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The boys are back.
Entourage, the film adaptation of the hit HBO series, opened to $5.4 million on Wednesday, including $2 million earned from Tuesday night previews. The Warner Bros. movie is launching midweek in order to get a jump on rival Spy, the action-comedy directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law.
Entourage hopes to clear $20 million over the course of its five-day debut, but it’s unclear if it can hit that mark and appeal beyond its core fans based on its Wednesday showing (conversely, Spy is widely expected to open in the low- to mid-$30 million range). So far, Entourage is doing best in Los Angeles and New York.
Series stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon reteamed with showrunner Doug Ellin to make the $30 million Entourage, which picks up where the HBO show left off four years ago. This time out, star Vincent Chase (Grenier) is in the midst of making his directorial debut for former agent Ari (Piven), now a studio head.
Mark Wahlberg, upon whom the character Vincent Chase is based, produced the movie and is among a slew of stars making cameos in the film as themselves.
Critics have been none too kind to Entourage, although it’s fared better with audiences, receiving an A- CinemaScore.
Spy opens everywhere Friday alongside Insidious: Chapter 3, which could open in the mid-$20 million range. And don’t count out holdover San Andreas, which opened to a seismic $54.6 million last weekend and should stay high up on the chart.
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