The Predator claimed the top spot at the US box office over the weekend with a modest $24 million. That number might be in line with Predators $24.7 million debut back in 2010. However, Shane Black's movie cost more than twice as much to make with its $88 million price tag.
Previous reports indicated an opening weekend in the $30-32 million neighborhood, but once the mixed reviews came pouring out, that estimate got swiftly revised. The movie made the headlines for all the wrong reasons when co-star Olivia Munn revealed that one of her scenes had been cut as it features a registered sex offender who was also an old friend of director Shane Black. 20th Century Fox cut the scene in question, and Black issued a statement. I know the weekly box office roundup is usually a more light-hearted read, but given the seriousness of the situation, I feel it is important to put Shane Black's statement here in full.
“Having read this morning’s news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction,” Black’s new statement reads. “I believe strongly in giving people second chances – but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped.
After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel’s sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologise to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.”
The Predator is better than the last attempt at a reboot and both those AvP things that happened, Shane Black has delivered a fun action flick. That said, it is precisely what you'd expect from a Predator movie (aside from a bonkers third-act), and it doesn't make good use of a great ensemble cast. For more musings on The Predator, you can read our spoilers free review right here.
The Nun had a steep drop in her second weekend with an estimated $18 million. After just over a week in cinemas, the latest spin-off from The Conjuring universe has generated almost $230 million worldwide. Paul Feig's black comedy A Simple Favour took third place with $16 million and the Matthew McConaughey led crime thriller White Boy Rick took fourth place with $8.8 million.
Finally, there were milestones galore for some of the summer holdouts with The Meg, and Hotel Transylvania 3 both hitting worldwide totals of $500 million. Mission Impossible Fallout continues its incredible run and has become the highest grossing entry both worldwide and domestically. Generating a massive $216 million in the US, Fallout has now surpassed M: I 2 with the $215 million it made back in 2000.