "Widows" has garnered rave reviews, especially for Davis’ performance.
CBS Films' "At Eternity's Gate" secured the best theater average of the week with $23,000 per venue for a weekend haul of $92,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Willem Dafoe has earned raves for his portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in the drama, which will continue its expansion in weeks to come.
The studio is banking on a strong Thanksgiving showing to boost momentum and justify its $48 million price tag. The feel-good film that's loosely based on a true story of a married couple who adopt three young children earned a promising A CinemaScore, as well as a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience was predominately female and over the age of 35. For Paramount, "Instant Family" starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, generated $14.7 million when it launched in 3,286 locations.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali co-star in the comedic drama, which expands nationwide on Nov. 21. In limited release, Universal got a head start on "Green Book" as the awards-bait film picked up $313,000 from 25 venues for a per-screen average of $12,520. It won the people's choice award at the Toronto Film Festival and has since generated an A+ Cinemascore and 83% Rotten Tomatoes average.
Second place went to Universal's "The Grinch," which pocketed another $38 million to bring its domestic tally to $126 million. "Bohemian Rhapsody," Fox's Freddie Mercury biopic, also saw a strong outing in its third weekend and nabbed third place with $15 million. That takes its North American total to $127 million.
"Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest moviegoing periods of any given year, and this coming week will provide a cinematic feast of holiday blockbusters and awards season contenders," said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore. "It's going to be as crowded as the chow line on Thanksgiving at the multiplex this weekend."” />
Weekend ticket sales were down 14.5% from last year, when "Justice League" lead the box office with its $93 million launch in 2017. Overall, year-to-year revenues remain up 10%, according to Comscore, positioning 2018 for a record season.

Willem Dafoe stars as the famed artist in the film, which took in $29,250 on Friday. Julian Schnabel directed from a script by Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg. Vincent van Gogh biopic "At Eternity's Gate" is in limited release at four theaters this weekend and is estimated to reel in about $92,000 for a per-screen average of $23,000. "At Eternity's Gate" premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where it was a hit, and Dafoe was presented with the Coppa Volpi for best actor. It has a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Seuss' The Grinch" should take in another $39 million in its second weekend for a roughly 42% decline. The latest Seuss adaptation from Illumination and Universal has amassed $97 million domestically and $13 million from foreign markets. Holdover "Dr.
The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel's debut would come in behind its predecessor, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which opened to $74 million domestically in 2016.
Davis, Rodriguez, Debicki and Erivo play four women who decide to pull off their late husbands' last heist in order to pay off the crime boss they owed money. The film has a 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B CinemaScore.
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Viola Davis stars alongside Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo. "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen helmed the film and co-wrote the script with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. "Widows" is debuting at 2,803 theaters and took in $4.2 million on Friday. Collin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson also star.
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.
It has an A CinemaScore and 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. Paramount is opening "Instant Family" at 3,286 locations, and the comedy earned $4.5 million Friday. Sean Anders directed from a script he co-wrote with John Morris. The film follows Wahlberg and Byrne's Pete and Ellie as they decide spur-of-the-moment to foster three children. Margo Martindale, Octavia Spencer, and Tig Notaro also star.
Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn't deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp's casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won't put off Harry Potter fans either.
Fox's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is still seeing strong returns and is likely to land in third with $15.7 million in its third frame. The blockbuster has so far earned $116 million in North America and $200 million overseas.
A pair of openers, "Instant Family," starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, and Fox's "Widows," will battle for the fourth place spot, each estimated to bring in about $12 million this weekend.
Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Rowling's script.

The year's total had reached $9.92 billion as of Nov. Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which has over-performed with $65 million in its first six days, should decline about about 47% and wind up with more than $100 million domestically by the close of the weekend. Strong performances by "The Grinch" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" should keep 2018 North American box office well ahead of last year. 7, an impressive 10.1% increase over 2017, according to comScore.” />
"The Grinch" took in $2.2 million in Thursday night previews in North America, while "Overlord" pulled in $900,000 for Paramount, and Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” took $635,000.
Holiday season has already started for “The Grinch” as it heads for a merry $61 million opening weekend at 4,140 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Universal-Illumination’s animated comedy is performing right in line with forecasts of between $55 million and $65 million this weekend. Fox's second weekend of "Bohemian Rhapsody” should lead the rest of the pack with about $28 million. Newcomers “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and World War II horror tale “Overlord” should take in about $9 million each and will probably finish behind the second weekend of Disney's "Nutcracker and the Four Realms" for third place.
Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” features Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the titular Yuletide-hating character. The voice cast also includes Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams. Frequent Illumination collaborator Yarrow Cheney took on directing duties with Scott Mosier from a script by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow, in which the Grinch attempts to ruin Christmas for Whooville. “The Grinch,” adapted from the 1957 Dr.
