Tom Cruise’s ‘American Made’ Flies to $960,000 at Thursday Box Office

Sony’s “Flatliners” also debuts this weekend

American Made

Tom Cruise’s “American Made” grossed $960,000 at the Thursday box office from 2,455 theaters starting at 7 p.m.

The Universal film is expected to earn in the low to mid-teens this weekend. In comparison, Cruise’s previous action film, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,”  earned $1.3 million at the previews before grossing $22.8 million its opening weekend. Of course, that film was based on a well-known book and was a sequel.

“American Made” follows a pilot who lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner during the 1980s. It was directed by Doug Liman and also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright and Jesse Plemons.

Should “American Made” earn in the mid-teens, it should place it at the No. 2 spot this weekend behind “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” which is expected to earn around $20 million its second weekend.

Sony is releasing “Flatliners” starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and James Norton. The film did not hold Thursday previews.

‘Flatliners,” directed by Niels Arden Oplev, is about five medical students who are obsessed with what lies beyond life. Therefore, they start experimenting, stopping their hearts for short periods to trigger a near death experience and show them the afterlife.

Other film offerings this weekend include” Steve Carell and Emma Stone’s “Battle of the Sexes,” “Til Death Do Us Part,” “Mark Felt,” “Judwaa 2” and “Youth.”