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Friday the 13th certainly was lucky for Happy Death Day.
In another win for the horror genre, the film is scaring off the competition at the North American box office for a $26 million-plus debut after earning $11.6 million on Friday from 3,149 theaters.
The Universal and Blumhouse pic stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon, the pre-Halloween title is rated PG-13.
Happy Death Day will easily beat holdover Blade Runner 2049, which is projected to tumble 56 percent in its second outing to $14 million after debuting to a disappointing $32.8 million against a net budget of $150 million.
STXfilms’ action-thriller The Foreigner looks to place No. 3 after Happy Death Day and Blade Runner with a weekend gross of $12 million from 2,515 theaters. That a solid start for a film that cost a reported $35 million to make and has already earned more than $88 million internationally. (The U.S.-Chinese co-production opened in China on Sept. 30.)
The Martin Campbell-directed movie, nabbing an A- CinemaScore, stars Jackie Chan as a former military operative who comes out of retirement when his teenage daughter is killed in a politically-motivated terrorist attack. He’s forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. It’s expected to open in the low- to mid-teen millions.
Marshall and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, targeting older adults, are also launching nationwide this weekend, but are opting for a far smaller rollout.
From Open Road, Marshall is headed for an opening in the $3 million range from 821 theaters. In the biographical drama, Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice who, as a young NAACP lawyer, reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. Reginald Hudlin directed the drama, which also stars Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell.
Produced by Studio 6 and distributed by Annapurna, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is coming in behind expectations, and is tipped to open in the $800,000 range from 1,229 theaters. Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the real-life drama recounts how an American psychologist created the fictional character Wonder Woman. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote star.
Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight debuts its A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, and Bleecker Street releases Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
Oct. 13, 12:45 p.m. Updated with weekend estimates.
Oct. 14, 7:30 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.
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