The film has a $38 million budget. Abrams produced the film and Julius Avery directed the supernatural story of a handful of American soldiers dropped behind enemy lines just before D-Day as they attempt to stop the Nazis from conducting nightmarish experiments. "Overlord" has been forecast for a debut between $8 million and $13 million at 2,859 venues. J.J. Critics have embraced "Overlord," which carries an 84% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Reviews have been mixed with a 51% Rotten Tomatoes score. “Spider’s Web,” directed by Fede Alvarez, carries a $43 million budget. It’s the second film in the Swedish series and comes seven years after David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” starring Rooney Mara, generated $230 million worldwide. "The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” starring Claire Foy as the vengeance-seeking Lisbeth Salander, is performing at the low end of expectations, which had come in between $10 million and $15 million from 2,929 venues.
“The Grinch,” the second Dr. Seuss story that Illumination has brought to the big screen following 2012’s “The Lorax,” carries a production budget of around $75 million. Universal is also opening "The Grinch" this weekend in 23 international markets.

"The Predator" has found its next feast: its box office competitors.
Jolie is not involved with the pic, directed by Harold Cronk from a script by Richard Friedenberg and Ken Hixon. Pure Flix is releasing "Unbroken: Path to Redemption," a faith-based "spiritual sequel" to Angelina Jolie's 2014 drama "Unbroken," with the title tracking dismally in the $2.3 million range at 1,525 locations.
"White Boy Rick" stars Richie Merritt as Richard Wershe Jr., who became a drug kingpin and FBI informant in 1980s Detroit before he was 16. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Bel Powley, Piper Laurie, and Matthew McConaughey also star. Reviews have been mostly positive for the movie, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and has racked up a 63% mark on Rotten Tomatoes.” />
"A Simple Favor" stars Anna Kendrick as a small-town blogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious best friend, played by Blake Lively. Critics have shown favor to "A Simple Favor" with an 83% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Paul Feig produced and directed the thriller from Jessica Sharzer's script, adapted from Darcey Bell's novel. "Crazy Rich Asians" star Henry Golding plays Lively's character's husband.
Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Yvonne Strahovski. Critics have been unimpressed, with a current 33% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Along with Munn, the cast also includes Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Black is directing from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker, and John Davis has returned to produce following his involvement with the three previous installments. The new "Predator" follows the titular aliens, who return to Earth, now deadlier than ever before after taking the DNA of other species.
The alien franchise film is coming in at the lower end of expectations, which had ranged from $25 million to $32 million. "The Predator" should be able to top the second weekend of Warner Bros.' supernatural horror hit "The Nun," which is projected to finish at about $20 million for a 63% decline.
"Predator 2" took in $57 million worldwide in 1990 and "Predators" earned $127 million globally in 2010. The 1987 original was directed by John McTiernan, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a Central American jungle by a fearsome extraterrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall. The original "Predator" debuted to $12 million on its way to $59 million.
The Fox release is invading North American multiplexes with an estimated $25 million opening weekend at 4,307 sites, early estimates showed Friday.
Additionally, attendance may have been blunted by "The Predator" being at the center of controversy after Fox announced it deleted a scene with Olivia Munn featuring registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel. Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina, will slow down moviegoing this weekend in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland. Fox said it was "not aware" of Striegel's background when he was hired and director Shane Black has apologized for casting his friend.
Lionsgate's opening of mystery-comedy "A Simple Favor" is heading for a sold third place with $18 million at 3,102 sites, coming in well above forecasts in the $12 million to $15 million range. Sony-Studio 8 crime drama "White Boy Rick" is also projected to top recent forecasts at about $10 million from 2,500 screens, battling for fourth place with the fifth frame of rom-com hit "Crazy Rich Asians" and the second weekend of Jennifer Garner's thriller "Peppermint."

John Cho's thriller "Searching" is projected to exceed expectations with upwards $5 million at 1,207 venues and Lionsgate's science-fiction actioner "Kin" will wind up with less than $4 million at 2,141 sites. Warner Bros.' fourth weekend of shark tale "The Meg" should lead the rest of the pack with around $12 million to push its total past $120 million. MGM's opening of "Operation Finale" and Paramount's sixth weekend will battle for third with about $8 million each for the Friday-Monday period.
Warner Bros.' romantic comedy will become the fourth title this year to three-peat as the box office winner, following "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," "Black Panther," and "Avengers: Infinity War." "Crazy Rich Asians," which has received strong critical support with a 93% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has topped $88 million in its first 16 days and will probably pass the $100 million mark by Saturday.
"Crazy Rich Asians" will easily win its third box office title during the Labor Day weekend box office with a total of around $25 million at 3,536 North American sites for the Friday-Monday period, early estimates showed.
Sony is expanding "Searching" after taking in $483,978 at nine locations in its first six days. Cho portrays a father trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter with the aid of a detective, played by Debra Messing. The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, has been embraced by critics and carries a 90% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sony is projecting a quiet $3 million take for the weekend but the film is performing above that level.
"Kin" stars Jack Reynor, Myles Truitt, Zoe Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, and James Franco. The film centers on Reynor's recently paroled ex-con and his adopted teenage brother, who are forced to go on the run when they find a strange weapon. Reviews have been largely negative, with a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Heading into the final weekend of summer, the season's box office is up 13.9% over last year's total to $4.26 billion, according to comScore. Those margins should widen by Labor Day, due to the 2017 weekend being one of the slowest ever with a $76.4 million, led by "The Hitman's Bodyguard" with $13.3 million.” /> 29, overall North American box office had gained 9.4% to $8.21 billion. As of Aug.
