The crowded Martin Luther King Jr. weekend kicked off last night with previews for a trio of new films and several others that are expanding wide this weekend.
This weekend sees a flurry of expansions into wide release, including Peter Berg's Boston marathon bombing drama Patriots Day, Martin Scorsese's Silence and Ben Affleck's latest directorial outing, Live by Night.
Patriots Day earned $560,000 from 2,000 theaters beginning at 7 p.m. as it expands from seven theaters to 3,120 locations Friday.
According to early tracking, Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, and Hidden Figures will vie for the holiday crown with a four-day tally in the $20 million range. Last weekend, Fox 2000's Hidden Figures landed at No. 1, while Patriots Day from CBS Films and Lionsgate has been scoring strong numbers since its limited Christmas launch.
STX Entertainment's horror thriller The Bye Bye Man earned $400,000 in previews. The PG-13 rated horror thriller, opening on 2,220 screens this weekend, centers on three friends who stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man's most unspeakable acts.
The film, an Intrepid Pictures/Los Angeles Media Fund Production that STX Entertainment co-financed with Los Angeles Media Fund for $7.4 million, is tracking to earn in the $10 million range. It's directed by Stacy Title and stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway.
Paramount's Monster Trucks also is opening wide this weekend. The 3D film, directed by Chris Wedge, stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan and Rob Lowe. It follows a teen who builds a truck, but when an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, he may have found a way to get out of his sleepy town.
Even before it opened, Monster Trucks prompted the studio to take a $115 million write-down.
This weekend's third new release, Open Road's crime drama Sleepless, stars Jamie Foxx and T.I. as a pair of corrupt Las Vegas cops who search for one of their kidnapped sons. The action thriller is helmed by Baran bo Odar.