News // 'THE PREDATOR' OPENS IN FIRST PLACE WITH SOFT NUMBERS

The newest entry to the Predator franchise is the lowest ever for a live-action film debuting in over 4,000 theaters.



Warner Bros. is finally out of the top spot as 20th Century Fox's The Predator (#1) takes the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend. Steeped in controversy due to director Shane Black casting his friend, a registered sex offender, in a scene (that was later removed from the film by the studio), the film opened to just $24 million. It was enough for a first place finish, but not enough to keep the film from breaking a record. It now sits as the lowest opening of all-time for a film debuting in over 4,000 theaters.


The Predator's first place finish pushed The Nun (#2) into second place.


A Simple Favor (#3) was the next best new film, opening with $16 million. Starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, the film earned positive reviews.


Matthew McConaughey's White Boy Rick (#4) debuted in fourth place with $8.8 million. Studio 8 produced the film, hoping its grittiness and star power would take it into awards season. Lackluster reviews stalled those plans.


Pure Flix's Unbroken: Path to Redemption (#9) was the last wide release, opening in over 1,600 locations. It earned $2.35 million.


As for standouts, Crazy Rich Asians (#5) has now almost topped $150 million, after bringing in another $8.7 million this weekend. The Meg (#7) has now toped $130 million. Internationally, the summer blockbuster has passed the $500 million mark.


In limited release, Where Hands Touch (#31) opened to $70,000 in 103 theaters. Lizzie (#33) opened to $49,000 in four theaters. And, Bel Canto (#44), starring Julianne Moore, opened to $14,000 in two theaters.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend: Disney's Christopher Robin (#11), Holocaust drama Operation Finale (#14), sci-fi flick Alpha (#15), and awards contender BlacKkKlansman (#12).


Next weekend, Universal releases The House with a Clock in its Walls, Amazon Studios opens Life Itself, and Briarcliff will distribute Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9.


TOP TEN:

(bold signifies a new release)


1. THE PREDATOR - $24 million

2. THE NUN - $18.2 million

3. A SIMPLE FAVOR - $16.05 million

4. WHITE BOY RICK - $8.8 million

5. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $8.7 million

6. PEPPERMINT - $6 million

7. THE MEG - $3.8 million

8. SEARCHING - $3.2 million

9. UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION - $2.35 million

10 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - $2.31 million



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