The decks have been reshuffled at the box office as moviegoers are favoring Columbia and Annapurna’s R-rated animated comedy “Sausage Party” more than prognosticators initially expected.
Featuring Seth Rogen as the voice of a grocery store weiner dog, the film is expected to come in higher than $30 million by the end of its debut weekend, easily making it the highest grossing debut ever for an R-rated animated movie. It will dwarf previous record holder “Team America,” which opened to only $12.1 million in 2004.
“Sausage Party,” which brought in $13.5 million from Friday screenings held in 3,103 locations, is also on track to beat “Planes,” which opened at $22 million, to become the highest August opening for an animated film.
Its current Rotten Tomatoes score is a strong 82 percent, though its CinemaScore is only a B, gaging fan anticipation among those surveyed.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. tentpole film “Suicide Squad” is set to win the weekend with $45 million, downgraded by roughly $5 million compared to estimates from earlier in the week.
Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” is also getting downgraded and is expected to come in with little more than $21 million, down from earlier predictions of more than $25 million. The movie, featuring Bryce Dallas Howard and relative newcomer Oakes Fegley, made $7 million during Friday screenings held at 3,702 locations.
The live-action remake of the 1977 film has an 86 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a solid A rating on CinemaScore.
Paramount’s warmly reviewed Meryl Streep dramedy “Florence Foster Jenkins” made $2 million from 1,528 screens on Friday and is expected to end its opening weekend with $6 million. Directed by Stephen Frears, its current Rotten Tomatoes score is 88 percent, and its CinemaScore is A-.
51 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From 'Captain America: Civil War' to 'Sausage Party' (Photos)
"Captain America: Civil War" (May 6)
The Avengers are back in the third standalone film for "Captain America," in which political pressure to register superheroes with the government divides the team.
The documentary features actors and extras from the "Star Wars" franchise as they remember their times on set and talk about how the making of the films affected their lives. Derek Lyons, Anthony Forrest and Laurie Goode all make appearances.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney reunite once again in this story about a business network TV host and his producer who face a tough situation when an armed investor seizes their studio.
"The Lobster" (May 13)
Single denizens of The City in this film's dystopian future must find a romantic partner within 45 days, or they're transformed into beasts and sent into the Woods. Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star.
"Dheepan" (May 13)
After winning the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the drama will be released in the U.S. by IFC/Sundance Selects. It deals with a former soldier, a young woman and a child who pose as a family to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka.
"Search Party" (May 13)
"Silicon Valley" stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch reteam alongside Adam Pally in this comedy about two friends who go on a mission to reunite their friend with the woman he was supposed to marry.
Directed by Shane Black, this period detective film starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling will hit theaters in May. In the movie, the two must work together to find a missing girl and solve the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
"Weiner" (May 20)
The documentary that disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner now regrets granting access, follows his 2013 mayoral bid which ended in a now infamous sexting scandal.
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"Holy Hell" (May 20)
Twenty years in the making, this documentary goes inside The Buddha Field, a cult formed in the 1980s in West Hollywood, California. Filmmaker Will Allen is a former member of the sect who uses archival footage to tell the story of its charismatic leader, who forced members to perform sex acts, get abortions and undergo plastic surgery, often using hypnotherapy.
Adam Sandler signed a four-picture production with Netflix, and "The Do-Over," costarring David Spade, is his second entry, following last year's "Ridiculous Six." In the film, the two decide to fake their own deaths in order to start over with new identities.
Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star in the on-screen adaptation of Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel, in which a small town girl becomes the caretaker of a disabled man. Improbably, they fall in love.
"The Bye Bye Man" (June 3)
The horror film was most recently moved from October, and follows three college students who move into a house off campus to discover a supernatural entity called the Bye Bye Man. They must save each other while keeping the entity’s existence a secret from others. It cleared the date for Ben Affleck‘s “The Accountant.”
"The Conjuring 2" (June 10)
The sequel to 2013's "The Conjuring" welcomes back Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as they try to help a single mother whose house is plagued by demons.
A young surfer (Blake Lively) finds herself stranded on a small rock off shore after she's attacked by a great white shark in this horror movie. She'll spend the majority of it failing to return to land.
"The BFG" (July 1)
The on-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's famous novel of the same name is finally hitting the big screen, with Oscar-winner Mark Rylance starring as the big friendly giant. Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall and Ruby Barnhill also star.
"The Purge" films have performed consistently well at the box office despite their low budgets. This third installment in the franchise focuses on a presidential contender who vows to eliminate the annual Purge.
A mother tries to save her children from a malicious force of the darkness; the same that haunted her when she was a little girl. Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman star.
"Absolutely Fabulous" (July 22) “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” is officially heading to the big screen, based on the cult BBC series that first aired from 1992 to 1995. Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks, “AbFab” followed Edina Monsoon (Saunders), a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who spent her time chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and “hip.”
"Star Trek Beyond" (July 22)
The voyagers of the Starship Enterprise Redux are back, and this time they face a new threat on a planet the Federation has never seen before. Idris Elba joins the returning ensemble cast led by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
One of the most anticipated films of the year pulls together our favorite DC villains like the Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Boomerang to form a team of supervillains forced to do the government's bidding. The David Ayer-directed film stars Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jared Leto.
Disney remade the 1977 live action film of the same name, casting Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, and Oakes Fegley as Pete. The film is about an orphaned boy and his best friend, who just happens to be a dragon.
At the height of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, two partying young entrepreneurs land an arms deal with the government worth hundreds of millions. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star.
"Southside with You" (August 19)
A smash hit at this year’s Sundance, Richard Tanne’s romantic dramedy looks at the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama. Patrick Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star.
"Don't Breathe" (August 26)
Three teen thieves who steal from the rich decide to go for one last heist at the house of a wealthy, blind war veteran. Just one problem: he can hear them breathing, and he’s armed and dangerous. Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang star.
"Hands of Stone" (August 26)
Edgar Ramirez will lace up the gloves to play Roberto Duran, the legendary Panamanian boxer who KO’d Sugar Ray Leonard and became champion in four weight classes. Robert De Niro and Usher also star.
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