A trio of smaller films open nationwide this weekend — including Jason Reitman’s ‘Tully’ — as the major Hollywood studios continue to avoid going up against the Disney-Marvel juggernaut.
Pity any film going up against Avengers: Infinity War.
The Disney and Marvel superhero tentpole is slotted to earn north of $100 million to $125 million in its sophomore weekend after opening to a record-breaking $257.7 million domestically and $640.5 million globally last weekend. On Friday or Saturday, Infinity War will become the fastest film in history to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
The other major Hollywood studios continue to hold off unfurling their big summer pics because of Infinity War. Instead, the three new titles opening this weekend are smaller movies targeting specific audiences.
MGM and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films will bow the remake Overboard in roughly 1,500 theaters. Popular Mexican star Eugenio Derbez stars in the romantic comedy, which is tracking to earn $10 million to $15 million in its debut.
Derbez, whose credits include the box-office hit How to Be a Latin Lover, stars opposite Anna Faris in Overboard, a comedy about a working-class single mom who is hired to clean the yacht of a rich playboy, only to be unjustly fired. After Derbez’s character falls overboard and awakens with a bad case of amnesia, he’s duped into thinking he is Faris’ character’s husband and put to work.
Focus Features and director Jason Reitman’s Tully, starring Charlize Theron, will go after the specialty crowd when rolling out in approximately 1,300 cinemas. The comedy is a reunion for Theron, Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, who worked together on 2011’s Young Adult.
Tully stars Theron as a mother of three, including a newborn, who forms a unique bond with a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) gifted by her rich brother (Mark Duplass). The pic, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has sparked controversy in some quarters for its depiction of postpartum depression.
Tully, which is rated R, is tracking to open between $3 million and $4 million.
The weekend’s third new nationwide offering is Bad Samaritan, directed by Dean Devlin. The horror-thriller marks the first wide release from Devlin’s distribution venture, Electric Entertainment, in association with Vertical Entertainment.
Bad Samaritan stars David Tennant as a low-level hustler caught up in a nefarious kidnapping plot. Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero and Jacqueline Byers also star.
New movies opening at the specialty box office include Magnolia and Participant Media’s RBG, a documentary about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.