Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Topping Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’

John Krasinski’s horror-thriller “A Quiet Place” is heading for a domestic box office victory with about $20 million, topping Amy Schumer’s comedy “I Feel Pretty” and Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” ear…

John Krasinski’s horror-thriller “A Quiet Place” is heading for a domestic box office victory with about $20 million, topping Amy Schumer’s comedy “I Feel Pretty” and Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” early estimates showed Friday. Fox’s launch of fan-funded “Super Troopers 2” could nearly double recent forecasts, and is set to finish in fourth place with about […]

Box Office: ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tops Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ on Thursday Night

“Super Troopers 2” has topped Amy Schumer’s comedy “I Feel Pretty” with $1.4 million at 1,850 North American locations on Thursday night. STXfilms’ “I Feel Pretty” took in $1 million from 2,600 sites from…

“Super Troopers 2” has topped Amy Schumer’s comedy “I Feel Pretty” with $1.4 million at 1,850 North American locations on Thursday night. STXfilms’ “I Feel Pretty” took in $1 million from 2,600 sites from Thursday previews. “Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original 2001 film — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, […]

Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Zips to $1 Million at Thursday Box Office

Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” earned $1 million at the Thursday box office.

In comparison, Schumer’s “Trainwreck” earned $1.8 million in previews in 2015 before it grossed $30 million in its opening weekend, whereas last year’s “Snatched” grossed $650,000 on Thursday night before opening to $19.5 million. “I Feel Pretty” is aiming for a $13 million to $15 million opening weekend, based on a production budget of $32 million.

“I Feel Pretty” stars Schumer as Renee, who after a head injury during a workout class sees her body in a completely new perspective and has a newfound confidence to live life fearlessly. The film, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, also stars Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps and Tom Hopper.

Also Read: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Film Review: Amy Schumer Teaches a Despicable Lesson in Self-Love

“Super Troopers 2” earned $1.35 million from 1,850 locations on Thursday night, with showings starting at 4:20 p.m. To compare, Universal’s “Blockers” earned $1.5 million in previews a couple weeks ago, and had an opening weekend of $20.5 million.

It is the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar, which was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollar.

The sequel is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

Also Read: Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Braces for Ugly Box Office Debut

Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million after grossing $225,000 in previews on Thursday.

“A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens — the film starring Dwayne Johnson earned another 1.9 million on Thursday night for a domestic cumulative of $45.6 million.

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Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” earned $1 million at the Thursday box office.

In comparison, Schumer’s “Trainwreck” earned $1.8 million in previews in 2015 before it grossed $30 million in its opening weekend, whereas last year’s “Snatched” grossed $650,000 on Thursday night before opening to $19.5 million. “I Feel Pretty” is aiming for a $13 million to $15 million opening weekend, based on a production budget of $32 million.

“I Feel Pretty” stars Schumer as Renee, who after a head injury during a workout class sees her body in a completely new perspective and has a newfound confidence to live life fearlessly. The film, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, also stars Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps and Tom Hopper.

“Super Troopers 2” earned $1.35 million from 1,850 locations on Thursday night, with showings starting at 4:20 p.m. To compare, Universal’s “Blockers” earned $1.5 million in previews a couple weeks ago, and had an opening weekend of $20.5 million.

It is the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar, which was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollar.

The sequel is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million after grossing $225,000 in previews on Thursday.

“A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens — the film starring Dwayne Johnson earned another 1.9 million on Thursday night for a domestic cumulative of $45.6 million.

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Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis

Dwayne Johnson responded thoughtfully to our analysis of “Rampage,” and our box-office editor responded in kind.

It would be exciting to be noticed by any major Hollywood player, but even more so from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is as smart as he is successful. And when he tweets, he deserves an answer.

His tweet responded to my just-published article about “Rampage” and how it positioned him as a contender for the biggest star in movies (particularly in domestic play). He took aim at the headline. So, a response is in order.

The headline (which, as is normal practice, was written by my editor) synthesized the story’s message, which focused on his film’s domestic performance. “Rampage” was #1 for the weekend, and indeed met and slightly exceeded domestic projections. And, as the article pointed out, it deserved credit for an initial gross ahead of equally expensive recent action films like “Tomb Raider” and “Pacific Rim: Uprising.”

Statham The Rock Fate of the Furious

“The Fate of the Furious”

‘Soft,’ in this case, is relative. The context is the high expectations attached to the actor who’s arguably our current biggest star. He came to “Rampage” backed not only by a 17-year film career that’s grossed $2 billion worldwide (adjusted), but also with  “Jumanji,” his biggest domestic success to date.

So when “Rampage” grossed $35,753,000 for the weekend, that was good enough for #1 but less than we might have expected. (Of note: “A Quiet Place” bested it Monday and Wednesday). What are fair comparisons? As my article mentioned, “Kong: Skull Island” last year opened to over $60 million in similar pre-summer playtime. Johnson’s own “San Andreas” opened to $58 million adjusted.

