Weekend BO Report: ‘The Nun’ Delivers A Heavenly Franchise-Best $54m Opening

Written by Dapo Olowu

This weekend saw ‘The Nun’s holy ascent up to first place in the Box Office charts, with Corin Hardy’s supernatural prequel earning a scary $53.8m in its 3-day debut, smashing ‘The Conjuring’ franchise’s (better known as the CCU) opening record. All praise be to ‘The Nun’, it seems, as its now the biggest horror opening of the year, and the 4th biggest of all time in the States.

Not bad for a film with just 27% on the Tomatometer.

It’s especially remarkable once you realise that the CCU wasn’t initially planned as a franchise, but only came to existence due to the popularity of ‘The Conjuring’. The first spinoff, 2014s ‘Annabelle’, was helmed by ‘The Conjuring’ cinematographer John R. Leonetti, and grossed $257m worldwide. Fast-forward 4 years and newest edition ‘The Nun’, should easily topple that gross by the end of its BO run.

Its overseas earnings are just as impressive. Opening in around 60 countries, the horror, starring Taissa Farmiga (sister to ‘The Conjuring’ actress Vera Farmiga) and Demián Bichir, reached number one in 54 of them, including the U.K. with $5.3m. A near-$80m international start gives the film $133.1m after just 3 days, leaving it a highly profitable investment – off of a $22m budget – for Warner Bros.

The studio hoped to be the first in over 25 years to hold the top 2 places on the BO charts for four consecutive weeks, but fell short at the final hurdle, as ‘Crazy Rich Asians$13.1m wasn’t enough to stay ahead of new release ‘Peppermint’s $13.4m, but still saw more than double that of fellow WB-er ‘The Meg’ ($6.1m).

It was a familiar story for the vigilante-action flick ‘Peppermint’, opening on-par to genre-matching ‘Death Wish’ ($13m), and ‘The Foreigner’ ($13.1m). Its B+ on Cinemascore was furthered its similarities with the pair, and now Pierre Morel’s latest offering will likely finish in the $35m region domestically (again, like the two films). Its R rating predictably drew in the older crowd, with 78% of the opening weekend audience above 25 years old – providing perfect counter-viewing for ‘The Nun’, which saw just 44% of its watchers over 25.

This marks a solid year for Jennifer Garner, whose last film ‘Love Simon’ legged out from a $11.8m start to finish on $40.8m domestically and $66.3m worldwide. John Cho-fronted ‘Searching’ hopes for similar luck, and is currently on track for a domestic finish close to $30m, with its $4.6m weekend. The thriller, now at $32.5m worldwide, beat out ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ as predicted ($3.9m), but the latter now stands at a whopping $726.7m globally, now officially Tom Cruise’s biggest film in his career thus far.

New release ‘God Bless the Broken Road’ flattered to deceive, pulling in a wretched $1.4m from 1,300 theatres, for a per-cinema average of just $1.1k. Although many forecasted an opening closer to ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s weekend ($3.4m) or even ‘Operation Finale’ ($2.9m), it ended up grossing nearly half of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ($2.6m) and ‘Alpha’ ($2.5m), for an 11th place finish.

With ‘The Nun’ breaking records just as Andy Muschietti’s ‘It’ did exactly a year ago, just how far can this film go in the Box Office? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘The Nun’ Looks To Conjure Up A $40m+ Opening

Written by Dapo Olowu

The summer may be over, but the big Box Office hitters keep stepping up to the plate as Warner Bros’ ‘The Nun’ looks to keep the high-grossing momentum going. 2018s summer, which culminated in a threepeat win for rom-com ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, marked a 14% rise from a year ago and shows no signs of slowing down, with Corin Hardy’s horror expecting to gross over $40m from 3,876 cinemas in its first 3 days – a potential franchise record.

It’s the latest in the highly successful ‘Conjuring Cinematic Universe’, or the CCU (coined by yours truly). The franchise currently houses the 7th, 8th, and 9th biggest horror movies of all time globally in ‘The Conjuring 2’ ($320.4m), ‘The Conjuring’ ($319.5m), and 2017s ‘Annabelle: Creation’ ($306.5m). It’s openings continuously straddle the $40m boundary, with the biggest being ‘The Conjuring’s $41.9m in 2013, and does this regardless of critical reception, meaning that ‘The Nun’s 32% on the Tomatometer (which isn’t the worst in the franchise) remains largely irrelevant.

