The Jennifer Lopez-led crime dramedy “Hustlers” is headed for an impressive domestic opening weekend of around $32 million, putting it in second place behind “IT: Chapter Two” which is targeting $40 million for its second weekend.
This would make “Hustlers,” about a group of strippers who orchestrate a plan to get back at the affluent Wall Street clients who have wronged them, STX’s best performer since “The Upside” launched at the start of the year. It’s also a much-needed hit for the distributor which has struggled in recent months with a series of flops, and critics are raving about the film which was produced for a cost-effective $20 million.
Speaking of flops, the Warner Bros. Pictures’ $49 million adaptation of mystery drama “The Goldfinch” is headed for a dismal debut of less than $3 million and in seventh place for the weekend, only a fraction of its tracking estimates. The film was one of the more high profile ones going into the Fall, but the movie utterly tanked with critics on the Fall festival circuit and the audience has stayed away.
“Angel Has Fallen” with $4.3 million, “Good Boys” with $4.1 million and “The Lion King” with $3.7 million round out the top five.