"Operation Finale" follows Israeli Mossad agents who captured SS officer Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), one of the chief architects of the Holocaust, in 1960 in Argentina. Oscar Isaac stars as Israeli officer Peter Malkin. "Operation Finale" opened on Wednesday with $1 million at 1,818 locations and earned another $726,000 on Thursday. Reviews have been mixed to positive with a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Paramount's "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" should add another $8 million to its tally in its fifth frame. The Tom Cruise installment has amassed $188 million in North America and $327 million internationally.
Earlier this week, Global Road’s lenders took control of the film division after the company failed to raise enough money to pay for future productions and are now seeking to sell off assets. Global Road Entertainment’s robot-dog tale “A.X.L.” is launching with a dismal projection of about $2.4 million at 1,710 locations.
Jason Statham stars as a member of a group of scientists who discover a 75-foot prehistoric Megalodon and must work to save a beach from its terror. The shark thriller has earned $95.5 million domestically since its debut and totaled $368 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' "The Meg" is swimming towards a $12 million third weekend and should land in second place if estimates hold.
"Papillon," starring Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam, also launched this weekend at 544 venues for a projected take of $1.1 million. Bleecker Street's remake of the 1973 Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman film was directed by Michael Noer and currently has a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
Warner Bros. Chu directed from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan. has already launched development of a sequel for "Crazy Rich Asians," which also stars Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong. Jon M.
Melissa McCarthy's "The Happytime Murders," on the other hand, is likely to debut at No. The STX Entertainment pic earned $3.95 million Friday. 3 with a moderate $10.1 million from 3,256 domestic sites. Should the estimate hold, "Happytime Murders" will mark the worst opening ever for a film led by McCarthy.
So far, the Constance Wu-starrer has earned $60 million worldwide, with about $1.2 million from foreign markets. The number would represent a decline of only 6% for the film, a staggering achievement for any movie, and particularly a rom-com. "Crazy Rich Asians" earned $26.5 million in its opening weekend, and estimates for its sophomore frame range from $23 million to $26 million.
Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson and chairman of the Jim Henson Company, directed the R-rated pic, which also stars Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks. The film is currently sitting at a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a C- CinemaScore. McCarthy stars as a detective who re-pairs with her old puppet partner to solve a series of brutal murders in L.A.'s seedy underbelly.
The film has a preliminary score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Debra Messing also stars in the film directed by Aneesh Chaganty. With no leads, David decides to search his daughter’s laptop for clues. Cho plays David Kim, a father whose 16-year-old daughter goes missing. John Cho's "Searching" is having its limited release this weekend at nine locations, and is headed for about $250,000 for a per-screen average of $27,778. 31. Screen Gems will expand the movie Aug.
"Crazy Rich Asians" is in for a second weekend worth bragging about, with an estimated $25 million from 3,526 North American sites.
STXfilms' action thriller follows an elite CIA task force, composed of paramilitary officers from Ground Branch of Special Activities Division, that has to escort a high-priority asset 22 miles to an extraction point while being hunted by terrorists. In its first seven days, "Mile 22" has scored $19.6 million worldwide after opening to $13.7 million. Mark Wahlberg's "Mile 22" is looking to snare about $6 million in its second weekend, roughly a 58% decline.

The Disney pic has also earned $12 million internationally. "Christopher Robin," starring Ewan McGregor, is likely to add another $9 million to its tally this weekend for a domestic total of around $69 million.
Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, and John Malkovich round out the cast of “Mile 22.” The movie carries a budget of $35 million, a relatively modest price tag for a star-driven actioner.
The fourth weekend of Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" from Paramount should bring in around $10 million to total $183 million domestically. The film has made $463 million worldwide in its first 22 days.
Wahlberg plays James “Jimmy” Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly prized and least-understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in.
The CIA film has amassed $5.26 million since opening on Friday. STXfilms' "Mile 22," starring Mark Wahlberg, should bring in an estimated $14 million in its debut from 3,520 theaters.
The Studio 8 film is projected to earn around $10 million in its debut weekend. Elsewhere, "Alpha," which currently holds an 84% Rotten Tomatoes score, took in $3.362 million on Friday at 2,719 locations.
The movie stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, and Jens Hultén, and follows a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the Ice Age. Albert Hughes helmed "Alpha," with a screenplay by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt.
Chu directed from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. "Crazy Rich Asians" currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92% certified fresh and an A CinemaScore. Jon M.
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Peter Berg directed from a script by Lea Carpenter. The film has a B- CinemaScore and a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
"The Meg's" sophomore frame should come in second place with around $19 million from 4,118 domestic sites. The Jason Statham-starrer debuted to $45 million last weekend and has reeled in an additional $23 million since.
"Crazy Rich Asians" is heading for a glamorous first weekend with an estimated $22 million from 3,384 North American locations.
