Despite a mixed critical reaction, the horror thriller meets “Groundhog Day” time loop scenario Blumhouse feature “Happy Death Day” is set to beat its opening weekend expectations.
Originally slated for a $15-20 million opening, the film is now looking to score around $26 million for the weekend following an $11.6 million gross on Friday. Jessica Rothe stars in the film as a woman who is forced to relive her death over and over again until she finds out who killed her.
The Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford-led sci-fi sequel “Blade Runner 2049” will slip to second with a further $14-15 million.
Jackie Chan-led “The Foreigner” is looking to come in third with a solid $13.1 million for the weekend, but the film has already done robust overseas business with an $88 million gross in just a handful of globabl markets.
“IT” will take fourth with a further $6.6 million, while the Kate Winslet and Idris Elba-led “The Mountain Between Us” will come in fifth with $5.4 million for its second weekend.
Disappointing on arrival are some biopics which audiences have shown no taste for. Performing the best of the three is the Chadwick Boseman-led Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall” which will take in just $3 million.
Annapurna shouldn’t have gone wide with the Luke Evans-led Wonder Woman’s creation tale “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” which is headed for just $800,000 for the weekend. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” went in limited release, and though it’s too early for estimates on it yet – Friday’s results indicate a solid but unspectacular screen average.