The "Cup" by M. Night Shyamalan is on track for a solid debut with an estimated $ 48 million for the four-day weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.
A sequel to "Unbreakable" of 2000 and "Split" of 2017, Universal's superhero thriller should generate about $ 41 million from 3,841 national locations during the period from Friday to Sunday. The estimates are slightly below the forecasts of previous badysts, who had placed it in the range of $ 50 million or higher. It earned $ 16 million on Friday, including $ 3.7 million on Thursday's gains.
Despite possibly lower than expected debut, "Glbad" could still become one of the highest MLK weekend releases. The record has the "American Sniper" of 2015, which raised $ 107.2 million in its debut. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's "Ride Along" are currently in second place with $ 48.6 million in 2014.
Shyamalan directed the film from his own script, and presents the original stars of the Eastrail 177 trilogy, including Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. Critics have not been thrilled with the movie; he has 35% of Rotten Tomatoes with a B CinemaScore, although his audience score is somewhat more encouraging with 78%.
Perhaps a surprise contender in the top five is "Dragon Ball Super: Broly" by Funimation Films, which is heading for a strong debut of $ 9 million through Monday from just 470 sites in North America. The film, which should fall in the fourth or fifth place, is the 20th in the series "Dragon Ball" and the first to use the title "Dragon Ball Super". It was launched in December in Japan and has so far totaled $ 57 million overseas, while its US debut on January 16 has already earned it $ 10 million. The film has been well reviewed by critics and stands at 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Meanwhile, "The Upside" by Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart will likely take second place with approximately $ 17 million for the four-day weekend and $ 14 million for the three days. That would take your gross domestic to $ 46 million through Monday. Directed by Neil Burger for STX Films, the comedy drama is a remake of the 2011 French film "The Intouchables," with Hart as a recently released convict who is hired to help a paralyzed billionaire (Cranston).
On its way to a respectable third place is Warner Bros. "Aquaman" with an estimated $ 12 million through Monday ($ 10 million through Sunday). The blockbuster superhero starring Jason Momoa has won $ 743 million abroad and $ 294 million nationally for a total of $ 1,037 billion.
Sony's "A Dog's Way Home" program should complete the top five with a four-day estimate of $ 9.6 million and $ 7.2 million for all three days. So far, the film has generated $ 14 million nationally with an additional $ 1.7 million abroad.