Box Office: 'Baby Driver' Makes Off With $2.1M in Tuesday Previews

Edgar Wright's critically acclaimed heist thriller stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm.

Getting a jump on the July Fourth corridor, Baby Driver rode into its first 2,606 theaters Tuesday night, earning a strong $2.1 million in previews.

Edgar Wright directed the critically acclaimed R-rated film, from Sony's TriStar Pictures and MRC. The original heist thriller — which opens everywhere Wedesday — hopes to serve as counterprogramming to more standard popcorn fare. Sony puts the movie's net budget at $34 million before marketing.

Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal and Eiza Gonzalez star alongside Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

From an original script by Wright, the story follows a talented getaway driver (Elgort) who decides to leave his life of crime behind when meeting the girl of his dreams (James). But a crooked crime boss (Spacey) makes those plans impossible.

Sony and TriStar were so jazzed about the movie that they moved up releasing it from August to now. Prerelease tracking suggests Baby Driver will post a five-debut of $20 million or more. Sony is being more conservative and suggesting in the mid-teens.

The mega-player this weekend will be Universal's and Illumination's Despicable Me 3, which opens in North America on Friday. The animated threequel should debut to $85 million or more.

The weekend's third new offering, New Line and Village Roadshow's The House, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, isn't likely to set off any fireworks. The R-rated comedy is tracking to debut in the $10 million-$12 million range.