Box-Office Preview: 'A Quiet Place,' 'Rampage' Set to Drown Out 'I Feel Pretty'
'Super Troopers 2' and 'Traffik' also open nationwide on the final weekend before the summer box office kicks off with 'Avengers: Infinity War.'
A Quiet Place and Rampage are expected to duke it out for No. 1 at the box office this weekend despite the entry of I Feel Pretty, Amy Schumer's new comedy.
Overall, it's expected to be a quiet weekend as Hollywood ramps up for the beginning of the summer season on April 27, when Disney and Marvel unfurl Avengers: Infinity War, which is expected to open to a mega $225 million or more, and possibly surpass Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million) to land the top domestic debut of all time, not adjusted for inflation.
Getting back to this weekend, forecasts suggest New Line's Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Paramount's hit horror pic A Quiet Place will both earn $20 million or more. If A Quiet Place wins, it would be an impressive feat, considering the horror film will be in its third weekend, compared with Rampage's second outing.
I Feel Pretty is tracking to open between $13 million and $15 million, behind Schumer's Snatched ($19.5 million) and Trainwreck ($30.1 million). STX Entertainment believes there is plenty of room for upside if femmes turn out in force. The new comedy is rated PG-13, compared with a more restrictive R for Trainwreck and Snatched.
In the film, directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, Schumer plays a woman who believes she looks like a supermodel after bumping her head in a spinning class. The movie's current score on Rotten Tomatoes is an unenthusiastic 35 percent. I Feel Pretty co-stars Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton.
Schumer has responded to criticism from some on social media that the movie's trailer encouraged body shaming by saying that her character suffers from low self-esteem and that I Feel Pretty sends a positive message.
Super Troopers 2, from Fox Searchlight, is tracking to debut in the $5 million-$6 million range. A follow-up to the 2002 cult favorite, the comedy-adventure was written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, including director Jay Chandrasekhar, Brian Cox, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Leme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. The first film launched to $6.2 million domestically.
This time out, the oddball troopers attempt to resolve an international border dispute between the U.S. and Canada. The movie's Rotten Tomatoes score is presently 41 percent, an uptick over the first film's 35 percent.
Codeblack and Lionsgate's thriller Traffik is pacing to bow to an even more modest $4 million-$5 million. Directed by Deon Taylor, the movie revolves around a couple (Paula Patton and Omar Epps) who are terrorized by a biker gang at a remote country getaway. Reviews haven't yet posted.