Lionsgate’s “Age of Adaline” has opened respectably with $575,000 in Thursday night preview showings at 2,100 U.S. theaters.
Screenings began at 7 p.m. for the romantic fantasy starring Blake Lively, which is expanding to 2,991 locations this weekend. Recent forecasts have pegged it at about $12 million.
Lively stars as a woman who stops aging after an auto accident. Michiel Huisman stars as the love interest along with Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn. Critics have been split on “Adaline,” which has a 54% “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site.
“Adaline” carries a pricetag of $30 million and is also backed by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment. It’s the only new wide release this weekend, which will probably be led by Universal’s fourth weekend of “Furious 7” at around $15 million.
“Furious 7” crossed the $300 million mark on Wednesday, becoming the 50th title to hit that milestone. It’s been just as powerful overeseas, with $857 million banked so far.
Sony’s second weekend of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is expected to battle “Adaline” for second place.
Open Road is opening World War II drama “Little Boy” at 1,045 locations, with forecasts indicating a modest $3 million weekend. The coming-of-age story has been marketed toward faith-based moviegoers.