Action-comedy “Keanu,” starring Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and a kitten, has purred to the tune of $560,000 at Thursday night screenings in North America, while “Mother’s Day” barely made a whimper with $225,000.
“Keanu,” which opened the South by Southwest festival last March, is expected to finish the weekend with $10 million to $12 million at 2,658 sites. Disney’s “The Jungle Book” should rule the box office for a third consecutive weekend in the $40 million range, pushing it to an impressive $250 million total in its first 17 days.
Open Road’s romantic comedy “Mother’s Day,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis, could challenge “Keanu” for second place. Directed by Garry Marshall, the film includes a large ensemble with Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale, Shay Mitchell, Britt Robertson, Héctor Elizondo, Jack Whitehall and Jon Lovitz.
Reviews for “Mother’s Day,” which opens at 3,035 sites, have been negative with a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” will dominate when it opens on May 6, with forecasts of an opening weekend approaching $200 million.
New Line’s “Keanu” may outperform expectations, given the strong following for the stars of the Comedy Central show “Key & Peele” and mostly positive reviews. “Keanu” enjoys a 79% “fresh” rating on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
The story about the duo trying to recover a stolen kitten from drug dealers carries a modest $15 million price tag for Warner Bros. and New Line.
Expectations are low for Gramercy’s launch of “Ratchet & Clank,” based on the 14-year-old video game franchise. “Ratchet” opens at 2,891 locations and is expected to take in about $5 million.