Shane Black’s The Predator, preyed on the competition Thursday night with $2.5 million in previews, besting the day’s earnings for The Nun ($2.2 million).
For the weekend, The Predator has a shot at grossing $30 million or more from 4,037 theaters, the fifth-widest release ever for an R-rated pic.
It’s not clear how badly Hurricane Florence will dent this weekend’s box office.
From Fox, The Predator reboot opens more than 30 years after the first Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite military team fighting off menacing extra-terrestrials, hit the big screen. This time out, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen and Sterling K. Brown star as the Predator-battling gang.
New Line’s The Nun, which debuted to a heavenly $53.8 million last weekend, could earn as much as $25 million in its second outing to place No. 2.
Paul Feig’s new neo-noir-comedy, A Simple Favor, has a strong shot at third place with a debut in the $12 million to $15 million range after earning $900,000 in previews. Starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians fame, the Lionsgate release is a marked departure for Feig, the filmmaker behind such comedic romps as Bridesmaids.