Saban's Power Rangers dug up $3.6 million Thursday night as Lionsgate's new take on the five teens with morphin' powers began its rollout in theaters. Meanwhile, Sony's space horror-thriller Life earned $800,000 in previews, and Warner Bros.' CHIPs also opens wide this weekend.
Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and follows five teens (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G) in a small town who discover artifacts that allow them to morph into crime-fighting heroes called The Power Rangers. They are tasked with learning to use their new skills in order to save their town from destruction by a power-hungry villain (Elizabeth Banks). Bryan Cranston also star in the film based on the hit TV series that first hit the small screen in the '90s.
The PG-13-rated film is projected to earn $30 million to $40 million in its domestic debut.
Life, starring Jack Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, first debuted at the SXSW Film Festival. It follows a group of scientists on the International Space Station that discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
The Skydance and Sony project, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is tracking to earn $15 million to $20 million in its domestic debut.
Warner Bros.' CHIPs, a new take on the buddy-cop TV series about two California Highway Patrol officers that debuted in the late 1970s, is tracking to earn in the $10 million-$12 million range in its domestic debut. Dax Shepard both directs and stars with Michael Pena in the R-rated action-comedy.
All newcomers are likely to land behind Disney's live-action hit Beauty and the Beast, which had a massive debut weekend with $174.8 million and could earn $80 million or more in its second outing.