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Lionsgate and Millennium Media’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard shot its way to No. 1 at the Wednesday box office with an opening-day gross of $3.9 million from 2,490 theaters.
The $3.9 million includes Tuesday preview grosses and paid sneaks over the weekend.
Set four years after the events of the original, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) once again meets up with assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson) as they embark on a new adventure to save Darius’ wife, Sonia (Hayek), from new threats. The sequel also stars Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Richard E. Grant and Frank Grillo.
Hollywood expects the film to post a five-day debut in the mid- to high-teens.
A Quiet Place Part II placed No. 2 with an estimated $1.5 million from 3,515 theaters for a domestic cume of $114.3 million. The Paramount horror-thriller pulled off a surprise upset last weekend in its third outing when beating the debut of In the Heights ($12 million versus $11.5 million, respectively).
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