With American ticket-seller Fandango reporting pre-sales to not only be over that of ‘A Quiet Place’ (that saw a $50m opening in April) but to be greater than the combined sales of the entire CCU, we could even be tempted to push our forecasts closer to $60m, by far a franchise-best. The film stars Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir as Sister Irene and Father Burke, who, in 50s Romania, are sent to investigate supernatural happenings in a Monastery.

Although it won’t reach the standards set by horror counter-part ‘It’ exactly 12 months ago, ‘The Nun’ will continue a successful period for Warner Bros after recent hits ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Meg’. It’ll mark the 5th weekend in a row where WB have topped the charts, and last weekend’s winner ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ aims to double the studio’s delight by earning $17m for second place. Nearly a month into its release, it now has a strong chance of equaling ‘Black Panther’s superb feat of remaining in the top 10 for 13 consecutive weekends.

This weekend also sees the release of STXEntertainment’s newest flick ‘Peppermint’, starring Jennifer Garner. Unlike ‘The Nun’, this vigilante-action film isn’t critic-proof, and its less-than-fresh 10% on Rotten Tomatoes will surely hinder any chances of a Box Office breakout. Director Pierre Morel, of ‘Taken’ fame, will hope it performs much like the Liam Neeson blockbuster, but will probably open closer to his next effort, ‘From Paris With Love’ ($8.2m), and likely match the similarly-themed ‘Proud Mary’s $10m.

Thriller ‘Searching’ expands into over 2,000 cinemas this weekend, which will see it leapfrog ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ with a gross around $5.5m, compared to ‘Fallout’s $5m. This won’t be enough to challenge ‘The Meg’ ($6.6m) for fourth place however, but will add some breathing room between it and last week’s newbie ‘Operation Finale’ ($3.6m).

The final new release of the week comes in the form of ‘not-quite-a-Christian-drama’ ‘God Bless The Broken Road’, directed by ‘God’s Not Dead’ helmer Harold Cronk. Based off a song (like March’s $83.5m breakout ‘I Can Only Imagine’) and starring Jordin Sparks, its 1,235 cinema count and 17% Rotten Tomatoes score won’t bless its Box Office numbers this weekend. An opening close to $2m won’t be enough to make the top ten, as it falls behind ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ ($3.5m), ‘Alpha’, and ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (both $2.7m).

All good things come to an end, as ‘The Nun’ seems likely to break ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ stay at the top. Could it really open to over $50m though, or will it fall short like its franchise predecessors? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Results: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is The Biggest Comedy Of The Year – After Just 20 Days!

Written by Dapo Olowu

After just three weekends in U.S. release, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ once again topped the charts to become the biggest grossing comedy of the year – ‘Deadpool 2’ not included. A $22m gross over the 3-day weekend marks an 11% fall from 7 days ago, allowing Jon Chu’s adaptation of the bestselling 2013 novel of the same name to hit a hattrick of consecutive number ones.

It left both shark-thriller ‘The Meg’, and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ (which is just $50m away from breaking $700m worldwide) trailing its wake, with $10.5m and $7m respectively. Its Labor Day total brought in $28.6m, just below the 4-day record set by 2007s Halloween ($30.6m).

By Sunday night, the film had made $110.7m domestically, and currently sits at $117.3m – bigger than the global gross of the previous highest-earning comedy of the year ‘Game Night’, and even above 2017s sensation ‘Girls Trip’. It’s record-breaking $5.3m Australian opening (their biggest for a rom-com) gives the film a $20m overseas cushion, and by the time this sentence is over, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ will be sitting on $140m worldwide.

The biggest new release this weekend was MGM’s ‘Operation Finale’, the historical nazi-drama fronted by Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley. Opening on Wednesday, it earned $7.9m by the end of Monday night, including a $6m Friday to Sunday to put it just behind ‘Searching’s $6.1m. Not the best start for Chris Weitz’s $24m-budgeted flick, which hopes to leg it out post-summer.

