MGM’s “Operation Finale” opened on Wednesday with $1 million in 1,818 locations.
That’s a promising start for the crime drama, which is aiming for around $10 million over the six-day period. Set after World War II, “Operation Finale” follows Israeli Mossad agents who track down SS officer Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. Oscar Isaac stars as a Mossad agent, while Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, and Joe Alwyn round out the cast.
“Crazy Rich Asians” will likely maintain its reign at the domestic box office through Labor Day Weekend. It pocketed $2.6 million on Wednesday, and estimates show the Warner Bros. romantic comedy could earn another $20 million for the four-day weekend. To date, it has generated $86 million in North America and $93.5 million globally.
Otherwise, the holiday weekend is largely free of high-profile releases. Lionsgate is launching “Kin,” which is set to generate between $5 million to $7 million during the four-day frame. The sci-fi action pic, based on the short film “Bag Man,” features Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, and James Franco. It chronicles a recently paroled ex-con and his adopted teenage brother who are forced to go on the run when they find a strange weapon.
Sony’s “Searching” should make single digits when it expands to 1,200 locations. Last weekend, the thriller starring John Cho, Debra Messing, and Michelle La opened in nine theaters with $390,000 for a per-screen average of $43,388.
The Labor Day box office is expected to be up from the same weekend in 2017, which had the lowest ticket sales in almost two decades. As a whole, the summer box office is up 13% from the past season.