“Patriots Day,” the new
But both will face heavy competition from Oscar favorite "La La Land" as the modern-day musical tries to convert critical accolades into commercial success.
"Patriots Day," which follows the fatal bombing itself and the ensuing manhunt, is the latest collaboration between Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who also made the 2013 heartland military hit "Lone Survivor" and last year's oil-spill disaster movie, "Deepwater Horizon." The new movie has played well in limited release since its Dec. 21 debut, scoring $870,000 from seven theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. The film cost $40 million to make, counting a production rebate.
It should defeat a crop of newcomers including Ben Affleck's "Live By Night" and horror flick "The Bye Bye Man." However, it remains to be seen if it can beat a strong lineup of holdovers.
"La La Land," from Lionsgate, is expected to get a boost from its record-setting seven Golden Globe Awards wins Sunday night as it expands to more theaters, including 100 Imax screens. The feel-good, Los Angeles-set musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has grossed $51.8 million so far in the U.S. and Canada.
Additionally, “Hidden Figures,” from 20th Century
Lucasfilm-Disney's "Rogue One" will also remain a player, adding to its massive $477-million total. The "Star Wars" film will soon pass "Finding Dory's" $486-million domestic tally to become the highest grossing blockbuster of 2016.
Meanwhile, “Live By Night," written and directed by and starring Affleck, will expand nationwide Friday following its limited run. Based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, the
“The Bye Bye Man,” the latest from STX Entertainment, follows a group of college friends who must face an unspeakable evil. Targeting the Friday the 13th release date, the $7.4-million supernatural thriller is expected to open with roughly $10 million in ticket sales. “Sleepless,” a
“Silence,” about two 17th century priests (Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield) who journey to Japan to find their mentor (
Paramount's "Monster Trucks" is expected to be the big flop of the weekend, given its production cost. The $125-million movie about a teenager whose truck is inhabited by a tentacled, computer-animated monster, is headed for a weak $8-million to $10-million debut. The studio's parent company Viacom has already announced it will take a $115-million writedown for a movie widely thought to be the long-delayed "Monster Trucks."