“A Bad Moms Christmas” earned $2.6 million at the Wednesday previews from 3,615 locations.
Getting a one-day jump ahead of “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Bad Moms Christmas” had been projected to earn in the $22 million to $25 million range for the five-day weekend. However, Wednesday previews indicate that the film is looking at an opening in the high teens instead.
Its predecessor “Bad Moms” grossed $23.8 million opening weekend and has since grossed $113 million domestically.
So far, reviews have been mixed. While there is no Rotten Tomatoes score available, Metacritic pits the film at 41 points out of 100.
“Bad Moms Christmas” stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. This time around, the three ladies rebel against expectations of having the perfect holiday while hosting their three mothers, who are played by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon.
The R-rated film was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who did the original “Bad Moms” as well. Suzanne Todd produced.
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“Bad Moms Christmas” will face stiff competition this weekend when Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” opens on Friday. It is expected to earn more than $100 million its opening weekend, well ahead of its two predecessors.
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston return as Thor and Loki, who team up to fight the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo and Idris Elba also star.
The film scored a 96 percent fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, the best rating for a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ahead of “Iron Man” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”