The Warner Bros. Statham stars as a scientist attempting to defend a beach from a prehistoric, 75-foot Megalodon shark. flick has also earned $154 million overseas.
Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Michelle Yeoh star in the Asian-led pic, the first of its kind since 1993's "The Joy Luck Club." The Warner Bros. film debuted August 15 and has already racked up $16 million.

Summer domestic box office is up a hefty 10.4% to $3.46 billion as of Aug. With the top two films combining for about $60 million, overall domestic moviegoing should be up significantly over the same 2017 weekend, which was led by "The Dark Tower" with $19 million in its debut — marking the start of one of the slowest Augusts in more than a decade. 1, according to comScore, and year-to-date domestic box office is also leading last year by 7.6% at $7.4 billion.” />
Dinesh D’Souza’s pro-Donald Trump documentary “Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?” is performing in line with forecasts of about $3 million at 1,002 locations this weekend for Quality Flix.
Reviews have been mixed to positive with a 63% score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Christoper Robin,” based on the characters from A.A. Ewan McGregor plays a sad adult version of Winnie the Pooh’s old pal Christopher Robin, so Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore come to life to help him regain his imagination. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books, hopes to draw nostalgia lovers and their children when it opens on 3,602 screens Friday.
Lionsgate-Imagine’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me” opens at 3,111 venues and stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends pursued through Europe by assassins. "Spy" carries a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Susanna Fogel directed and co-wrote with David Iserson, while Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhaj, and Sam Heughan round out the cast.
Fox's opening of dystopian sci-fier "The Darkest Minds" is launching inauspiciously with about $7 million at 3,127 locations and will battle a trio of holdovers for fourth place — Universal's third weekend of "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," Sony's fourth weekend of "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," and Sony's third weekend of "The Equalizer 2." Lionsgate's action-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” will finish third with about $11 million. Disney’s live-action “Christopher Robin” is heading for second place with a respectable $28 million at 3,602 screens.
"Christopher Robin" took in $1.5 million in Thursday night previews, topping Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time," which opened with $1.3 million in Thursday previews and went on to a $33 million opening weekend in March.
The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie. The movie, which carries a $34 million price tag, is based on Alexandra Bracken’s novel and set in a dystopian America where a group of teenagers is on the run from the government after mysteriously obtaining superpowers. Reviewers have been underwhelmed with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 15%. Prospects are downbeat for Fox’s “The Darkest Minds,” which opens on 3,127 screens.
Tom Cruise will prevail again at North American multiplexes this weekend with "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," heading for an impressive $32 million second weekend, early estimates showed Friday.
"Mission: Impossible — Fallout," the sixth film in the Paramount franchise, is screening at 4,395 sites and declining less than 50% from its opening weekend of $61.2 million. "Fallout" should wind up the weekend with about $122 million in its first 10 days. The action-thriller is also performing better than 2015's "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," which won its second weekend over "Fantastic Four" with $28 million.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” launched with $48.5 million domestically in 2015 and wound up with $473.2 million worldwide. The first “Hotel Transylvania” debuted with $42.5 million in North America in 2012 and earned $358.4 million globally by the end of its run. "Hotel Transylvania 3" earned $16.65 million on Friday for Sony.
That leaves Universal's "Skyscraper" in third. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation's" estimate places it at the top of the box office, with Disney-Marvel's latest installment, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," looking to nab the second place spot in its sophomore weekend with an estimated $28 million from 4,206 theaters.
That film, starring Elsie Fisher as an awkward eighth grader, has an early score of 99% certified fresh on the review aggregator site.” /> "Eighth Grade," Bo Burnham's directorial debut that's also in a limited opening at four theaters, is heading for a stellar $240,000.
Gus Van Sant's critically lauded biopic about the life of cartoonist and quadriplegic John Callahan has an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Amazon's Joaquin Phoenix-starrer "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" is having its limited opening at four theaters, which should bring in around $75,000.
It's earned $792 million globally, $524 million of which comes from domestic revenues. "Incredibles 2," now in its fifth frame, has been a massive success worldwide. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," one weekend behind "Incredibles 2," has topped $1 billion worldwide, including $727 million from international markets. "Ant-Man and the Wasp," which opened to a respectable $75.8 million last weekend, will have earned around $140 million by the end of the weekend.
"Skyscraper," an action film that sees Johnson's security consultant battling to save his family at the top of the world's tallest skyscraper, is coming in far below earlier estimates in the $33 million to $40 million range. It's possible the lackluster performance is a result of Johnson fatigue, as The Rock starred in two major action films within the last 12 months, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Rampage," which made its debut only three months ago. "Jumanji" was a surprise worldwide hit for Sony, earning $961 million globally, while "Rampage" has earned $425 million worldwide.
"Incredibles 2" will again battle it out with "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" for the fourth place slot, with each likely to bring in around $15 million.
The weekend's two box office openers are coming in a far cry apart, with "Hotel Transylvania 3" soaring to an estimated $41 million from 4,267 sites while Dwayne Johnson's "Skyscraper" heads for a stale $25 million from 3,782 domestic locations.
