Box-Office Preview: 'Halloween' to Sink Sub Action Pic 'Hunter Killer'

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It's expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office as consumers turn their attention to Halloween parties and other spooky festivities.

David Gordon Green's Halloween won't have any trouble staying atop the box office in its second outing and will easily beat the new submarine action pic Hunter Killer, starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common.

Halloween, from Universal and Blumhouse, could earn anywhere from $27 million to north of $30 million after opening to a near-record $76.2 million last weekend.

It is expected to be a relatively quiet weekend at the box office as consumers focus on early Halloween parties and other spooky festivities. As such, there is a dearth of major new studio offerings opening nationwide.

Instead, Lionsgate's Summit Premiere is testing the waters with Hunter Killer, which is tracking to open in the $5 million-$8 million range upon unfurling in more than 2,700 theaters. The story follows an American submarine captain who tries to help stop a Russian coup that would topple that country's president. He assembles a team of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped president and stop World War III from breaking out. Lionsgate acquired the rights from Millennium.

Opening in far fewer theaters is the faith-based film Indivisible, which goes out in roughly 860 locations. The pic is based on the true story of an Army chaplain and his wife who fight to save their marriage with the help of God. Indivisible is tracking to debut to $2 million to $4 million.

Universal and Working Title are only targeting 500 cinemas for Johnny English Strikes Again, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the lovable, accidental secret agent. The movie is considered an international play and has already earned $100 million overseas. Tracking suggests it will take in $2 million this weekend in North America.

A flurry of award contenders will bow in select theaters at the specialty box office, including Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria (Amazon Studios), Maryam Keshavarz's Viper Club (Roadside Attractions), Ali Abbassi's Border (Neon) and Lee Chang-dong's Burning (Well Go USA).