Cry VI scares a better series opening of $43.5 million in 3,675 theaters at the domestic box office after starting Friday with an estimated $19.3 million, including $5.7 million in Thursday previews .
The film – which is earning strong releases and received a B+ CinemaScore – will easily win over the weekend, thanks to moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 34.
The last Shout The film, released in January 2022, opened to $30 million domestically in an impressive showing for the pandemic era. The franchise’s biggest North American start belongs to the 2000s Cry 3 ($34.7 million), not adjusted for inflation.
Cry VI, which cost $33 million before market, follows the survivors of last year’s installment as they leave Woodsboro for New York. Unfortunately, the menacing killer Ghostface isn’t far behind. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who run Radio Silence Productions with Chad Villella, returned to direct.
Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere and Courteney Cox star alongside franchise newbies Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra and Samara Weaving.
MGM and Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III will come in second with an estimated second year grossing $26.8 million from 4,007 locations for a respectable 54% drop and enough to cross the $100 million mark in just 10 days at the domestic box office. The film made $7.5 million on Friday.
Both Cry VI And Creed III trample all over Sony’s sci-fi dinosaur photo 65, which is eyeing a $10-11 million third-place finish in 3,405 theaters after being beaten by poor reviews and a C+ CinemaScore. The elevated genre pic grossed around $4.5 million on Friday. (All three films compete for young moviegoers, though Creed III plays a little older.)
Directed by A silent place writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods65 stars Adam Driver as an astronaut who crash-lands on a mysterious planet, only to find he’s been abandoned on Earth 65 million years ago. With only one chance for salvation, Mills and the only other survivor, played by Ariana Greenblatt, must traverse an uncharted landscape infested with dinosaurs and other dangerous prehistoric beasts in a fight for survival.
Sony’s pic cost $45 million and was co-funded by Bron Studios and TSG. It earned $1.2 million in previews.
The third domestic release this weekend is Focus Features’ heartwarming sports comedy Champions, starring Woody Harrelson as a minor league basketball coach who is sentenced by the court to manage a team of disabled players. The film is based on the 2018 award-winning Spanish film champreleased by Universal Pictures International.
Champions earned an A CinemaScore and is eyeing a weekend gross of $5 million after earning $1.8 million on Friday. More than 60% of ticket buyers were over 35, with 21% over 55. The film, screened in 3,030 theaters, is aiming for seventh place.