The sci fi comedy stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, and centers around a telemarketer who's dissatisfied with his job until he starts using his "white voice" on clients. Indie hit "Sorry to Bother You," from Annapurna, added 789 theaters to its range this weekend and is hoping to reel in another $3.8 million to bring its tally to around $7 million.
The pic opens day-and-date in 56 international markets and launches in China on July 20. Johnson’s longtime collaborator, Beau Flynn, produced the pic alongside Seven Bucks partners Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod, and Eric Hedayat. It carries a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 49%. “Central Intelligence” helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber directed “Skyscraper.”
The voice cast includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, and Mel Brooks. It focuses on Dracula, Mavis, Johnny, and the rest of the family taking a vacation on the Monster Cruise Ship, where Dracula becomes attracted to the ship’s mysterious captain. The animated movie is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, and written by Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers.

Critically lauded Whitney Houston documentary "Whitney" is continuing the summer doc trend, debuting at 454 theaters to an estimated $1.2 million for Roadside Attractions.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" has an 86% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Peyton Reed, who oversaw the first film, returns to the director’s chair. The cast also includes Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, and Bobby Cannavale. The sequel, which has a reported $130 million budget, is also opening in 48% of international markets this weekend.
The sequel sees Scott Lang grappling with the struggle of being both a superhero and a father. Rudd and Lilly reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, respectively — superheroes able to shrink themselves into the quantum realm.
The 20th Marvel film, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, totaled an estimated $33.8 million Friday, including $11.5 million in Thursday previews. It's tracking in line with Disney's earlier projections in the $70 million to $85 million range.
"The Purge: Election Year" is the highest-grossing film of the franchise, reeling in $79.2 million over its run. The fourth film in the "Purge" franchise opened on July 4 and earned $14 million from Wednesday and Thursday. "The Purge: Election Year" opened to $31.5 million in 2016, topped by the original "Purge" with $34 million in 2013. Universal's "The First Purge" is looking to earn about $18 million from 3,031 domestic theaters in its debut for Universal.
Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles as a former undercover operative and CIA agent, respectively. "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" should bring in another $7.3 million in its second weekend to land fifth place and bring the Sony film's domestic total to $35.3 million. The original "Sicario" earned $46.8 million over its entire run.
If estimates hold, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" will be the seventh-highest domestic debut of the year, behind "Solo: A Star Wars Story's" $84.4 million. The original "Ant-Man" opened to $57 million two years ago, and went on to earn $519 million worldwide.
The fourth weekend of Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" will battle it out for the second place slot with the sophomore frame of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," which are each pegged for around $30 million.
With this weekend's take, it will outpace 2016's "Finding Dory" as the highest-grossing animated film of all time with $486 million. "Fallen Kingdom" on Friday passed the $1 billion mark globally, with $699 million from international markets. "Incredibles 2" has so far earned a massive $683 million worldwide, including $475 million domestically.
"The First Purge" explains the origins of the 12-hour titular purge, which began as a sociological experiment on Staten Island designed to push the crime rate below 1% during the remainder of the year, but spreads across the nation. James DeMonaco wrote the script and handed directing duties to Gerard McMurray. The Blumhouse film is currently sitting at a 52% Rotten Tomatoes score and earned a B- CinemaScore.
Disney-Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is on its way to an estimated $83.7 million opening weekend from 4,206 North American locations.
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Boots Riley wrote and directed the film in his directorial debut. Annapurna's dystopian sci-fi comedy "Sorry to Bother You," starring Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield, is opening in a limited 16 theaters to an estimated $695,000 for a per-screen average of about $43,000. The film follows a young African-American telemarketer (Stanfield) who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his job.

On the specialty front, Focus Features' "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is estimated to make $510,000 at 29 locations.
"Ocean's 8" is dominating domestic moviegoing as the heist comedy heads for a solid opening weekend of about $44 million at 4,145 sites, early estimates showed on Friday.
"Ocean's 8" is opening on the same weekend as Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" did a year ago, when the reboot finished in second with $31.7 million — far behind the sophomore frame of Warner's blockbuster "Wonder Woman," which took in $58 million.
The noirish title stars Jodie Foster and Sterling K. "Hotel Artemis" had been forecast to debut with at least $5 million, but is unlikely to do so. Reviews have been mixed. Drew Pearce, who wrote "Iron Man 3" and "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," is making his directorial debut. Brown in a near-future action-thriller set at a secret hospital for criminals in Los Angeles.
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Each bowed between $36 million and $39 million in their domestic openings. Should estimates hold, "Ocean's 8" will finish with the best opening among the five films in the franchise, starting with the original "Ocean's 11" in 1960, followed by the remake "Ocean's Eleven" in 2001, "Ocean's Twelve" in 2004, and "Ocean's Thirteen" in 2007 — all with Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Don Cheadle. In total, the trilogy collected over $1.2 billion worldwide.
Global Road's dystopian crime-thriller "Hotel Artemis" was showing little traction with a debut in the $3 million range at 2,047 venues.
