‘The Predator’ Wins the Box Office Despite Low Reviews

1. “The Predator” Fox $24,000,000
2. “The Nun” NewLine $18,200,000
3. “A Simple Favor” Lionsgate $16,050,000
4. “White Boy Rick” Studio 8 $8,800,000
5. “Crazy Rich Asians” Warner Bros. $8,700,000
6. “Peppermint” STX Entertainment $6,070,000
7. “The Meg” Warner Bros. $3,805,000
8. “Searching” ScreenGems $3,200,000
9. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” Pure Flix $2,350,000
10. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Paramount $2,315,000

 

The latest in a long-running franchise, “The Predator,” won the weekend box office in its debut. But the film’s opening was fairly soft, considering its $88M price tag. With $24M in the US and only $30M additional elsewhere, Shane Black’s entry has the third highest opening out of six films before adjusting for inflation. Poor critical reception and a major controversy leading up to the film’s release no doubt played a part in keeping audiences away. But this has never really been a major blockbuster franchise, so the low numbers are not all that surprising.

The Nun” moved down into second place with another $18M. The latest in the “Conjuring” universe has earned over $225M worldwide as audiences love the quasi-true story nature of the series.

Paul Feig’s foray into thriller territory, “A Simple Favor,” opened in third place with $16M. The film received a lot of praise from critics heading into the weekend, and audiences have likewise embraced it. The film earned a worldwide total of just under $20M on its first weekend in theaters. It was a lower introduction than Feig’s films are used to, but his previous films have all been big budget, high profile comedies. This film will certainly have a bit of staying power as people start to talk about it.

Check out Karen Peterson’s review of “A Simple Favor” here.

Another newcomer to this week’s top five was “White Boy Rick,” which opens in third place. The film from Studio 8 earned $8.8M with no reported international ticket sales. The film received some surprisingly high praise from critics when it premiered in Telluride and Toronto over the past couple of weeks.

Check out Clayton Davis’s review of “White Boy Rick” here.

Crazy Rich Asians” hangs onto a spot in the top five, where it has been since its release a few weeks ago. The romantic comedy finished barely behind “White Boy Rick” with $8.7M. “Crazy Rich Asians” has earned just under $150M in the US and almost $190M worldwide. It is now the ninth highest grossing rom com with just a whisper to go before it passes both “Runaway Bride” and “Sex and the City” in total gross.

Peppermint” fell from second last week to sixth place this week, while “The Meg and “Searching” each slide down a spot or two. With worldwide numbers figured in, “Peppermint” is just about at its production budget. “The Meg” crossed $500M worldwide this week. And “Searching” became the third highest domestic grosser out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is the second highest in worldwide totals, a few million behind “Hereditary.”

Pure Flix released a new inspirational film with “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” which opened in ninth. The Christian themed film opened with $2.3M, which is the eighth highest debut from the studio.

And “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” keeps a tight grip on the top ten, moving down into tenth place with $2.3M as well. Tom Cruise’s latest outing as super spy Ethan Hunt has earned about $216M at home, and $760M worldwide. It is now the highest grossing film in the franchise both domestically and worldwide, unadjusted.

Next week’s openings include “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “The House With the Clock in Its Walls,” and “Life Itself.”

Did you see “The Predator” this weekend, or was “A Simple Favor” more for you? Comment below and share your weekend movie going adventures!