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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend saw the wide release of Shane Black’s The Predator and Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor.

The Predator came in at No. 1 this past weekend, and while that may sound good, bit really isn’t. The movie was tracking between $27 million and $32 million, and it didn’t even pull in that lower figure. By the weekend’s send, it made $24.0 million domestically, just shy of 2010’s Predators‘ $24.76 million opening. It’s unclear if there was one reason for this, but there was a lot going against it going into it. In addition to the controversy surrounding Black hiring a sex offender, the film was the victim of bad reviews from critics (Including our own Nick Doll) and, even worse, bad reviews from audiences, who gave it a C+ CinemaScore. Clearly, this news does not bode well for the franchise, and I’d be surprised if we see another one of these movies within the next decade.

At No. 2, we have The Nun. You may recall that the film had a record opening figure for the Conjuring franchise, and while it is more than on its way for reeling in a hefty profit for the studio, this weekend saw the franchise’s worst second-weekend drop. It only took in $18.2 million domestically, meaning that it dropped 66% from its opening weekend. Clearly, the negative reception from both critics and fans is having an effect.

In third place is A Simple Favor. The film from Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was well-received by both critics and fans (the latter of whom gave it a B+ CinemaScore, meaning they liked what they saw). However, the movie cost $20 million to make, and with its $16.1 million haul, it’s not clear if it will be able to make back its budget and advertising costs, when all said and done. I’d personally speculate it’ll just barely break even at the box-office, and will slip into the world of profitability on home release.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 16, are below.

The Predator – 20th Century Fox – $24.0M
The Nun – Warner Bros – $18.2M
A Simple Favor – Lionsgate – $16.1M
White Boy Rick – Sony – $8.8M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $8.7M
Peppermint – STX Entertainment – $6.1M
Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $3.8M
Searching – Sony – $3.2M
Unbroken: A Path To Redemption – Pure Flix – $2.4M
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount – $2.3M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 16, are below.

The Predator – 20th Century Fox – $54.7M
The Nun – Warner Bros – $51.3M
L Storm – Multi – $32.2M
Simple Favor, L – Lionsgate – $19.6M
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount – $18.2M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – 16.0M
Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $9.9M
Searching – Sony – $9.2M
White Boy Rick – Sony – $8.8M
Peppermint – STX Entertainment – $7.9M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

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.