There’s something for everyone at the July 4th box office.
Universal F9: The quick saga will keep the pedal to the metal in its second weekend with a planned three-day weekend of $ 24 million and $ 33 million for the four-day vacation, according to early estimates on Friday.
To boot, the action photo will cross $ 100 million nationally in record time for the pandemic era and $ 500 million globally.
Universal dominates the marquee all around, offering two new films in addition to F9: the sequel to DreamWorks Animation The Boss Baby: family business and the R-rated dystopian horror photo The purge forever, a perennial July 4th favorite and the fifth installment in Blumhouse’s hit dystopian franchise.
boss baby 2 – which also debuts and dates on Peacock – is planning a three-day box office opening of $ 20 million and $ 26 million for the four-day vacation. While that’s well below the $ 50 million in the hit debut of 2017, Universal thinks the family fare has long legs. And while critics didn’t like the photo, audiences gave it an A CinemaScore (the former received an A-).
The continuation of the first Boss Baby, a sleeper, meets the Templeton brothers, voiced by Alec Baldwin. They have now grown up and moved away from each other. One is a married and stay-at-home father; the other, a CEO of a hedge fund. But a new baby boss with a cutting edge approach and a positive attitude is about to bring them together again and inspire a new business.
New additions to the series include Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, and Amy Sedaris, who voices the new baby. Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel reprise the roles of parents of the Templeton boys.
The purge forever is aiming for a third day end with $ 13 million and $ 16 million, respectively.
Directed by Everardo Gout, The purge forever takes place on the Texan side of the border with Mexico, where arbitrary borders become physical walls and a gun rights fetish amplifies the dangers of being an unwanted visitor.
July 4th has historically been a lucrative hallway for cinema and usually sports a huge new tent pole. This year’s numbers will be lower than usual due to the ongoing box office recovery. Top Gun: Maverick was scheduled to helm the 2021 fireworks display, but Paramount chose to push the Tom Cruise sequel back to the fall.
Paramount will always be a part of the holiday parade with A Quiet Place, Part II, followed by Sony Peter Rabbit 2: The Fugue in fifth place.
At the specialty box office, A24 opens up the Sundance 2020 sensation Zola in 1,468 theaters (in pre-pandemic times it likely would have debuted in New York and Los Angeles, but this practice has been questioned).
Zola, which opens Wednesday, is set to earn at least $ 2.5 million for more over the six days, one of the best performances for an independent since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Its gross until Friday was $ 1.2 million.
Taylour Paige and Riley Keough star in the acclaimed film, an odyssey through the flesh trade in Florida based on a woman’s epic rant on Twitter that went viral in 2015.