Weekend Box Office: ‘The Predator’ Preying on ‘The Nun’ With $25M Debut

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Shane Black’s The Predator preyed on the competition at the Friday box office, earning $10.5 million from 4,037 theaters for a projected $25 million weekend debut.THE PREDATOR

The reboot, from Fox, may be coming in behind expectations, but it won’t have any trouble dethroning holdover The Nun, which is tumbling more than 65 percent in its second weekend to a projected $18.5 million. (The Nun is still a win for New Line and Warner Bros., considering its modest $22 million budget, and will finish Sunday with a domestic total of roughly $85 million.)

 

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 a menacing extra-terrestrial, 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.

 

 

Elsewhere, Paul Feig’s new neo-noir-comedy A Simple Favor is doing better business than expected, grossing an estimated $6 million on Friday from 3,102 theaters for a projected $16 million-plus debut. 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.

 

 

Matthew McConaughey is also gracing the big screen this weekend in filmmaker Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick.  From Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, the crime drama earned $3.5 million on Friday for a projected debut of $9.2 million. The awards hopeful received a mediocre B CinemaScore.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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