Box Office: Dave Franco, Emma Roberts Thriller ‘Nerve’ Rattles $3.8 Million

Lionsgate’s “Nerve” has opened with a solid $3.8 million at 2,538 U.S. locations on Wednesday as the thriller got a two-day jump on the launches of “Jason Bourne” and “Bad Moms.”

Nerve,” starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in a cautionary tale about the dangers of cybergaming, received an A- CinemaScore overall and an A from those moviegoers under 25. The opening day indicates that “Nerve” may come in at the top end of forecasts, which had projected between $12 million to $15 million over its first five days in theaters.

That’s a respectable performance so far, given its budget of under $20 million. Wednesday’s gross included $1.1 million from  Tuesday night preview screenings.

“Nerve” is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and written by Jessica Sharzer, based on Jeanne Ryan’s novel of the same name. Juliette Lewis also stars.

Roberts plays a high school senior who’s part of a group of young people engaging in a series of increasingly dangerous online dares. Critics have given “Nerve” a 68% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s “Jason Bourne” is expected to dominate the weekend with more than $50 million at 4,025 sites as Matt Damon returns to the franchise for the first time since 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

STX Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” has been forecast to top $20 million at 3,215 locations this weekend. Paramount’s second weekend of “Star Trek Beyond” should take in at least $25 million over the weekend.

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