Johnson is coming off the amazing run of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which gave “Rampage” an even bigger head of steam. However, its opening gross fell in the “soft” range of other films of a similar budget — “Blade Runner 2049” ($33 million), “The Mummy” ($32 million), and “Alien Covenant” ($36 million).

“Rampage”

Ultimately, we’re not talking about the comp game; it’s prognosticating ultimate results. Johnson is the real deal, a long-term success poised to thrive for years to come. With its strong Chinese debut and other foreign results, “Rampage” should gross enough to make a profit when post-theatrical revenues come in — and that’s where “soft” comes in to play. It’s difficult to parse how the actor who’s considered the biggest box-office draw can star in a film, made in his sweet spot, that still leaves the studios concerned about making a profit. It means future productions may decide that his appeal, however proven, doesn’t mean he can carry a derivative film solely on his name; he needs the backing of a strong ensemble, a franchise, or both. And judging by Johnson’s upcoming slate, he may have already reached the same conclusion.

The performance of “Rampage” will be revealed int he weeks to come; Japan and Germany are still to open. It could turn out its mid-level opening is enough. Or the film might end up doing less than hoped. Either way, it’s not the final answer to the original question: Is Dwayne Johnson our biggest box-office star?

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Can ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Top ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Record Box Office Opening?

It’s undisputed that “Avengers: Infinity War” will have a monstrous opening at the box office. The question is: How high can it go? Initial tracking indicated that the superhero adventure would launch to $175 million to $200 million, …

It’s undisputed that “Avengers: Infinity War” will have a monstrous opening at the box office. The question is: How high can it go? Initial tracking indicated that the superhero adventure would launch to $175 million to $200 million, but projections have since increased to between $190 million and $235 million-plus. If those numbers continue to increase, […]

If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?

Johnson’s movie-star status says as much about the times as it does about the actor.

Rampage” opened #1 last weekend at just under $36 million, with Dwayne Johnson its only name draw. Is that enough to make The Rock the biggest movie star in Hollywood — or, is his greatest asset the near-complete dearth of actors who can open movies?

Johnson’s marquee value is well documented. Since 2011, he appeared in eight films that grossed over $100 million (nine if you include the animated “Moana”). “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017 each exceeded $200 million. However, times have changed. Once, being a top star meant your movies were always the year’s biggest movies. Now, in an era where animation and comic-book adaptations are the biggest draws, an actor’s own larger-than-life appeal is less important.

“Rampage” should make around $90 million domestic and another $300 million or so additional overseas. Expect it to make $400 worldwide, perhaps a little more. With production and marketing costs topping $220 million, Warner Bros. will make a small profit only after the film hits streaming.

Still, his career doesn’t show the same strengths as, say, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Another oversized personality from the athletics world, his films ranked among the annual top-10 box office lists for years. Some were action, some were comedies, but most were standalone star vehicles. So far, that’s not Johnson.

Even so, $400 million for a routine April release of a non-franchise film is nothing to sneeze at. Let’s look at the case for, and against, Johnson as the biggest domestic star of our time.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

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The Case For:

Without Johnson, Warners would have been in trouble on “Rampage.” The year has been unkind to big-budget films that didn’t get good reviews like “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” “Tomb Raider,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” Each of those cost $100 million or more, opened to less than “Rampage,” and failed to hit $100 million total domestic (“Wrinkle” will get close; the other two won’t even make $70 million).

Compared to his movie-star peers, “Rampage” overperformed. “12 Strong” had Chris Hemsworth, “Den of Thieves” Gerald Butler, “Red Sparrow” Jennifer Lawrence. All opened between $15 million-$17 million and grossed less than $50 million domestic. And while “Rampage” wasn’t a franchise title, it repeats the formula, star, studio and director of 2015’s “San Andreas” — and has him dealing with rampaging FX animals that echo his recent smash “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” These days, an expensive action movie can’t count on an opening of even $20 million if it doesn’t offer something extra. The extra here seems to have been Johnson.

Technically, Robert Downey, Jr. is bigger. Based on box office since 2011, the star of the “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes” movies has the lead. He also benefits from his Marvel ensemble work, showing up in “Captain America” and “Spider-Man.” However, in that period Johnson made six films with a domestic gross over $200 million each. Four titles — “San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and “Journey 2” (along with his voice work in “Moana”) made over $100 million domestic

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“Pain & Gain”

The Case Against

He’s an asset, but has he created the Dwayne Johnson Movie? Before the “Jumanji” reboot, his biggest hits were four “Fast and Furious” films in which Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker were the leads. (In adjusted grosses, his four entries rank among the five biggest of the seven-film series ).Beyond “Jumanji” and the “Fast and Furious” franchise, his top-performing film since 2011 was “San Andreas,” the #20 movie for 2015.

