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‘The Predator’ gobbles up competition

September 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES — “The Predator” is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters.

20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters.

But with an $88 million production price tag, the Shane Black-directed installment in the 30-year-old franchise will be looking to international receipts to offset the cost. This weekend, it earned $30.7 million from 72 foreign markets, bringing the global total to $54.7 million.

Domestic audiences were largely male (62 percent) and white (45 percent), and underwhelmed, giving the movie a C+ CinemaScore that echoed the tepid critical response.

Starring Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown and Boyd Holbrook, “The Predator” made headlines just weeks before opening when the studio cut a scene that featured an actor who was a registered sex offender. It did not appear to have affected the film’s box office performance.

BOX OFFICE SALES

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

1. “The Predator,” $24 million

2. “The Nun,” $18.2 million

3. “A Simple Favor,” $16.1

4. “White Boy Rick,” $8.8M

5. “Crazy Rich Asians,” $8.7M

6. “Peppermint,” $6.1 million

7. “The Meg,” $3.8 million

8. “Searching,” $3.2 million

9. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” $2.4 million

10. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $2.3 million

Source: comScore

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