“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” will face off with “Ouija: Origin of Evil” and “Boo! A Madea
The new "Jack Reacher" appears to have a slight edge on the competition going into the weekend. The Paramount Pictures followup about a former Army man turned nomadic investigator could gross $20 million or more, according to analysts, though the studio says a $17-million-to-$19-million bow is more likely.
The 2012 original was a robust performer for Paramount. It opened with $15.2 million and eventually grossed $80 million domestically, though it did even better overseas with $138 million in box-office receipts. International sales will be a big focus for the new PG-13-rated movie, which cost $60 million to make and will be released in 40 foreign markets this weekend, including Britain, France and Brazil.
Meanwhile, Perry will again don his signature dress, wig and pearls for the $20-million production “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which should have a respectable showing ahead of the trick-or-treating holiday. Lionsgate is releasing the Madea series’ latest feature, which took its inspiration and title from a joke in
Perry's Madea movies have been reliably profitable for Lionsgate, though the schtick has shown some signs of fatigue recently. The 2013 holiday offering "A Madea Christmas" collected $52 million after opening with a relatively soft $16 million. The studio is conservatively anticipating a debut of roughly $15 million for "Boo!"
Meanwhile, Universal Pictures is hoping to attract a scare-hungry crowd with “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” a followup to 2014's surprise horror hit based on the Hasbro board that lets users communicate with the beyond. Produced by Jason Blum and
Whereas the original "Ouija" was a critically reviled present-day teen thriller, the sequel is set in 1967 Los Angeles and has earned some positive early reviews. The new picture follows a family that runs a scam seance business that turns all-too-real.
All the newcomers will have to contend with last weekend’s victor, “The Accountant,”
Also opening Friday is 20th Century Fox’s action comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” starring
Christian distributor Pure Flix will try to draw the faithful to the multiplex with “I’m Not Ashamed,” based on the story of Rachel Joy Scott, who was killed at the
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