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Box office: Skyscraper leans toward disappointing debut, Hotel Transylvania 3 to scare up top spot

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Jul 15, 2018, 11:20 AM EDT (Updated)

It's The Rock vs. Adam Sandler at this weekend's box office. Who would have guessed that Sandler would come out on top in such a match? Let's get into the specifics, shall we?

Surprisingly, the former's action thriller, Skyscraper, is not doing so hot for its American debut, on course to take in a meager $25 million from 3,782 theaters, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. This total, however, will place the movie in third place. In the film, Dwayne Johnson plays a former FBI agent turned security consultant, who finds himself fighting for the lives of his family in the world's largest building (a la Die Hard). The film, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, is expected to fare better overseas in places like China, especially since most of the plot takes place in Hong Kong. 

In a shocking upset, Sony's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is headed for the top spot, with around $41 million from 4,267 theaters. Directed by Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky, the third installment in the animated kid's franchise finds Dracula (Sandler) & co. embarking on a luxurious cruise, unaware that the ship's captain is a descendant of Drac's archnemesis, Abraham Van Helsing. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 20th film from Marvel Studios, should be in second place at the box office with $28-$30 million. So far, the Marvel sequel has brought in $112 million domestically and almost $200 million worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo. As the last Marvel feature before next March's Captain Marvel, the sequel has been described as a light-hearted palate cleanser after the heavy repercussions of Avengers: Infinity War. Nevertheless, the post-credits sequence reminds viewers of the destruction wrought by the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). 

In the fourth and fifth spots are Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which should take in around $15 million each. The Jurassic World sequel has already passed the $1 billion mark globally (just like its predecessor), so Incredibles, which has made a sizable $792 million around the world, should be allowed to come out on top. 

All in all, it's a good week for genre at the box office, with the five top spots being secured by sci-fi projects.