BOX OFFICE: Ho Ho Hoarding for “Violent Night” Projected $11.8 Million Opening

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Violent Night : With a second place domestic chart debut, “Violent Night” is spreading some holiday cheer, but Santa and his reindeer won’t be able to sleigh the current box office champion “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”.Follow For More UPdates Blingsnews

A rough estimate for the opening weekend of Universal’s action movie, which stars David Harbour as a cantankerous Kris Kringle who battles a group of mercenaries, is $11.8 million from 3,682 locations. That’s a respectable outcome for the $20 million 87North production, which operated on a tight budget.

“Violent Night,” which was directed by Tommy Wirkola, received average reviews from critics but received a more favourable “B+” rating from the research company Cinema Score, suggesting strong support from moviegoers. The movie “throws every genre it can into the compactor, but that may prove to be a winning holiday smorgasbord,” according to Variety’s Owen Gleiberman. Having a strong base on which to develop, “Violent Night” may find itself in a good position going forward, attracting perhaps seasonally amused viewers looking to show some Christmas enthusiasm throughout the month.

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The movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is currently ruling the box office. The superhero sequel increased its already huge domestic total to $380 million on Friday with an additional $4.4 million. It’s highly possible that “Wakanda Forever” will surpass $400 million at the box office, making it just the third movie this year to do so in North America.

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The sequel to “Black Panther” will then aim to surpass “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” another Marvel film that peaked in the summer with $411 million and is currently the second-highest-grossing domestic release of the year. Beyond that, a performance comparable to the first “Black Panther” ($700 million) is unlikely.

This weekend, “Top Gun: Maverick,” the former box office champion, will also be back in theatres thanks to Paramount’s re-release of the Tom Cruise sequel through December 15. The movie, which is currently available for home viewing, isn’t exactly making a splash; it hopes to earn $600,000 this weekend.

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In its second tour, Disney’s “Strange World” is collapsing. On Friday, the animated adventure brought in $1.08 million, which is around 79% less than its daily total from the previous week. That comes after the movie had a disastrous $18.6 million five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening, which was a poor performance for a $180 million release. When all is said and done, “Strange World” could cost Disney up to $100 million because its domestic total is currently $21 million.

“The Menu” by Searchlight is holding strong, with projections for a third-weekend decline of just 36%. On Friday, the movie brought in $1.04 million, bringing its domestic total to $22.2 million. The culinary horror-comedy is one of the few niche films to have found a theatre audience recently, though its genre bent probably helped a bit in stoking interest.

According to projections, Sony’s aviation action movie “Devotion” will come in fifth with a weekend take of $2.8 million. Through Sunday, the domestic total is expected to be $13.8 million, which is a long way from covering the movie’s $90 million production cost.

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