Can ‘Blade Runner 2049’ fend off newcomers at the box office?

We’re getting closer to Halloween, which means a new horror film should be able to grab the top spot at the box office. That is, unless last week’s champion manages to remain on top. What will happen? Here’s our prediction:

Happy Death Day is saddled with an absolutely horrible title, and embargoed reviews – never a good sign. However, it’s a horror movie that’s opening on Friday the 13th, it’s rated PG-13, which makes it easy for teens to get in to see, and it’s hitting theatres just a few weeks before Halloween. Those factors should give Happy Death Day a solid opening in second place with $18 million.

Also new this week is The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and directed my Martin Campbell. The film has already done well overseas, but Chan’s never really been able to have a big hit on his own in North America. Look for a third place debut with $8 million.

As for the rest of the top five, I’m going to go out on a limb this week, and predict that Blade Runner 2049 will actually maintain its hold on the number one spot. It’s been holding nicely throughout the week, and word of mouth may have an impact and help the film rise above its lacklustre debut last week. Look for a number one showing with $19.5 million.

It will be in fourth place with $6 million, while My Little Pony: The Movie will close things out in fifth with $5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Blade Runner 2049 – $19.5 million
2) Happy Death Day – $18 million
3) The Foreigner – $8 million
4) It – $6 million
5) My Little Pony: The Movie – $5 million

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

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