Box Office: 'Nerve' Strikes With $3.8M Opening Day

Niko Tavernise
'Nerve'

The techno-thriller, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, is opening midweek to get a jump on the competition.

Lionsgate's Nerve opened to $3.8 million on Wednesday from 2,538 theaters thanks in large part to younger femmes.

The techno-thriller, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, placed No. 2 behind Star Trek Beyond, which earned nearly $5 million. Based on the 2012 novel of the same name and adapted for the big screen by Jessica Sharzer, Nerve revolves around two young strangers who meet after enlisting in a dangerous online game. Juliette Lewis also stars.

Lionsgate decided to open Nerve midweek to get a jump on the other two new movies opening nationwide Friday: Jason Bourne and the female-skewing comedy Bad Moms. At this pace, Nerve is eyeing a $13 million to $15 million five-day debut.

Nerve, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, was awarded an A- CinemaScore overall and an A among moviegoers under the age of 25. The film cost just under $20 million to produce.

Wednesday's gross included $1.1 million grossed in Tuesday night previews.

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