'PREDATOR' TAKES BOX OFFICE (09/17/2018)
Predator is devouring its rivals at the box office. 20thCentury Fox reports the film earned $24 million to land at the top spot; but its high production costs ($88 million) may not have the studio doing cartwheels.
The Shane Black-helmed film will reportedly be looking to international markets to balance the books. This weekend, Predator nabbed $30.7 million in 72 foreign markets. Domestic audiences were primarily male (62%) and white (45%). The underwhelming C+ CinemaScore reflected the ambivalent critical response.
Second place went to The Nun, which earned $18.2 million in its second weekend out. To date, the Conjuring spinoff has nabbed $85 million.
Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor, starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, closed out the top three with $16.1 million.
Predator, starring Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown and Boyd Holbrook, has been making headlines in recent weeks over Munn’s decision to speak out after learning that Black had cast a former sex offender in the film.She asked that the scene be cut (the studio complied, but not before dragging its feet, she said). Munn also complained that she was the only cast-member to speak out on the issue. Brown later came out and said he supported Munn and was sorry he hadn’t spoken up earlier.
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Top 10 at the Box Office:
1."The Predator," $24 million ($30.7 million international).
2."The Nun," $18.2 million.
3."A Simple Favor," $16.1 million.
4."White Boy Rick," $8.8 million.
5."Crazy Rich Asians," $8.7 million.
6."Peppermint," $6.1 million.
7."The Meg," $3.8 million.
8."Searching," $3.2 million.
9."Unbroken: Path to Redemption," $2.4 million.
10."Mission: Impossible — Fallout," $2.3 million.