Jackie Chan’s ‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall,’ and ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ also open this weekend.
Happy Death Day took in $1 million in Thursday-night previews at 2,450 theaters at the North American box office.
The Universal horror pic, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon and rated PG-13, the pre-Halloween movie rolls out in 3,149 theaters this weekend and is predicted to open in the $15 million to $20 million range.
Happy Death Day‘s showing beat the initial debut of the most recent horror movie that opened before Halloween and wasn’t part of an existing franchise: Ouija, which earned $911,000 in Thursday-night screenings on a pre-Halloween weekend in 2014.
STXfilms’ action-thriller The Foreigner earned an estimated $775,000 in Thursday-night showings. Opening in 2,515 theaters this weekend, the Martin Campbell-directed movie stars Jackie Chan as a former military operative who comes out of retirement when his teenage daughter is killed in a politically motivated terrorist attack. He’s forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. It’s expected to open in the low- to mid-teen millions.
Marshall and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, targeting older adults, also launch nationwide this weekend, but are opting for a far smaller rollout. Both films are expected to gross $3 million-$5 million.
Produced by Studio 6 and distributed by Annapurna, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women goes out in 1,229 theaters. Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the real-life drama recounts how an American psychologist created the fictional character Wonder Woman. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote star.
In Open Road’s Marshall, Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history who, as a young NAACP lawyer, reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. Reginald Hudlin directed the drama, which rolls out in 821 locations. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell also star.
Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight debuts its A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, and Bleecker Street releases Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.