A24's horror movie "Hereditary" also came in above predictions with a $14 million launch — leaving it in a battle for second with the third weekend of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and the fourth frame of "Deadpool 2."
The third weekend of Disney's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and the fourth frame of Fox's "Deadpool" are set to battle for second with "Hereditary," with "Solo" pegged for about $13.5 million and "Deadpool" at around $13 million. "Solo" has taken in $158 million in its first 13 days domestically and "Deadpool 2" has totaled $262.8 million in 20 days.
Recent predictions had placed "Ocean's 8" between $33 million and $40 million. Warner Bros.' gender-swapped reboot of the "Ocean's" franchise was performing above forecasts as it grabbed an impressive $4 million from Thursday night previews, part of a Friday total of about $17 million.
The film, which carries a $70 million price tag, have earned mostly positive reviews, racking up a 68% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Steven Soderbergh, who helmed the three previous "Ocean's" movies, produces with Susan Elkins. Gary Ross directs from a script he wrote with Olivia Milch.
"Hereditary" has a $10 million budget and is arriving with significant buzz, noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. "Hereditary" had been pegged to open in the $5 million to $9 million range, but its $1.4 million preview total showed more traction for the Toni Collette vehicle. Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne also star in the story of a family that begins to unveil secrets about their ancestry following the death of their grandmother. Reviews have been stellar, giving the film a 94% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.
"A24's much-talked about and much-feared horror film 'Hereditary' had a trailer that's already inspired nightmares — and also talk of the film becoming an instant classic for the scariest (and often most profitable) movie genre," he said.
After getting released from jail, she recruits a crew of seven to pull off a diamond heist at New York City's annual Met Gala. The spinoff stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina. Bullock plays the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney's character in the remakes).
The gains are due in significant part to Disney's "Avengers: Infinity War," which will take in about $7 million this weekend to bring its 45-day domestic total to $654 million. The 2018 summer is 3.7% ahead of last year, with $1.12 billion as of June 6, and the year-to-date leads by 4.7% with $5.06 billion, according to comScore.

The first film launched with $6 million. The stoner comedy has a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the same score as the first film. Another newcomer, Fox Searchlight's "Super Troopers 2," opened in fourth, burning by projections to make $14.7 million from 2,038 locations. The audience score of the sequel, however, is down significantly from the original's, at 68% compared to the first movie's 90%. The sequel reunites the 2002 cult classic's leads — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske — collectively known as Broken Lizards.
The final weekend opener is Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films' "Traffik," which took in $3.9 million in 1,024 theaters.
That could change next weekend as "Avengers: Infinity War" eyes a monstrous opening weekend. The domestic box office is up 12.6% compared to the same weekend last year, though the year to date box office is down 2.4%.
"People just want to find something they can have a good time with," he said. "This audience knew they'd laugh and have a communal experience that makes them feel good.
"Truth or Dare" has pulled in $7.9 million internationally, combining for a global tally of $38.3 million. Rounding out the top five is Universal and Blumhouse's "Truth or Dare." Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey lead the thriller, which scored $7.9 million in 3,068 locations. In total, the horror film has made $30.4 million in two weeks.
"A Quiet Place" had another noisy weekend at the domestic box office, reclaiming the No. 1 slot in its third frame.
"A Quiet Place" had another impressive holdover, declining only 34% to bring its domestic tally to $132 million. John Krasinski's thriller co-starring Emily Blunt continued on its stellar run, earning $22 million from 3,808 locations. That was enough to top Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage" and Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty."
The Schumer-led comedy also features Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Phillips and Aidy Bryant. STX's "I Feel Pretty" bowed in third with $16.2 million from 3,440 theaters. "I Feel Pretty" is currently averaging a tepid 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a B+ CinemaScore.
"The industry is bracing for the record-setting debut of the highly anticipated 'Avengers: Infinity War' that is expected to break through the $200 million opening weekend sound barrier as the summer movie season of 2018 gets off to an early and auspicious start," said comScore box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
Aside from action hero movies, Rodriguez says it's a generally underserved group. Frank Rodriguez, head of distribution at Fox Searchlight, says the movie's key demographic of males between the ages of 25 and 49 is to thank. "Super Troopers 2" did more than double the numbers that estimates suggested.
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2, Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage" collected $21 million in 4,115 theaters in its second weekend. Bumped down to No. That brings its global tally to $283 million. It has crossed the $200 million mark overseas, claiming $57 million this weekend. Luckily, "Rampage" has been able to justify its expensive price tag with a strong international showing. So far, the film has made $66.6 million at the North American box office.

Stubby: An American Hero" also debuted this weekend at 1,633 theaters and around $970,000. The Fun Academy film utilizes the voice talents of Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Gérard Depardieu, and follows the true story of the most decorated canine in American history, a stray dog who became a hero during WWI.” /> Indie animated film "Sgt.
The Paramount film earned $10.5 million on its second Friday, which puts it on its way to a more than $100 million domestic total in its first 10 days. "A Quiet Place's" take marks a strong hold after debuting to $50 million last weekend, with only a 32% drop. Emily Blunt also stars in the thriller, which follows a family trying to stay safe from monsters that can only find you if they can hear you.
