Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s King Kong movie should lead the pack in its opening weekend, according to Friday afternoon estimates. The tentpole looks to earn about $18 million on Friday (including the $3.7 million it made in Thursday previews) on its way to an opening in the $45 million to $50 million range from 3,846 theaters. The most recent number holds with earlier estimates.
Overseas, “Kong” has made $12 million in two days. U.K. leads international grosses for the film with $751,000, followed by Russia, UAE and South Korea.
Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman make up the core cast of “Kong.” Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed the movie based on a script by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly with story assistance from John Gatins. The franchise reboot was made for an estimated $135 million, and currently holds a certified fresh 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since it is the only major release this weekend, “Kong’s” toughest competition comes in the form of Hugh Jackman. “Logan” was a box office beast during its opening weekend last week when it earned $88.4 million. During its second frame, the film, from 20th Century Fox, is expected to earn about $40 million from 4,071 locations. Blumhouse and Universal’s third weekend of the horror thriller “Get Out” should land safely in third with about $20 million.
As of March 7, the total grosses for this year’s box office trailed 2016 by 2.8%. Next weekend, Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is expected to help efforts made by “Logan,” “Kong” and “Get Out” to close the gap.
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