‘Rings’ looks to scare ‘Split’ from the top of the box office

A new instalment in a horror franchise enters the fray this weekend. Will it find an audience or fail like others before it? Here’s our prediction:

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Rings is the third entry into a franchise that began back in 2002 with The Ring. At the time, the film, about a haunted video tape that killed its viewers seven days after watching its contents, was a fairly big hit at the time, but that was 15 years ago and its fair to say few have been clamouring for a new instalment. Rings hasn’t been screened in advance for critics, and that’s never a good sign. On that note, look for a second place debut with $11.5 million.

As for the rest of the top five, Split should continue at the top of the box office with $15 million. A Dog’s Purpose will be in third place with $9 million. Hidden Figures will be right behind it in fourth place with $8.5 million, while La La Land will close things out in fifth place with $7 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Split – $15 million
2) Rings – $11.5 million
3) A Dog’s Purpose – $9 million
4) Hidden Figures – $8.5 million
5) La La Land – $7 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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