The aforementioned ‘Searching’ brought in the weekend’s second best per-cinema average of $5k (after ‘Crazy Rich Asians’), as it played in only 1,200 cinemas but still finished fifth in the rankings. The thriller stars John Cho as David Kim, whose on the hunt for his missing daughter Margot (played by Michelle La). Its $8.1m domestic gross and $15.2m global take makes for a solid start after just 1 weekend in wide release.

In what was a true disappointment this weekend, comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’ capitulated by earning a lowly $4.4m. The gross fell below ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s $5.3m and ‘Alpha’s $4.5m, and will likely become Melissa McCarthy’s lowest grossing film as a lead. The only solace lies in the fact that it at least outgrossed ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Mile 22’, whose $4.2m and $3.8m earnings placed them 9th and 10th.

Finally, sci-fi action film ‘Kin’ is a certified flop, after earning just $3m from Friday to Sunday. This gross put it below a Disney expansion for ‘Incredibles 2’, which became the first animated film to ever make $600m domestically, by grossing $3.4m from 2,890 cinemas.

With the end of summer officially upon us, which film has surprised you the most? Can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ continue its impressive Box Office run? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.  

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Weekend BO Predictions: It’s a Hattrick For ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ On Labor Day

Written by Dapo Olowu

It’s holiday-time in the United States, with the 4-day Labor Day weekend promising terrifying lows, dizzying highs, and creamy middles. ‘The Simpsons’ references aside, the next few days will be particularly special for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, which aims to end the summer by becoming the first film since ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in May to top the Box Office charts for three weekends straight by earning around $24m. That’s just a 3% fall from last weekend and means that not even the three new wide releases – historical drama ‘Operation Finale’, John Cho’s ‘Searching’, and sci-fi ‘Kin’ – can realistically compete with.

By Saturday, Jon Chu’s romantic comedy would’ve passed $100m domestically, and by the end of Monday night, could land itself in the top 20 romantic comedies of all time in the U.S. With a 4-day weekend expected to be around the $29m mark (the extra day usually provides a 20% boost), it’s miles ahead of its nearest competitor ‘The Meg’, which will pull in a brilliant $11.5m from Friday to Sunday in its continued hunt for the $500m global total.

Next is new thriller ‘Searching’, the directorial debut of Aneesh Chaganty, which boasts an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Drawing similarities with Blumhouse’s 2014 hit ‘Unfriended’ for its ‘POV-of-computer screens’ style, it boasts the far superior critical reception, but its commercial success will be harmed by the underwhelming 1,200 cinema count.

Released last week in just 9 theatres, it earned a surprising $43k per-cinema average and an A on Cinemascore. Can the film, starring John Cho (‘Star Trek’, ‘Harold and Kumar’), Michelle La, and Debra Messing, defy the odds? Possibly. A 3-day gross around $7m is our optimistic view, and should be in amongst ‘The Happytime Murders’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ for a 3rd place finish.

Looking to open close to ‘Searching’ is ‘Operation Finale’, with $5m. The historical drama, directed by Chris Weitz (‘Twilight: New Moon’, ‘About a Boy) and starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, and Melanie Laurent, opened on Wednesday to $1m, and tells the true story of the attempts to capture Nazi Adolf Eichmann in the early 60s. A recent Oscar Isaac period piece ‘The Promise’, bombed in the face of controversy with $12.4m worldwide off of a $90m budget, with its 49% on the Tomatometer only slightly worse than ‘Operation Finale’s 61%.

Its $5m gross will marginally improve upon ‘The Promise’s $4.1m, and its budget (around $20m) gives a little bit more breathing space. Still, this will struggle to make an impact against ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ ($6m) and ‘Alpha’ ($5.3m), but should have enough to see off ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ($4.7m) and ‘Kin’.

Kin’s the widest release of the newbies this weekend with over 2,000 cinemas, but will struggle the most to secure a top 10 finish. Not even James Franco and Zoe Kravitz can save this sci-fi action flick, with its 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, from being a flop. We’re seeing similarities between this and ‘The Darkest Minds’, which opened to $5.8m a month ago. The fact that ‘Kin’ doesn’t have the luxury of being based on a popular book, however, brings its estimated opening right down to about $4.6m.

With ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Meg’ proving to be runaway successes, this marks a fruitful period for book adaptations, which raises the question: did you see this coming? Let us know if you did or not on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Report: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Mirrors Opening In Historic Weekend

Written by Dapo Olowu

Hands up – who said ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ would gross a sub-$20m second weekend? Well, they (we) were dead wrong, because the romantic-comedy, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Awkwafina, dropped just 6% to earn $24.8m from Friday to Saturday, after it’s opening last weekend of $26.5m.

It’s a weekend fall that marks the 3rd smallest ever for a wide release (in over 3,000 cinemas, not in December, and not during an American holiday weekend, mind you) behind 2011s ‘Puss in Boots’ and 2003s ‘Brother Bear’, and leaves the film on a domestic gross after 2 weekends of $76.6m. The opening weekend multiplier already stands at 2.90x, and will only grow as the film continues to benefit from good reviews, a stellar cast, and strong word of mouth.

The question on the industry’s lips now is: just how far can this thing go? With the U.S. celebrating Labor Day next Monday, the first September weekend itself is notorious for low drops, giving ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ more room to grow. Gone are the comparisons with ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ and in come the estimates alongside award-winning drama ‘The Help’, which finished on a remarkable $169.7m. It takes a brave somebody to bet against ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ beating that target.

Warner Bros. will be equally happy with the performance of ‘The Meg’, which earned $12.8m to breach the $100m domestic total. Its $411.6m global total so far is just $15m away from another WB monster-flick ‘Rampage’, and a $500m total looks nailed on as weeks go by.

Not all studios can say they’re having such a good year however, as both STX and Global Road faltered this weekend with their releases. While Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Happytime Murders’ saw a career-low opening for her as lead with just $9.5m, Global Road’s ‘A.X.L.’ brought in just $2.8m off a $10m budget.

The former continues the downward-trend in the openings of R-rated comedies this year, after ‘Blockers’ ($20.6m), ‘Super Troopers 2’ ($15.2m), ‘Tag’ ($14.9m), and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ ($12.1m) in recent months. Its $40m budget draws similarities to 2017s ‘The House’, starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell, which opened to $8.7m and finished on $26.5m in the U.S. Although ‘The Happytime Murders’ looks to slightly improve on this, its C- on Cinemascore practically ensures it’ll flop, meaning another poor financial showing for STX. It’s last release, ‘Mile 22’, only just reached $25m domestically after a $6.4m weekend.

Meanwhile, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is just $6m away from $200m in the U.S. after its $8.1m weekend. Its current worldwide total of $538.8m puts it just behind ‘M:I2’ as the 4th biggest in the franchise so far. ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s $6.3m gross put it just ahead of ‘Alpha’ ($6m), ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ($5.1m), and ‘Slender Man’ ($2.8m).

How far can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ go? Could it hit a $200m domestic total? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Strike Gold Again As ‘The Happytime Murders’ Can’t Muster A Smile

Written by Dapo Olowu

It won’t be a joyous affair for ‘The Happytime Murders’ this weekend, as Jon Chu’s rom-com ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, based on the bestselling 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, looks to kill any chance of being overthrown. A sub-$20m gross will take pole position for the first time since February, when ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s $10.9m was enough to hold off competition from ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ and ‘Winchester’.

It draws similarities to last year’s drab August finish; just 12 months ago, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ needed just $10.3m to top the worst Box Office weekend in 15 years – this time around, we’re a little luckier, as ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ aims to flash the cash with a total close to $17m, a few days after Warner Bros. announced a sequel is in works.

Melissa McCarthy’s second comedy of the year in ‘The Happytime Murders’ on the other hand, is a sad sight. The R-rated Sesame Street ‘adaptation’ pales in critical comparison to similar movies, as its 29% on the Tomatometer can’t hold a candle to ‘Team America: World Police’s 77%, or ‘Sausage Party’s 82%, let alone ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s 97% (or even ‘Space Jam’s 38%).

It doesn’t help that its lead is unpredictable when opening at the Box Office: for every ‘The Heat’ ($39.1m off $43m), Melissa McCarthy’s had a ‘Life of the Party’ ($17.9m off $30m) meaning this $40m comedy is anything but a guaranteed success.

