With a 3-day decline of -47%, that’s not too far from the first installment’s sophomore hold. Ride Along 2 opened to $41M over FSSM, making it the fourth-highest opener over the 4-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend (it will be awhile before anything ever topples American Sniper‘s FSSM of $107.2M). Through yesterday, the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy counts $43.3M.
Friday’s three wide entries — Lionsgate/Bill Block Media’s Dirty Grandpa, Sony/LStar Capital’s The 5th Wave and STX Entertainment/Lakeshore’s The Boy also won’t have the individual strength to knock over 20th Century Fox/New Regency’s multi-Oscar nominated The Revenant out of second place as it eyes $15M-$16M this coming weekend after pulling in $37.5M over FSSM. Today, the film will become Alejandro Inarritu’s first title to cross $100M as well as Leonardo DiCaprio’s 10th title to pass that point, and Tom Hardy’s fourth. Yesterday, Revenant was the No. 1 title collecting an estimated $3.1M, beating out Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in second ($2.37M) and Ride Along 2 in third ($2.3M).
Industry forecasts have Star Wars in its sixth weekend churning out between $12M-$13M. By Sunday, the highest grossing domestic film of all-time should see $878M.
Out of this weekend’s fresh crop, if there’s one title that has the potential to pop, we’re told it’s the Robert DeNiro-Zac Efron road comedy Dirty Grandpa which could go as high as $14M for third place at 2,900 venues. However, it’s likely to be clustered with The Boy and The 5th Wave which are each expected to bring in $9M-$11M. Bill Block Media financed Dirty Grandpa with Lionsgate taking on the P&A. Showtimes starts Thursday at 7 PM. The film was at the heart of a legal battle between QED and its former CEO Bill Block, however, both sides settled. Dirty Grandpa started as a spec script at Universal in 2011, but was put into turnaround. Lionsgate snapped up the title at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Efron could use a bright spot at the B.O. after his drama We Are Your Friends fell through the trapdoor at the summer B.O. with $3.5M.
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The 5th Wave stars Chloe Grace Moretz and is based on the first YA novel in author Rick Yancey’s 2013 trilogy. Moretz plays Cassie Sullivan who is squaring off with aliens as they knock planet Earth back to the stone age. Teen girls are the sweet spot for this movie, but it’s also registering with teen boys as well. Sony picked this date for this sci-fi disaster film, which apparently has an estimated cost of $38M, to stay far and clear of the holiday onslaught. Already, The 5th Wave has opened in Australia and Southeast Asia grossing $8.2M. This weekend, the Moretz movie invades the UK, Russia, and Spain. Moretz has segued between supporting roles in films such as The Equalizer and Dark Shadows and her own vehicles. The 5th Wave is being sold on her image (as well as the property). In regards to the openings for those projects where she’s been a key star, Kick-Ass opened to $19.8M, Carrie debuted to $16.1M and romantic drama If I Stay took in $15.7M during its first FSS.
STX Lakeshore’s The Boy won’t hold any Thursday previews, rather open in 2,600 theaters on Friday. The horror title is directed by William Brent Bell whose 2012 The Devil Inside holds a distinguishing characteristic: The film earned an F CinemaScore (which doesn’t happen often) and a whopping $33.7M in its opening weekend before ending its domestic run with $53.3M off a $1M production cost. The Boy is a tad more expensive, but still cheap with a reported cost before P&A of $10M split between Lakeshore and STX. Lakeshore is covering P&A and has foreign.
Paramount’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi is projected to hold at -55% in its second weekend for $7.3M. Pic’s cume through last night stands at $21M. Lionsgate/Splash’s Norm Of The North is also eyeing a similar decline for a second weekend of $3.1M. Norm‘s cume through five days sits at $9.76M.
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