While The Lion King will remain the No. 1 film this weekend with industry estimates projecting a $95 million second frame, it would not be a shocker if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood turns out to be Tarantino’s biggest weekend opener of all time with around $40M. Tracking has the director’s love letter to his 1969 Los Angeles childhood in the low $30Ms. For Sony, even if the film comes out of the gate slow, the hope is that it legs out to Labor Day, and beyond.
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Tarantino’s biggest opening to date at the domestic box office is Inglourious Basterds, which opened to $38M on August 21, 2009 and ended at $120.5M. After that, it’s Django Unchained, which made $30.1M over three days in a six-day $63.4M opening.
Word is that the 70MM showtimes at the Hollywood Arclight (whose Cinerama Dome makes a cameo in the film) are going fast for tomorrow night’s show. Previews start tomorrow at 4 PM in 3,300 locations.
To celebrate the release, Fandango is launching today a movie map of the Once Upon a Time L.A. locations, and Fandango’s streaming service FandangoNOW will also release a curated playlist of movies that Tarantino screened for his staff at The New Beverly Cinema as inspiration for the film.