Box Office: 'Sausage Party' Cooking Up $25M Debut, 'Pete's Dragon' No Match
Adult offering 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' starring Meryl Streep, is doing modest business in its debut; holdover 'Suicide Squad' will easily beat all three new films, but no one's sure how much the anti-superhero film will fall.
Sausage Party, the R-rated animated comedy from Sony and Annapurna Pictures, is boiling over at the Friday box office, according to early predictions.
The latest irreverent offering from producers/writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is headed for a $13 million Friday from 3,013 theaters for a domestic debut of $25 million to $30 million. Friday's haul will include a stellar $3.3 million earned in Thursday-night previews.
However, holdover Suicide Squad should easily win the weekend overall, although everyone will be watching to see how much it declines from its August-best $133.7 million opening last weekend. According to first projections, the Warner Bros. and DC title could earn anywhere from $41 million to $48 million in its sophomore outing, a 64 percent to 69 percent decline. Globally, the anti-superhero film should easily cross the $400 million mark over the weekend.
Sausage Party, directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, is centered on grocery store food like hot dogs and follows one brave sausage who strives to discover the truth about his existence. The raunchy film cost a modest $19 million to produce.
If projections hold, Sausage Party will trounce Disney's CG/live-action hybrid Pete's Dragon. The $65 million family film looks to gross roughly $8 million on Friday from 3,702 locations for a projected $23 million weekend, give or take.
The remake of the 1977 Disney movie, which skipped Thursday-night previews, was directed by David Lowery and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley and Robert Redford. The story follows a forest ranger in the Northwest Pacific who meets a young orphan claiming his best friend is a giant green dragon.
Finally, Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, is seeking out the adult audience this weekend and earned $190,000 in previews. It's playing in far fewer theaters than its rivals at 1,528 runs.
The film, based on the real-life story of a New York heiress who bought a career as an opera star only to be ridiculed, is projected to gross around $2 million on Friday for a debut in the $6 million-7 million range.
Stephen Frears helmed the pic, which is produced by Pathe and BBC Films and distributed by Paramount.