After Years Of Being Box Office Poison, Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Hustlers’ Projected For $25M Opening And Oscar-Buzz

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If prerelease predictions are any indication, Jennifer Lopez is poised to make a notable box office comeback this weekend with the debut of Hustlers, a female-ensemble film also starring Constance Wu. hustlers_still_jennifer_lopez_0The movie is tipped to gross $25 million in its domestic debut — a career best for Lopez in terms of a live-action pic, not adjusted for inflation. 

The critically acclaimed Hustlers is based on a 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who team up to con male patrons in order to survive the Great Recession. Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B also star in the fall festival darling, which drew particular praise for Lopez’s performance when making its world premiere at Toronto earlier this month.

 

Hustlers, which currently has a score of 95 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered Lopez early Oscar-buzz opens everywhere Friday and appears destined to be a much-needed win for studio STX Entertainment, which has suffered a string of misses at the box office.

 

In 2018, STX’s Second Act — Lopez’s last live-action film — debuted to a relatively soft $6.5 million on its way to topping out at less than $40 million domestically.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Alison Cohen Rosa/STXfilms
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