Look at Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg’s films have grossed less than Johnson’s since 2011 — around $1.5 billion total. However, Johnson gets more than half of his $2 billion domestic haul from the “Fast and Furious” series, in which he was not the lead. Less than a third of Wahlberg’s gross stemmed from two “Transformers” entries, in which he received top billing.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

“The Great Gatsby”

And then there’s Leo. If star power is defined as the ability to get an atypical film made at a high budget, and then elevate interest for general domestic and worldwide audiences, with the result of $300-500 million grosses, then DiCaprio’s draw is arguably greater than any other current actor. Even while making far fewer films, Leonardo DiCaprio continues to elevate his titles to event status. It is hard to imagine his four top films from 2011 on — “The Revenant,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Django Unchained” — performing as well without him. Nor do any of these films resemble the profile of what’s successful today. Perhaps more than any other working actor, DiCaprio’s presence casts an imprimatur of importance.

That said, since 2011 none of DiCaprio’s films have made $1 billion worldwide, and two of Johnson’s “Fast and Furious” films grossed over $1 billion in foreign alone. But those were ensembles with an emphasis on car chases and stunts, compared to DiCaprio’s acting showcases.

Whatever the wattage of Johnson’s star, he seems to like it just fine, thanks. His crowded slate is filled with franchises (“Jumanji 2,” “San Andreas 2”), a DC Comics superhero launch (“Black Adam”), a Disney theme park ensemble (“Jungle Cruise”) and a Fast and Furious spinoff (“Hobbs and Shaw”). Beyond that, he’s suggested an interest in politics, and might aim at the top job. Take that, Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Braces for Ugly Box Office Debut

With “Avengers: Infinity War” a week away, most studios are giving this weekend a wide berth. No studio wants to put out a major release this weekend only to have moviegoers ignore it next week in favor of the most anticipated film of the year. It’s why Warner Bros. moved “Rampage” up to last week after “Avengers” was bumped from May 4 to April 27.

Instead, this weekend’s list of wide releases consists of three films that are all expected to open to under $20 million. Analysts who spoke with TheWrap say that “A Quiet Place” and “Rampage” will once again contend for the No. 1 spot, with the edge being given to “A Quiet Place” after it held its second-weekend drop-off to 34 percent. “A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens.

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Leading the new releases is “I Feel Pretty,” Amy Schumer’s latest comedy about a woman who is knocked out while trying to lose weight, and wakes up with a completely new perspective about her body.

Three years ago, Schumer left a big mark on the box office with her debut film “Trainwreck,” which opened to $30 million and went on to gross $140.7 million worldwide. But last year’s sophomore effort, “Snatched,” flopped in the shadow of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” opening to $19.5 million and only grossing $60.8 million globally.

“I Feel Pretty” is expected to make even less than that. Opening in 3,400 locations, the comedy’s pre-weekend tracking gives it a launch of $13-15 million and a third-place finish on the weekend. One advantage is that, unlike Schumer’s previous films, “I Feel Pretty” is rated PG-13 instead of R. This could help spread the film to a wider audience if the film’s message of body positivity resonates with the first wave of moviegoers.

Also Read: Amy Schumer Claps Back at ‘I Feel Pretty’ Critics: ‘We All Struggle With Self-Esteem’

“I Feel Pretty” is the directorial debut of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who also wrote the screenplay.  Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, and Aidy Bryant also star.

Also out this weekend is Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2,” the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar. It was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollars — and the sequel is expected to open to $8-9 million this weekend.

The film is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

Also Read: ‘Super Troopers 2’ Red-Band Trailer Reunites Broken Lizard for More Madness (Video)

Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million.

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With “Avengers: Infinity War” a week away, most studios are giving this weekend a wide berth. No studio wants to put out a major release this weekend only to have moviegoers ignore it next week in favor of the most anticipated film of the year. It’s why Warner Bros. moved “Rampage” up to last week after “Avengers” was bumped from May 4 to April 27.

Instead, this weekend’s list of wide releases consists of three films that are all expected to open to under $20 million. Analysts who spoke with TheWrap say that “A Quiet Place” and “Rampage” will once again contend for the No. 1 spot, with the edge being given to “A Quiet Place” after it held its second-weekend drop-off to 34 percent. “A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens.

Leading the new releases is “I Feel Pretty,” Amy Schumer’s latest comedy about a woman who is knocked out while trying to lose weight, and wakes up with a completely new perspective about her body.

Three years ago, Schumer left a big mark on the box office with her debut film “Trainwreck,” which opened to $30 million and went on to gross $140.7 million worldwide. But last year’s sophomore effort, “Snatched,” flopped in the shadow of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” opening to $19.5 million and only grossing $60.8 million globally.

“I Feel Pretty” is expected to make even less than that. Opening in 3,400 locations, the comedy’s pre-weekend tracking gives it a launch of $13-15 million and a third-place finish on the weekend. One advantage is that, unlike Schumer’s previous films, “I Feel Pretty” is rated PG-13 instead of R. This could help spread the film to a wider audience if the film’s message of body positivity resonates with the first wave of moviegoers.

“I Feel Pretty” is the directorial debut of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who also wrote the screenplay.  Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, and Aidy Bryant also star.

Also out this weekend is Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2,” the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar. It was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollars — and the sequel is expected to open to $8-9 million this weekend.

The film is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million.

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