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Whisper Numbers: Jungle Cruise charts a course through COVID resurgence

Disney hopes to launch another franchise based on its theme park ride with Jungle Cruise [JUNGC]. Dwayne Johnson stars as a river boat captain and Emily Blunt as a scientist searching for a mythical tree. The $200 million adventure film was delayed for a year due to the COVID pandemic, but now it opens with the delta variant surging in the U.S.. Those who don’t want to patronize theaters can watch Jungle Cruise at home on Disney+ for an additional $30. The day-n-date release no doubt cannibalized on Black Widow’s theatrical debut 3 weeks ago. How much will it affect the PG-13 rated family-friendly period adventure? Booked in 4310 theaters, Jungle Cruise may ford $29.5 million.

Despite its surprise win last weekend, Old [OLD] received poor marks from its audience. The thriller could decay nearly 60% in its second weekend to $7.0 million.

Black Widow [BWDOW] looks to hold the third spot with around $6.5 million in its fourth weekend.  Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins [GIJO3] may tumble 55% in its sophomore session to $6 million.

The Green Knight [GRNKN] stars Dev Patel as Sir Gawain of King Arthur’s court. Directed by David Lowery, the R-rated fantasy adventure from A24 has earned rave reviews. Showing in 2500 theaters, The Green Knight could bring in $5.0 million.

Matt Damon toplines Stillwater [STLWT] as an American fish-out-of-the-water in France. The R-rated thriller has mostly positive reviews, though Focus may have trouble finding an audience. Will Blue State moviegoers watch Damon as a Trumper? Will Red State moviegoers watch Damon in Europe not as Jason Bourne? Stillwater may stir up $4.9 million from 2513 locations.

That’s the whisper from the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): JUNGC, OLD, BWDOW, GIJO3, GRNKN, STLWT

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