Disney’s “Christopher Robin” grossed $1.5 million in previews on Thursday night, on its way to an estimated $30 million opening weekend.
“Christopher Robin” stars Ewan McGregor as a man whose childhood stuffed Pooh Bear revisits him after he becomes a beleaguered man whose relationship with his wife and daughter has fallen apart thanks to increasing work responsibilities.
The film, directed by Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland”), currently holds a score of 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” is expected to go head-to-head with “Christopher Robin,” with both films looking at a similar weekend gross after the sixth film in Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible” franchise opened to $61 million last weekend.
Mila Kunis’ and Kate McKinnon’s comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” is also opening this weekend after grossing $950,000 in previews. It’s looking at an opening weekend in the low-teens.
In the film, Kunis and McKinnon are forced to become spies when one of Kunis’ ex-boyfriends drags them into his mess. The Lionsgate release holds a score of 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Finally, there is Fox’s “The Darkest Minds,” which grossed $550,000 from 2,575 locations on Thursday. The film is the live-action directorial debut of “Kung Fu Panda 3” co-director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
Based on the YA novel by Alexandra Bracken, the film stars Amandla Stenberg as the leader of a group of kids with psychic powers, who are among the two percent of children who survived a pandemic that killed off the rest of the world’s youth population.