Will Critical Acclaim Translate To A Large Opening For ‘The Invisible Man’?

This weekend should prove to be an interesting one, with a critically acclaimed horror film entering theatres at a time when other genre films haven’t been performing well.

Of course, there’s a big difference between what critics are saying about The Invisible Man (91% at Rotten Tomatoes) and say, Fantasy Island (10%). Clearly, there’s a significant difference in quality. Anticipation for the film, a new take on the classic Universal Monster starring Elisabeth Moss, is high and matched with the solid reviews, we could see a decent debut for The Invisible Man. However, here’s where it gets tricky, because a film like Doctor Sleep, which was also acclaimed and theoretically anticipated, underperformed in theatres. Plus, the previous Universal Monster reboot, The Mummy, was a failure commercially and critically, which could reverberate here, even though the connections are tenuous at best. I doubt we’ll see the same audience rejection happen here, but I’m also doubtful we’re looking at a blockbuster.  Look for a first place debut for The Invisible Man but at a modest $23 million.

As for the rest of the top five, The Call Of The Wild will be in second place with $16 million. Sonic The Hedgehog will be right behind it in third place with $15 million. Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey will be in fourth place with $4 million, while Bad Boys For Life will close things out in fifth place with $3 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) The Invisible Man – $23 million
2) The Call Of The Wild – $16 million
3) Sonic The Hedgehog – $15 million
4) Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey – $4 million
5) Bad Boys For Life – $3 million

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

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