The Marvel Studios film starring
That would be more than enough to again claim No. 1, leaving "The Great Gatsby" to settle for the runner-up position. Baz Luhrmann's 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s classic novel is poised to debut with a solid $45 million. (
Beyond this weekend, "Gatsby" could get a boost because it will be the opening-night movie at the
"I think [the Cannes premiere] will breathe a different kind of life into the domestic play," Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll told The Times in March. "This is a film for the entire summer, not just for opening weekend or the weekend after."
The film has not received overwhelmingly positive reviews. On Thursday morning, it had only notched a 39% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite the mixed reviews, audience interest in the picture heading into the weekend remains strong. Fandango reported that as of 10 a.m. PDT Thursday, "Gatsby" represented 65% of the day's ticket sales. The film was "tracking to be one of our biggest non-franchise advance ticket-sellers," Fandango President Paul Yanover said.
So far, female moviegoers appear to be most interested in the movie, but it is also generating strong buzz among African American.
"Peeples," which features a predominantly black ensemble cast including
However, throwing Perry's name into the film's credits doesn't look like it'll have much of an impact on the picture's gross. In fact, the poorly reviewed movie could have the lowest debut ever for a film associated with the prolific writer-director-actor. Currently, that record goes to "Daddy's Little Girls," which launched with $11.2 million in 2007.
"Peeples" centers around a family reunion interrupted by the news of a couple's surprise engagement. Fortunately for Lionsgate, the studio didn't spend much to produce "Peeples," which had a budget of around $15 million.