Genre continues to dominate this weekend's box office in the form of Shane Black's The Predator, which should collect around $24 million from 4,037 domestic theaters as a hunting trophy, report Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Black (who starred as Hawkins in the 1987 original) brings together an all-star cast, which includes Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, and Keegan-Michael Key, for a fourth installment that intensifies the gore and action of a franchise built on those two things.
Despite so-so reviews from critics, a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a highly publicized casting controversy, The Predator will remain at the top of the box-office food chain, hunting down and skinning lesser beings.
In second place is The Nun, which helped genre fare retake the box office last week. The horror feature, which acts as another puzzle piece in The Conjuring universe, should make an estimated $18 million from 3,876 North American theaters.
All the other big spots are taken by family dramas and thrillers like White Boy Rick, Crazy Rich Asians, and A Simple Favor. This is the first week in the last month, where The Meg will not be taking in sizable returns, so as to take a major part of the box office. Still, it took in just over $1 million this past Friday, according to Box Office Mojo.
Other movies, like Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Disney's Christopher Robin, are starting to fizzle, with $610,000 and $481,000 respectively for their Friday returns. This might be a sign that they're ready to be released on home video, hopefully bolstering their current global tallies of $736,712,681 and $144,880,340. With the latter take, Christopher Robin would benefit the most from alternate sales beyond those of the box office.