Tate Taylor’s film adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel “The Girl on the Train” is expected to top the box-office this weekend with the film earning $1.23 million in Thursday night previews.
Despite weak reviews, the Emily Blunt and Luke Evans-led film is headed for an opening in the mid-$20 million range, though Hurricane Matthew is expected to have an impact on sales in key Gulf states. Those involved hope the film will follow the surprise path of 2014’s “Gone Girl” which scored $1.25 million in previews ahead of a $37 million weekend.
The other film everyone’s watching the figured for this weekend is Nate Parker’s slave-rebellion drama “The Birth of a Nation,” the Sundance sensation that Fox Searchlight nabbed for a record $17.5 million. A major controversy and bad PR over an incident on Parker’s past may have an impact on sales with current tracking figures for the film in the $7-8 million range.
The kids film “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” also opens this weekend. Full figures as they come in on Sunday will be made available here.