Weekend Box Office: ‘Sicario 2,’ ‘Uncle Drew’ Both Doing Better Than Expected


A couple of smaller films — the intense U.S.-Mexico border drama Sicario: Day of the Soldado and basketball comedy Uncle Drew — are scoring more points than expected at the North American box office, even though they don’t stand a chance of stealing the crown from holdovers Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2, according to Friday returns.


Sicario 2, from Sony and Black Label Media, is on course to earn around $7.5 million on Friday from 3,055 theaters for a debut in the $17 million-$20 million range. Friday’s gross will include $2 million in Thursday previews.’


Lionsgate and Summit’s Uncle Drew looks to score $7 million on Friday from 2,742 locations for a $16 million-$20 million weekend, including $1.1 million in previews.


Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested the two films would open in the $10 million-$13 million range.


Uncle Drew,  from Lionsgate/Summit, stars Lil Rel Howery as a thirtysomething man who, with the help of the titular character (Kyrie Irving), assembles a team of older basketball players in hopes of winning a street ball tournament in Brooklyn. The movie boasts an impressive roster of real-life basketball greats, including Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Lisa Leslie and Reggie Miller. Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll also star.

Comedies are under siege at the box office, and it remains to be seen whether Uncle Drew can score a win over the course of time. Directed by Charles Stone III, the pic was adapted from a digital series created by Pepsi.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP/Lions
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