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 took in $500,000.
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 stars 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. Its seven-day tally is $228.6 million domestically as of Friday morning.