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Whisper Numbers: F9: The Fast Saga to lead The Boss Baby and The Purge sequels

Universal looks to dominate the July 4th holiday weekend as the studio opens two new wide releases to go along with the current number one film F9: The Fast Saga [FAST9]. The last chapter The Fate of the Furious tumbled 61% in its second weekend, while the spinoff Hobbs & Shaw declined 58%. The holiday weekend may lessen the fall a tad. A 57% drop-off would put F9: The Fast Saga at $30 million through Sunday.

Universal targets the family audience with the animated sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business [BOSS2]. The Boss Baby debuted at a whopping $50.2 million during April 2017. However, some parents are reluctant to bring their unvaccinated kids to theaters, so Universal is also making the PG-rated sequel available to stream on Peacock+. Reviews for the film are as mixed as the original. Playing in 3640 theaters, The Boss Baby: Family Business could bank just $18 million.

Universal debuts another new sequel with The Forever Purge [PURG5], the fifth installment in the dystopian series. Set on the US-Mexican border, the R-rated actioner courts the Latino audience. The last film, The First Purge opened three years ago with $17.4 million, which was down from The Purge: Election Year’s $31.5 million. The franchise is trending downward and The Forever Purge may end up with $13 million from 3051 locations.

The drama Zola [ZOLA] is based on the life of a stripper who told her story in a series of viral tweets. The buzz has been strong since its Sundance debut in 2020. A24 opened the R-rated film on Wednesday and grossed $505K. Zola could net another $2 million over the weekend from 1400 theaters.

After playing a single theater each in LA and NY last weekend, Summer of Soul [SUMOS] expands wide to 752 theaters. With the musical documentary also available on Hulu, Summer of Soul may tally $500K through Sunday.

That’s the whisper from the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): FAST9, BOSS2, PURG5, ZOLA, SUMOS

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