Box Office: 'The Grudge' Flunks With F CinemaScore, Eyes $11M Opening

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The last film to receive the failing grade was Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother' in 2017.

Sony's reboot The Grudge is headed for an $11 million debut at at the North American box office after getting flunked by audiences with a rare F CinemaScore.

Only 20 or so movies have ever received received the failing grade; the last was Darren Aronofsky's Mother in 2017.

The R-rated offering is the first nationwide release of the new year and faces plenty of competition from a strong flurry of holdovers as the holiday season comes to an official close and schools reopen Monday.

Disney's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will have no trouble staying atop the chart with another $37 million as it heads for the $450 million mark domestically.

Sony will take up the next three spots on the chart between the holiday hits Jumanji: The Next Level, Little Women and, in fourth place, The Grudge. Disney's Frozen 2 is expected to round out the top five.

Jumanji 2 grossed $8.7 million on Friday for a projected $26 million-$28 million weekend, putting its domestic total in the $235 million range through Sunday.

Little Women — which continues to exceed expectations — should earn $13 million to $14 million for a North American cume of nearly $60 million by the end of Sunday. The news is also bright overseas, where the Greta Gerwig-directed film is expected to finish the weekend with an early foreign tally of $20 million from its first six markets.

From Sony's Screen Gems, The Grudge opened to $5.4 million on Friday, including $1.8 million in Thursday previews. It remains to be seen whether Saturday traffic slows because of dismal reviews and the poor CinemaScore.

Produced by Sam Raimi — who has long been involved with the English-language version of the franchise — The Grudge is a reboot of the 2004 remake of the Japanese series. Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver star, while Nicolas Pesce directed the pic.