It’s directed by ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ director Brian Henson (son of Muppets creators Jim & Jane Henson), and stars McCarthy alongside Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, and Joel McHale. Set in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, Detective Connie Edwards (McCarthy) aims to find a serial killer murdering cast members of the 1980s show ‘The Happytime Gang’.

Recent R-rated comedies (from ‘Game Night’ to ‘The Spy Who Dumped Mecomes to mind) have all opened in the low-to-mid-teens region, and it’s likely that ‘The Happytime Murders’ uniqueness in its puppetry won’t give it a helping hand (nor will its 3,224 cinema count), with a $14.5m gross on the cards. This will be followed by Jason Statham-led ‘The Meg’, which should (barring a freak collapse) make it over the $100m domestic mark this weekend by earning $10.8m.

One film that won’t even get close to that number is ‘Mile 22’, looking to muster some dignity in its second weekend after its poor $13.7m showing 7 days ago. A $6.9m gross will be enough to put it ahead of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ ($6.5m), ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ ($5.8m), and fellow second-weekender ‘Alpha’ ($5.3m). ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is already Focus Features’ biggest film of the year both domestically and worldwide, and looks to build on its $30m global gross with a weekend earning of around $5m, beating ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’s $2.4m.

Finally, this weekend is rounded off by the second new wide release of the weekend, ‘A.X.L’ In a market inundated with franchises and remakes, it’s lovely to see an original family-adventure film about a dog made from top-grade military tech. The film stars Thomas Jane and Alex Neustaedter, and will only open in approximately 1,600 cinemas. Global Road, whose torrid time this year in the Box Office (think Show Dogs’, ‘Midnight Sun’, andHotel Artemis’) has culminated in being partly taken over by its creditors, are looking to complete its flop-quadrant with an opening around $2m.

It’s looking like being a close weekend between the top 2, so can ‘The Happytime Murders’ spring an upset, or will ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hold onto first place? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Report: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Beat The Rest To Top The Box Office

Written by Dapo Olowu

It was always going to be a close fight, but this weekend saw Jon M. Chu’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ outgross shark-thriller ‘The Meg’ for first place. The U.S. Box Office saw Warner Bros take the top two spots for the first time in just over a year, when ‘Annabelle: Creation’ and ‘Dunkirk’ brought in $35m and $10.9m alike last August. This time around, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Meg’ brought in $26.5m and $21.2m, with the latter having a total gross of $35.3m after its early Wednesday release.

The opening marks the second biggest start for a romantic comedy in 2018, just behind ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s $35m in July, with the big difference being that ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ wasn’t coming off the back of a $614m global phenomenon, but a well-renowned novel from 2013. Regardless of the origins, this is a clear win for the film that was heavily-skewed towards women (68% of the opening weekend audience) and over-25s (66%). The aim now is to push on with this solid opening, and its A on Cinemascore should help the film leg out to a domestic total over $100m.

Abroad, however, it was ‘The Meg’ that continued to dominate, bringing in around $67m from international screenings to take its global total to $316m, compared to the $730k brought in by ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ from just 6 countries. It was a similar story for the Mark Wahlberg release ‘Mile 22’, which saw just $538k from 6 overseas countries, and a disappointing $13.7m in the U.S. Audiences (60% male and 73% over-25) were seemingly put off by the ‘thrill-deficient’ action flick from Wahl-Berg (ha), which opened in-line with another middling STX-thriller ‘Den of Thieves’ ($15.2m) from January. A similar opening weekend multiplier would leave ‘Mile 22’ with a domestic total in the region of $40m – a poor return off of a $35m budget.

The biggest surprise of the weekend goes to Sony’s ‘Alpha’ ($10.4m), which squared up to Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ ($10.8m) in a close encounter. Although ‘Alpha’s $51m budget puts more emphasis on its international gross for any chance of it breaking-even (especially with its B- on Cinemascore harming chances of a potential leggy run), the opening marks a semi-respectable start compared to forecasts that saw the film making around half as much.

Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ earned $8.9m for 6th place, narrowly beating out Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’, which brought in $7.4m to take its domestic total up to $23.4m. Horror ‘Slender Man’ performed better than expected, with $4.8m in its second weekend, while ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ and ‘Mamma Mia 2’ earned $3.8m and $3.4m respectively to round off the top ten.

