‘The Predator’ Underwhelms At Weekend Box Office

Audiences may have heeded critics’ warnings to stay away from Shane Black’s The Predator, as the writer-director’s bland sci-fi sequel earned $24 million in its opening weekend at the North American box office.

That figure was good enough to knock last weekend’s winner The Nun out of the top spot, but came in below 20th Century Fox’s expectations for the fourth installment in the long-running franchise. The Predator — which cost an estimated $68 million to make — added another $30.7 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $54.7 million.

Whether it was the pre-release controversy involving Olivia Munn revealing that one of her co-stars, Steven Wilder Striegel, was a registered sex offender, negative reviews from critics, or just general disinterest, there are no shortage of factors to point to for The Predator’s lackluster debut. However, it wasn’t the only film that struggled over the slow mid-September weekend.

Coming off a monstrous opening weekend where it earned $53.5 million — the best opening in the entire Conjuring franchise — The Nun experienced a massive second week drop-off of 66.2%, taking in just $18.2 million (fittingly, the biggest drop-off of any Conjuring film). While that stat is likely not something Warner Bros. wanted to see, the studio has already more than earned back The Nun’s modest $22 million budget, so execs aren’t likely to lose too much sleep over it.

Elsewhere, Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor actually exceeded expectations, landing in third place with $16 million. White Boy Rick, a crime-comedy that had a lot of buzz coming out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, also had an impressive opening, taking in $8.8 million and just nudging Crazy Rich Asians out of fourth place.

Here were the top 10 highest-grossing films domestically for the September 14-16 weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:

  1. The Predator – $24 million
  2. The Nun – $18.2 million
  3. A Simple Favor – $16.05 million
  4. White Boy Rick – $8.8 million
  5. Crazy Rich Asians – $8.7 million
  6. Peppermint – $6.07 million
  7. The Meg – $3.8 million
  8. Searching – $3.2 million
  9. Unbroken: Path to Redemption – $2.35 million
  10. Mission: Impossible – Fallout $2.31 million

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