Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekend Box-Office: THE PREDATOR Disappoints Despite #1 Debut


"The Predator" claimed the top spot in its opening weekend, but 20th Century Fox has little to celebrate as the film delivered a pretty weak debut. Meanwhile Lionsgate's "A Simple Favor" performed very well. Pure Flix's "Unbroken: Path to Redemption", however, underperformed. 

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"The Predator", the fourth film in the Predator series, topped the charts with $24 million against an $88 million production budget, the worst opening for a movie debuting in over 4,000 theaters. The infamous record was previously held by "The Mummy" with $31.6 million. The previous installment in the sci-fi horror franchise, 2010's "Predators" opened with $24.76 million from just 2,669 theaters. Marred by controversy and poor reviews (34% on Rotten Tomatoes and 49 on Metacritic), the film will probably fall short of $50 million domestically  It also doesn't help that moviegoers seemed to agree with the critics, as CinemaScore reports a "C+" grade from their opening night polls. Overseas, the film brought in $30.7 million from 72 markets.

Warner Bros' "The Nun" dropped 66% from last weekend's spectacular debut and finished in second place with $18.2 million this weekend. This is the Conjuring franchise's worst second weekend drop. The spinoff has grossed a total of $85 million domestically and another $143.6 million overseas.

In third place we have another new release, Paul Feig's stylish thriller "A Simple Favor" starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, which opened with a solid $16 million from 3,102 theaters, a decent start for the R-rated movie, which only cost a reported $20 million to produce.  The film was well-liked by both critics (82% on Rotten Tomatoes and 68 on Metacritic) and audiences ("B+" from CinemaScore).

The fact-based crime drama "White Boy Rick" opened in fourth place with $8.8 million from 2,504 theaters, which is good, but not great. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics (63% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic), and CinemaScore reported an okay "B" grade from its polls.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" which continues to perform well. The film dropped just 33.8% in its fourth weekend and brought in 8.7 million, bringing its domestic total to $149.5 million. Overseas the film has raked in $37.9 million.

Pure Flix's biopic "Unbroken: Path to Redemption" fell short of expectations and opened in ninth place with $2.3 million from 1,620 theaters. The film was expected to gross around $5 million in its opening weekend. On the plus side, it only cost $6 million to produce.

In other news, "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" just became the highest grossing film in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. The film rounded out the Top 10  this weekend with $2.3 million, bringing its domestic tally to $216.1 million. "Mission: Impossible II" previously dominated the franchise with $215.4 million in 2000.

New Wide Releases: "The Predator", "A Simple Favor", "White Boy Rick", "Unbroken: Path to Redemption".

Biggest Drop : "The Nun" (-66.2%)

Smallest Drop : "Searching" (-30%)

RankTitleWeekend GrossDomestic TotalForeign TotalBudget
1The Predator$24M$24M$30.7M$88M
2The Nun$18.2M$85M$143.6M$22M
3A Simple Favor$16M$16M$3.5M$20M
4White Boy Rick$8.8M$8.8MN/A$29M
5Crazy Rich Asians$8.7M$149.5M$37.9M$30M
7The Meg$3.8M$137M$368.2M$130M
9Unbroken: Path to Redemption$2.3M$2.3MN/A$6M
10Mission: Impossible - Fallout$2.3M$216.1M$544.8M$178M


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