So, with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ topping the charts this weekend, what’s next for the film? How will it do next week against ‘The Happytime Murders’, and ‘A.X.L.’? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ To Splash The Cash With An Opening Above $20m

Written by Dapo Olowu

As the summer comes to an end and the blockbusters become few and far between, herein lies the opportunity for a breakout film to end the season strongly, compared to this time year, when ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ spent the last 3 weekends of August atop the charts with a combined gross of just $42.3m.

This year feels different, however, as ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Mile 22’, and ‘Alpha’ all aim to land big in the U.S. this weekend. It’ll be a 3 days to remember for Warner Bros especially, as their surprise hit ‘The Meg’ looks to bring in around $22m this weekend, just ahead of the $30m-budgeted ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, to give the studio a 1-2 finish.

The latter film, based on a novel and directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) looked to cash in early, opening on Wednesday to a solid $5m. It marks a great first day for the romantic-comedy that becomes the first Hollywood film since 1993 (Disney’s ‘The Joy Luck Club’) to star an almost-entirely Asian cast, a feat that will (hopefully) continue a trend of greater diversity on our screens.

The film stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, who discovers on a trip to Singapore that her boyfriend, Nick Young, is part of a one of the country’s richest families. We also see Ken Jeong, Gemma Chan, and ‘Ocean’s 8’ star Awkwafina. The ‘fish out of water’ story is one that’s well-known in the comedy circles, but it hasn’t stopped the film from a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on Cinemascore.

Ticketing site Fandango have apparently reported the film’s pre-sales to be above that of ‘Girls Trip’ at the same time of release, although the early release may throw a spanner in the works. The aforementioned film opened to a magnificent $31.2m last summer, on its way to earning $115.2m domestically. Although such an opening is likely for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ first five days, we’re predicting a modest $21.6m for its Friday-Monday.

Trailing in its wake is the fourth Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg collab, ‘Mile 22’. Coming after biopics such as ‘Lone Survivor’, Deepwater Horizon’, and ‘Patriots Day’ (which opened to an ever-decreasing $37.8m, $20.2m, and $11.6m alike), ‘Mile 22’ marks the first time the duo have made a film not made a film based on real life, with Wahlberg reportedly saying that they ‘wanted to do something less intense’. With each previous film being positively rated on the Tomatometer, all carry some goodwill into this latest action-thriller, that cost around $35m to produce.

The goodwill can only carry them so far, however, as ‘Mile 22’ carries a rotten 21% on the Tomatometer. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and John Malkovich as CIA operatives, and are joined by Ronda Roussey, Lauren Cohan, and ‘The Raid’s Iko Uwais. Although ‘Mile 22’s audience will differ massively from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, its opening will still be on the lower side of the Wahl-Berg (ha) group, with around $14m. This’ll be enough to become STX Entertainment’s third biggest opening of the year, below ‘I Feel Pretty’s $16m and ‘Den of Thieves$15.2m, so at least there’s decent news for some.

Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ should earn just under $12m to close in on the $200m domestic total, a mark only 2 ‘M:I’ films (‘M:I2’ and ‘Ghost Protocol’) have ever reached. Following this is ‘Christopher Robin’ which, like Disney’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ 2 years ago, should see a drop in the mid-30s to gross $8.4m. The final new release of the week is Albert Hughes’ ‘Alpha’, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee. The pre-historic adventure film has a good 80% on the Tomatometer, and looks to make an (albeit small) impression from around 2,700 cinemas. The film shares similarities with 2008s ’10,000 B.C.’, but its $35m+ opening offers no help, so we’re looking at this year’s ‘Early Man’ as comparison. A $7m-ish gross looks likely for the Sony Pictures film, which has suffered from animal abuse investigations, and multiple release delays.

Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ looks to continue its solid start with a $6.7m gross, while ‘Slender Man’ is expected to fall by the wayside, with just over $4m to be made. ‘Mamma Mia 2’ and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ round off the weekend’s top ten, with close to $4m from both.

In a tight weekend, who will prevail as the victor? Will ‘The Meg’ hold out, or will ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ take first place? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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