After several weeks with little change in the box office top 5, we have a run of fresh blood with only one movie in release for more than its second week.
Leading these new films is the blood hunter himself The Predator. It did take first by a hefty margin. The problem is it only made $24 million while playing on over 4000 screens. This is the lowest +4000 screen opening ever. The previous big screen bomb leader was The Mummy. The Predator only managed a C+ Cinemascore with fans saying it wasn’t great, but it was fun.
In second place is last week’s champion, The Nun. After a record franchise opening last week, it now sets a franchise record for largest decline form week 1 to week 2. It only managed $18.2 million which is a massive 66% drop.
In third place with $16 million is A Simple Favor. Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick seemed to excel in their rolls as the movie received a very solid B+ from Cinemascore.
The drug movie White Boy Rick took fourth with $8.8 million. It hit estimates as it only played on 2500 screens. Fans gave it a middle of the road B from Cinemascore.
Finally, we have the War horse of the group. Crazy Rich Asians brought in another $8.7 million in its fifth week. Its new domestic total sits just short of $150 million. On a $30 million budget that is one hell of a cash cow. The WB is having a very good year but remains almost x3 less than the Disney franchises. It has taken WB 28 films to hit its% market share. Buena Vista, however has a 32% market share on just 10 movies.
Next week look for a bigger box office from a family movie. A House With a Clock In Its Walls is a family fantasy/scary/comedy starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. It looks like Harry Potter crossed with the latest Jumanji movie. Life Itself stars Oscar Isaacs and Olivia Wilde. Not sure I fully understand the description, but the acting looks great. Finally, Fahrenheit 11/9 is Michael Moore’s latest. That should say it all.