In the third place spot is another horror title, "Blumhouse's Truth or Dare," with $19 million from 3,029 locations. This weekend's take nonetheless marks a strong debut for the film, which was produced on a reported $3.5 million budget. The Universal-distributed film stars Lucy Hale as a teenager who begins a game of truth or dare, but must struggle to survive along with her friends when someone starts picking off those who lie or refuse a dare. Critics have not loved the film, and it currently sits at a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes with a B- CinemaScore.
Even with the international numbers, the film has a ways to go to recoup its $120 million production budget. "Rampage" garnered $27.1 million on Friday from 61 markets and 38,100 screens. With that, the film has earned a cumulative $36.7 million overseas, opening at No. Word of mouth could give it a push in the coming weeks, however; despite a lukewarm 50% Rotten Tomatoes score, audiences gave the film an A- CinemaScore. 1 in China as Warner Bros.' third-highest debut in the country.
The film is enjoying a 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has so far generated just a bit less than Anderson's last outing, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which had earned around $18 million in its first 22 days to "Isle of Dogs'" $15 million. Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" expanded to 1,939 locations and is headed for around $4 million this weekend.
Jon Hamm's "Beirut" debuted Thursday at 755 sites and should bring in around $1 million. Directed by Brad Anderson, "Beirut" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham, and Mark Pellegrino also star. The film, whose trailer received some criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of Arabs, is sitting at a 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. diplomat who returns to service to help save a colleague from the group that killed his family. Set in 1982 during the Lebanese Civil War, the Bleecker Street film stars Hamm as a former U.S.
Thanks to strong word of mouth, John Krasinski's horror film "A Quiet Place" is looking to top the box office for the second weekend in a row with $34 million from 3,589 domestic locations.
Friday's estimates had adjusted the Dwayne Johnson-starrer's debut to the $27-$32 million range, with earlier tracking forecasting an opening between $35 and $40 million. "Rampage" earned $11.5 million its opening Friday, including $2.4 million from Thursday previews. Just behind the SXSW success story is Warner Bros.-New Line's "Rampage" with $32 million from 4,101 sites.
Kay Cannon's directorial debut has earned critical and audience praise for its depiction of female sexuality, and has been likened to a women-led version of "American Pie." "Blockers," which stars John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz, has earned $40 million in its first eight days, with $10 million from international markets. Fifth place goes to the second weekend of Universal's "Blockers," which will earn $10 million from 3,418 locations.
The third frame of Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" nabbed the fourth place spot with $11 million from 3,661 locations, down 573 theaters from last weekend. The Warner Bros. film has earned $403 million globally in its first 16 days, thanks in large part to a strong international showing, particularly in China, where the film became Warner Bros.' strongest-ever opening.
The internationally co-produced tennis film, distributed domestically by Neon, stars LaBeouf as legendary tennis player John McEnroe and Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg. The film has received stellar reviews, with LaBeouf's performance and Janus Metz Pedersen's direction earning particular praise. Shia LaBeouf-starrer "Borg vs. "Borg vs. McEnroe" saw a limited release this weekend at 51 theaters and brought in about $45,000. McEnroe" is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 82% rating.

"Rampage" had originally been scheduled to open on April 20 but was moved forward a week in the wake of Disney-Marvel moving "Avengers: Infinity War" forward a week to April 27. The superhero mashup is on pace to open to a massive $175 million to $200 million in its debut weekend, according to early tracking.
"A Quiet Place" opened with the second-best domestic debut of 2018 last weekend with $50.2 million. The thriller, starring Krasinski and Emily Blunt, should reach the $100 million mark by the end of the weekend. It carries a 96% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dwayne Johnson's action-fantasy "Rampage" is heading for downbeat North American opening weekend of about $27 million to $32 million at 3,950 locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Overall domestic box office is down 2.6% this year to $3.16 billion as of April 11, according to comSeore. It will decline further this weekend since the year-ago frame was a robust $170.3 million when "The Fate of the Furious" — which included Johnson in its cast — opened impressively with $98.8 million.
Another canine-themed animated movie — "Sgt. The film centers on the real-life Sergeant Stubby, a stray Boston Terrier who became a hero during World War I. Stubby: An American Hero" — is also opening at 1,685 sites amid expectations of less than $5 million for Entertainment Studios.
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The stop-motion film, which has earned $13.1 million at the domestic box office in three weeks, is pegged to wind up the weekend with another $6 million. Fox Searchlight is expanding Wes Anderson’s animated "Isle of Dogs" from 554 to 1,939 locations.
First-day grosses in China were impressive with $15.7 million, the third-largest opening day in Warner Bros. history. Johnson portrays a primatologist who shares a bond with a silverback gorilla who becomes a giant beast after a rogue genetic experiment goes wrong and creates an array of rampaging creatures.
