This weekend audiences will once again flock to movies like SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME and TOY STORY 4, but that doesn’t mean the new movie CRAWL won’t take a bite out of the box office either. The alligator-centric horror movie from director Alexandre Aja and producer Sam Raimi locked it’s jaws onto $1 million from Thursday pre-shows and looks to do some better-than-expected business thanks to some great reviews.
As noted by BoxOffice Pro, the Thursday total for CRAWL comes nestled between similar movies THE SHALLOWS and 47 METERS DOWN, which made $1.3 and $740K, respectively. Both of those movies managed $16 million and $11 million for their opening weekends, and right now early projections are placing CRAWL on track for about $8-10 million, but it could make more now that the reviews are sitting pretty, with it holding an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes (our review here).
The movie’s direct competition, STUBER, is expected to debut at around the same total, making $750K last night. The comedy has star power behind it with the team of Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, but reviews have been poor at about a 45% on RT (our review here). Adults looking for an R-rated comedy could show out for the movie, but it’s just as likely that same audience may opt-out for a horror movie like CRAWL.
On the other end of the world, THE LION KING debuted in China one week before it hits theaters in North America, and it started off what’s expected to be a mighty reign with $13.4 million. That’s slightly above the opening of TOY STORY 4’s $13.2 million, and the movie is expected to perform better than any other Disney remake has so far. Current estimates predict the movie could make just as much as $170-$180 million total, which would be above the $150 million total of THE JUNGLE BOOK (also from director Jon Favreau), and well above this year’s ALADDIN ($53 million).
Should LION KING break out as expected, it would be a big chunk of change on top of what is expected to be a massive sum from audiences over here. The movie is expected to make anywhere between $180-$200 million next weekend, with the most positive of predictions saying it could cross $600 million by the end of its run, despite the current lukewarm reviews (ours here).
CRAWL and STUBER are in theaters now, and LION KING is in theaters July 19.