Smile Box Office clears Lyle, Crocodile and Amsterdam openings – The Hollywood Reporter

Paramount smiles broadly this weekend as its chilling photo, Smile, continues to stay atop the charts on its second release with an expected gross of $16.8 million from 3,659 theaters. That would be a drop of just 26%, one of the best takes ever for the horror genre.

Smile earned $5.4 million Friday from 3,659 theaters, more than enough to edge out Sony’s new family movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which grossed $3.5 million on Friday from 4,350 locations. Sony is forecasting a $12-13 million weekend, but rivals have it at $11 million or less.

As the weekend approaches, most of Hollywood expects Lyle, Lyle, based on the children’s book of the same name, to win the frame, albeit narrowly. The film currently has a critics score of 68% on rotten tomatoesand earned an A-CinemaScore from the audience.

The Weekend Bomb is David O. Russell’s star-studded film amsterdam. The mystery comedy is eyeing a $7 million or less debut from 2005 locations after being skewered by critics. It currently enjoys a review score of 33 on rotten tomatoes, one of the lowest of the filmmaker’s career, starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington. Audiences gave it a slightly better rating, or a B CinemaScore.

The film grossed $2.6 million on Friday to rank No. 3 behind Smile and Lyle, Lyle.

amsterdam is a New Regency movie distributed by Disney. As reviews began to roll in, the follow-up lowered its projection to $10 million, as the film’s target audience – seniors – are more swayed by reviews. However, even this number was bullish.

At one point, bullish box office analysts and exhibitors believed that Lyle, Lyle and amsterdam could both open in mid-teens. It is always possible that the screenings change if Saturday goes differently than expected.

The female king and don’t worry darling should complete the top five, followed by the Avatar reissue.

Contrary to Smile, Brothers is hardly happy with his second weekend. The gay romantic comedy, directed by Nicholas Stoller and Billy Eichner, is expected to come in at number six with just $2.3 million for a 10-day domestic total of $9 million. Eichner took to Twitter last weekend after the film’s fifth-place finish to say homophobia was a major reason for the poor performance.

Elsewhere, the awards box office begins in earnest as Todd Field’s Tar and Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or triangle of sadness opened in select theaters to promising numbers.

From Focus Features and starring Cate Blanchett, Tar is looking to post the weekend’s best localization average of around $37,000 when it launches in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

triangle of sadness, from Neon, opts for a wider aperture footprint of 72 slots. The Woody Harrelson standout is expected to post a whereabouts average of $21,000 or more.

The figures will be updated on Sunday.

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