– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a long road for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The project was off to an interesting start, as it got off the ground during the start of the #MeToo movement, forcing Tarantino to go elsewhere for his distribution and financial backing. After all the studios put on a dog-and-pony show for the acclaimed filmmaker, he eventually set up shop at Sony. The film made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s now awaiting release.

But how much will Tarantino’s ninth film nab at the box office in its opening weekend? His movies have always been interesting since they teeter between the mainstream and the pretentious, so they aren’t always the easiest to peg.

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However, THR is reporting that projections have the movie set to open at $30 million-plus once it bows into theaters on July 26. Some believe it could reach as high as $50 million, but those aren’t the numbers actually being touted at this moment.

Regardless, this looks to be in line with some of Tarantino’s bigger successes. Django Unchained started out with $30.1 million and went on to gross $425.4 million worldwide. Inglourious Basterds started off with a career-high of $38.1 million and went on to take in $321.5 million worldwide. 

But will the “Hollywood” nature of the movie limit its overall appeal for overseas audiences? I’ll be interested to see.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.