'The Predator' chews up the competition, tops box office with $24M

'The Predator' chews up the competition, tops box office with $24M

September 16, 2018 0 By admin

Lindsey Bahr

The Associated Press

Published 12:05 PM EDT Sep 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES – “The Predator” is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters.

The film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Starring Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook, Shane Black’s “The Predator,” the latest installment in the franchise, cost $88 million to produce. The film found itself in a casting controversy when 20th Century Fox cut a scene starring a registered sex offender.

Second place went to the “Conjuring” spinoff “The Nun,” which added $18.2 million in its second weekend. The horror movie has now grossed more than $85 million.

“A Simple Favor” opened close behind in third place with $16.1 million. The film from director Paul Feig stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

Fourth and fifth places are neck and neck. Studios estimates say Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick,” with $8.8 million, has a slight advantage over “Crazy Rich Asians” with $8.7 million.

Final numbers are expected Monday.

Contributing: Kim Willis

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