(Sleep) which runs 2 1/2 hours is lower than the $2.75M made by New Line’s Curse of La Llorona, and lower than Paramount’s reboot of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary back during the Easter/spring break period which did $2.3M. Opening weekend estimates for Doctor Sleep, which cost in the mid $50Ms before P&A, are in the $25M-$30M range. Remember, it’s a pure 4-day weekend with Veterans Day falling on Monday.
Lionsgate/AGC Studios’ Midway drew $925K at previews in 2,600 locations at 7PM. As expected, pic’s Thursday night is being compared to 12 Strong which made $900K from 7PM showtimes and turned in an opening weekend of $15.8M. The Roland Emmerich directed movie is expected to draw $12M-$14M this weekend.
Universal’s Last Christmas made $575K last night from 7PM shows in 2,700 theaters. Pic expands to 3,448 venues today. Expectations for the Paul Feig romantic comedy were in the mid-teens, with the expectation that it would peg ahead of Midway. With these low preview night figures and a 3-star grade, that opening could be lower.
Probably both and the title doesn't help at all.
I imagine they're familiar with its more popular cultural touchstones -- namely the twins and "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!" -- but very few of them have actually seen the film itself, which is bad news for anything pitching itself as a sequel. Not to mention that it features zero of the original cast, which obviously makes sense for logistical reasons but is not really conducive with box office success.
Disney will probably have no choice but to share the majority of blame should anything bad happen to Fox. It’s a devious but smart move. No one forced them to buy Fox.
Have you forgotten how everyone was talking about The Shining sequence in Ready Player One???