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Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Daddy’s Home’ Takes $1.2 Million in Christmas Eve Previews

Paramount’s comedy “Daddy’s Home” has launched solidly with $1.2 million at 1,920 U.S. locations in Christmas Eve previews.

The movie, which reunites Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg five years after their partnership on “The Other Guys,” is on pace to pull in from $20 million to $22 million over the weekend at 3,271 sites. It’s expected to finish second behind the second weekend of “The Force Awakens,” which could pull in anywhere from $140 million to $180 million.

“Daddy’s Home,” which carries a $50 million budget, is PG-13-rated with Sean Anders directing. Ferrell plays a mild-mannered stepfather forced to compete for the affections of his two stepchildren when Wahlberg’s fun-loving biological father Dusty arrives on the scene.

Linda Cardellini plays the wife while Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Cannavale also star.

Christmas weekend is also seeing openings for Warner Bros.’ remake of “Point Break,” Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence vehicle “Joy” and Sony’s Will Smith NFL drama “Concussion.” Additionally, the Weinstein Co. is launching the 70mm version of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” in about 100 theaters and Fox opens Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant” at four theaters.

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