The James Wan-produced horror film “The Curse of La Llorona” (aka. “The Curse of the Weeping Woman”), is tipped to top the Easter Holiday weekend with the Warner Bros. title nabbing an impressive $2.75 million in Thursday night previews.
That’s above the $2.3 million previews of both “Pet Sematary” and “Escape Room” earlier this year, but behind the $5.4 million previews for “The Nun” last Fall. Though one minor supporting character and a brief glimpse of the doll Annabelle in one scene link it to “The Conjuring” universe, the film is effectively a standalone story.
The film has been tracking for a $15-17 million opening, but estimates now have it potentially going above $20 million. “Shazam” will be coming in a close second with around $15 million while the faith-based “Breakthrough,” “Captain Marvel” and “Little” are expected to battle it out for the rest of the top five.
Also, in an interesting reversal, the box-office bomb that was the Ferrell/Reilly comedy “Holmes and Watson” has topped the physical disc rental charts of movie rental company Redbox this week, and also nabbed the number two slot for digital (behind “The Mule”).