"Rampage" has mixed reviews, with a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Thursday night previews generated $2.4 million for "Rampage" in North America — well below the $3.1 million in Thursday night previews in June, 2015, for Johnson's "San Andreas" on its way to a $54.5 million opening weekend. Hopes had been high for "Rampage," given the recent worldwide success of "Jumanji," Johnson's action-comedy teamup with Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan.
"Strong ongoing social media buzz, great reviews, a killer original concept and a great release date have all conspired to make 'A Quiet Place' an unexpectedly strong performer that is poised to make a lot of noise in its sophomore session, and thus present a boisterous box office challenge to the wide release newcomers in what is expected to be another great weekend for the horror hit," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.
Blumhouse’s low-cost "Truth or Dare," which Universal is debuting fittingly on Friday the 13th, had been tracking to open in third place with around $16 million from 3,029 locations. Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, and Landon Liboiron are college kids on spring break in Mexico who indulge in a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare that turns deadly when someone begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse a dare.
Universal-Blumhouse's debut of "Truth or Dare" will come in above expectations in third with about $18 million at 3,029 venues. That's well below forecasts and signals that Paramount's second weekend of John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" should repeat as the box office winner with about $34 million at 3,508 sites.
The New Line-Warner Bros. With a price tag in the $120 million range, "Rampage" needs to deliver strong box office around the world to become profitable. release had been forecasted to debut between $37 million and $40 million from 3,950 theaters this weekend.
 
Universal’s raunchy R-rated comedy "Blockers," starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz, has totaled $26 million in its first six days. The third frame of "Ready Player One" and the sophomore outing of "Blockers" are likely to battle for fourth place in the $10 million to $11 million range. Steven Spielberg’s "Ready Player One" has grossed $102 million in its first two weeks for Warner Bros.

It also crossed $300 million internationally with $12 million on its first day in China. 20 launch with $254 million domestically in 22 days. "Jumanji," starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has been a pleasant surprise for Sony since its Dec.
Sony is opening "Proud Mary" at about 2,200 locations on Friday without previews through its Screen Gems label amid forecasts in the $13 million to $16 million range. Henson plays a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is turned around when she meets a young boy when a professional hit goes wrong. "Proud Mary" also stars Billy Brown, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, and Danny Glover. The film was also not screened for critics.
10, down 2.4% from 2017 when "Hidden Figures" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" were leading the box office.” /> Overall year-to-date domestic grosses reached $350.6 million on Jan.
Should "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" make it to $30 million this weekend, it would be only the 11th title to exceed that mark during the MLK weekend, according to comScore. Warner Bros.' "American Sniper" set the record in 2015 with $107 million, followed by "Avatar" with $54 million in 2010 and Universal's "Ride Along" with a $48.6 million launch in 2014.
Steven Spielberg's "The Post" appears to be leading the rest of the pack with around $21 million for the four days, according to Friday's first forecasts, followed by the openings of "Paddington 2" with $18 million and Taraji P. Henson's "Proud Mary" battling "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for fourth place with about $16 million each. Liam Neeson's "The Commuter" was arriving with about $12 million, projected to finish in seventh place behind the fourth weekend of Hugh Jackman's "The Greatest Showman."
The studio is holding sing-along shows with the soundtrack lyrics on the screen at 300 locations starting Friday. Fox's "The Greatest Showman" has taken in nearly $83 million domestically in its first 23 days.
"The Post" has an 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The National Board of Review named it the best film of 2017, but it was spurned this week for awards nominations by members of the Directors Guild and Writers Guild.
"The Last Jedi" is also surpassing "The Fate of the Furious" at $1.236 billion for the 11th spot on the worldwide grosses list. It could pass 2012's "The Avengers" for fifth at $623 million by the end of its run. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has grossed $580 million domestically in its first four weeks and currently ranks as the sixth-highest domestic grosser of all time.
weekend with about $28 million at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday. Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is outdistancing a quartet of challengers and should win the Martin Luther King Jr.
Family comedy "Paddington 2" launched with $325,000 in previews. "The Post" took in $775,000 at 2,375 North American venues on Thursday night, edging "The Commuter," which grossed $700,000 at 2,000 sites.
Neeson portrays a train passenger who becomes entwined in a murder conspiracy after meeting a mysterious woman. "The Commuter" has a 53% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Lionsgate is expanding the action-thriller "The Commuter" to 2,892 North American theaters on Friday. Forecasts place "The Commuter" in the $13 million range for the four days.
Tom Hanks stars as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee with Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham. Fox is expanding "The Post" to 2,819 sites on Friday after the awards contender brought in $4.3 million from 36 locations in two weeks. Forecasts have been in the $18 million to $20 million range for the four days.
"The Commuter" also kicks off a long-term partnership between Lionsgate and StudioCanal that will continue with "Early Man" and "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2."
"Paddington 2" is getting the widest release among the newcomers, with Warner Bros. booking 3,702 venues with forecasts in the $15 million to $18 million range. "Paddington 2," in which Ben Whishaw voices the accident-prone bear, has already earned $125 million internationally and has received plenty of plaudits with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The studio acquired North American rights in November from the Weinstein Company in the wake of the sexual abuse allegations against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.