Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ Laughs Way to $1.3 Million at Tuesday Box Office

The Warner Bros. comedy opens wide Wednesday, along with “Deliver Us From Evil” and “Earth to Echo”

“Tammy,” the raunchy comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, got off to a promising start at the box office with $1.3 million in early shows Tuesday night.

McCarthy co-wrote the road trip comedy, which co-stars Susan Sarandon, with her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs. It will be in more than 3,350 theaters on Wednesday and through the July 4 weekend for distributor Warner Bros.

The Sony Screen Gems horror film “Deliver Us From Evil” and Relativity’s kids movie “Earth to Echo” also roll out, but “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is expected to dominate after its $100 million No. 1 opening last weekend. 

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“We’re the Millers,” another R-rated comedy from Warner Bros., laughed its way to $1.7 million when it opened in 2,700 theaters on a Tuesday night last summer.

“Tammy” hasn’t gone over well with the critics, but the studio and analysts believe it will take in more than $40 million this weekend. That would double the production budget for the comedy, which co-stars Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette and Allison Janney.