With only 10 days and two weekends left until Halloween, movie makers are scrambling to score big with audiences looking for a fright - and a laugh - ahead of the mischievous holiday.
Tyler Perry's "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" is favored to win a crowded weekend at theaters, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The comedy-horror, released by Lionsgate (LGF.A) , is expected to open to at least $20 million in sales. The first "Boo" movie opened to $28.5 million in October last year. Perry again directs and stars in the sequel, which sees Madea's family vacation at campgrounds haunted by ghosts.
While "Boo" is tipped more toward the comedy side in its comedy horror qualifier, "Snowman" is quite the opposite. The Michael Fassbender-led thriller from Comcast Corp.-owned (CMCSA) Universal and Working Title follows a detective on the tail of a violent serial killer. The film flopped with critics in early releases.
Elsewhere, "Only the Brave" is expected to rake in a modest $7 million in its first weekend. The wildcard from Sony Entertainment Corp. (SNE) and Black Label Media won a seal of approval from Vice President Mike Pence in an advanced screening. The movie tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters who battled the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona.
"Geostorm" is on track to open in the $10 million to $12 million range, but the big-budget flick cost $120 million to produce, plus required $15 million in significant reshoots. The Time Warner Inc.-owned (TWC) Warner Bros. and Skydance Media film is a disaster epic in which the world's fictional climate change control system fails and one satellite engineer has to repair it ahead of - you guessed it, a Geostorm.
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