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The Predator tops US box office with lower than expected $24 million

The Predator

Story by Jack Foley

SHANE Black’s The Predator has topped the US box office with a lower than expected $24 million.

Heading into the weekend, the film had been expected to land somewhere in the $30 million range. But a number of bad reviews as well as the controversy surrounding one of its co-stars (who turned out to be a registered sex offender) hit the film harder than expected.

Overseas, the film’s performance was similarly subdued. It took $30.7 million from 72 markets for a global start of $54.7 million. The film cost an estimated $88 million to produce and, in the US, was given the fifth widest release in history for an R-rated title.

Black’s film opens more than 30 years after the first Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, became a cult classic. This time out, Boyd Holbrook heads up a rag-tag group of soldiers attempting to stop both a normal Predator and a superior version.

Elsewhere at the US box office, horror hit The Nun came in second place, albeit with a very steep drop from its opening weekend. The film took $18.2 million – marking the biggest drop of any title in The Conjuring universe of films.

Ironically, its opening figure had been the best in the Conjuring franchise so far.

Coming in third was Paul Feig’s neo-noir comedy A Simple Favor, which actually beat expectations with $16.1 million. The film stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and follows a mommy vlogger (played by Kendrick) who tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend with the help of her BFF’s husband.

The remaining spots in the US top five won’t actually be confirmed until Monday given how close the box office figures are for the two films occupying what could be fourth and fifth positions. But early indications show that Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians could just have pipped Yann Demange’s new crime drama, White Boy Rick (with Matthew McConaughey).

Sony is estimating $8.8 million for White Boy Rick, while Warner Bros has estimated $8.7 million for Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians did, however, finish the weekend with a US tally of $149.5 million, the best showing for a Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nine years. It has also now reached $187.4 million globally.

White Boy Rick, which pairs McConaughey with newcomer Richie Merritt, is based on the real-life tale of a father and son caught up in the crack cocaine epidemic of 1980s Detroit when the son is forced to turn government informant and deal drugs. He’s later abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.