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Updated: The Predator’s Box Office Takings Drop 76% On Second Friday

Update 24th September – Per Box Office Mojo, the Domestic total now sits at $40,435,122 and $54,539,316 outside of the States, taking the Worldwide earnings to $94, 974, 438 and has now taken in more than its reported budget. 

Amidst mixed reviews and the Steven Striegel scandal, The Predator debuted on the lower end of expectations with $24 million for the weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has only grossed $31,735,122 domestically so far which is  a slightly worse opening 8 day week than Predators’ which took $35,457,190.

The film only earned $2.45 million on it’s second Friday which according to Forbes is a 76% drop in takings. They are also projecting an $8 million weekend and $39.735m ten-day total. The Predator has also taken in $35,742,004 outside of the States, taking the film’s worldwide earnings to $69,927,126.

20th Century Fox’s The Predator took a huge 76% dive on Friday, earning just $2.45 million on its second Friday. That positions the $88m Shane Black-directed movie for an $8m (-68%) weekend and $39.735m ten-day cume. Its drop is right in line with Alien: Covenant (-80%) and Predators (-79%) on their second Fridays. General audiences didn’t care about another Predator movie and the hardcore fans showed up last weekend. The poor reviews, the whole “don’t hire a registered sex offender without telling anyone” scandal and the wealth of other options did this one in. If I were Skydance and Paramount, I’d be very nervous about that Terminator reboot.

 The Predator's Box Office Takings Drop 76% On Second Friday

Last year’s Alien: Covenant had a similar steep drop off, despite generally more positive critical reviews at the time. Predators also suffered a 79% drop for its second weekend. All three movies suffered from some very negative word of mouth.

Unfortunately it’s not looking likely that the film will recoup it’s $88 million budget domestically. I don’t think it would reaching to say that those two sequels that John Davis previously spoke of aren’t looking like a possibility.

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  1. Xiggz456
    See I think the 88 mil includes reshoots. Based on how Predators did, Fox most likely gave Shane an initial budget of 65 mil. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the additional reshoots took money that was budgeted for advertising and promotion as I didn’t see a ton of advertising for the film. It’s all speculation though as Hollywood will never give us an itemized ledger of the entire cost of a film.
  2. Wysps
    This. Granted, anything is possible, however if I were to hazard a guess, I’d say that we’re safe from The Predator Killer. Still wish I knew what exactly happened with Rodriguez and the sequel - like anything other than the whole “less than desired numbers” for Predators.
  3. Kailem
    If Predators didn't do well enough to warrant a direct follow-up (despite Robert Rodriguez mentioning that Fox had talked about wanting one at the time) then no way The Predator will get one either.
  4. Johnny Handsome
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Trust me, it won't do those numbers in France  :laugh:
    My estimates are possible, those are numbers based on past Predator movies, if you compare Predators to The Predator international Boxoffice, they are roughly the same, with some countries outperforming past revenues by far (In Mexico it already did over twice as much as Predators, it also did more in Russia and Thailand, just to name a few).

    It's very likely France will be no exception and it will do a little more than Predators, which would be 4 - 5 million. We'll see.
  5. BigDaddyJohn
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Trust me, it won't do those numbers in France  :laugh:
  6. CityhunterinPhilly
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Hopefully not profitable enough for them to move forward with a sequel to The Predator.

    Just enough to see something new (again...).

    Exactly!
  7. Johnny Handsome
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Hopefully not profitable enough for them to move forward with a sequel to The Predator.

    Just enough to see something new (again...).
    Definitely no direct sequel to The Predator, but likely a sequel with a new incursion and plot in a couple of years, so in line with the others.

    I smile everytime someone says "Predator is done"... it truly is not, the possibilities and storys are endless with the character, it's one of the advantages of not having the franchise connected to a single character, also the character is so versatile, the variations and costumes, weapons, armour... you can start fresh with every sequel and still have it play in the same sandbox.

    I'm pretty damn happy that i get the chance to visit my favourite movie monster every couple of years in a real movie theater.

    Compare it to other monster/Sci-fi franchises over the years, just a couple that pop up in my mind:

    Tremors --> Direct to DvD
    Pumpkinhead --> Direct to DvD --> Dead
    Starship Troopers --> Direct to DvD
    Critters --> Direct to DvD --> Dead
    X-Tro --> Direct to DvD --> Dead
    The Thing --> Dead

    Predator is actually doing pretty good, in comparison. The fans are still there, and while it's not doing Blockbuster numbers, there is still money to be made.
  8. goose_3387
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Hopefully not profitable enough for them to move forward with a sequel to The Predator.

    Just enough to see something new (again...).
  9. Johnny Handsome
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.
  10. dHunter333
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
  11. Russ840
    I had no problems with ideas he puts forward.  Just their execution, which is poor as a result of studio meddling.  I like that he wanted to expand things. Otherwise we end up with stagnant carbon copies of previous films.

    I agree on numerous points regarding bad execution (there are also greatly executed shots/ideas too), but we must admit that for a classic predator fan it was always deemed to be a very weird and polarizing experience.

    I can’t argue with that.
  12. BigDaddyJohn
    I had no problems with ideas he puts forward.  Just their execution, which is poor as a result of studio meddling.  I like that he wanted to expand things. Otherwise we end up with stagnant carbon copies of previous films.

    I agree on numerous points regarding bad execution (there are also greatly executed shots/ideas too), but we must admit that for a classic predator fan it was always deemed to be a very weird and polarizing experience.
  13. Russ840
    I had no problems with ideas he puts forward.  Just their execution, which is poor as a result of studio meddling.  I like that he wanted to expand things. Otherwise we end up with stagnant carbon copies of previous films.
  14. BigDaddyJohn
    Yeah but we will never know if that is the reason the film failed, because Black and Dekkers script is not what we got. We got a choppy, poorly edited film due to a rewrite and reshoot of the third act. 

    It is felt throughout the film and I don’t think this film is Shane Black’s vision.

    It has a fair amount of Shane Black's vision in it IMO, but also a lot of studio meddling obviously. But Black was always going to do his thing, put his balls on the table and say "f**k it all i'll try to do it my way, but it has to be set in the predator universe", with all the problems we know that resulted from that.
  15. Russ840
    Yeah but we will never know if that is the reason the film failed, because Black and Dekkers script is not what we got. We got a choppy, poorly edited film due to a rewrite and reshoot of the third act. 

    It is felt throughout the film and I don’t think this film is Shane Black’s vision.
  16. roc84
    I was making the point that if the franchise can't acquire stars-
    and Directors don't matter as Johnny Handsome claims (Which is B.S) then the franchise is effectively done.

    The point is- accomplished Directors/Writers > recognizable actors.
    The franchise requires the former- but not necessarily the latter. 

    The Russo Bros' work, good beforehand.
    James Gunn's work, good beforehand.
    Ridley Scott's work before The Duelists? Excellent beforehand.

    The Predator's failure, is the script/concept foremost, not the stars.

    Shane Black's work, good beforehand
  17. The Old One
    Fair enough.

    Fair points, but to be fair you can see the parallels between where their strength lies in their previous work.
    & Their work from the MCU.

    Kevin Feige utilized this.
    Different scenario.
  18. Voodoo Magic
    The Russo Bros' work, good beforehand.

    Russos sitcom work was definitely mixed. Their only two feature films were "Welcome to Collinwood" and "You, Me & Depree", and both were Rotten Tomatoes and not worth your time imo.

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    James Gunn's work, good beforehand.

    "Super"?  Nope. "Movie 43"?  Heck no!  Rotten, rotten tomatoes. "Slither" I think critics liked (even though I didn't) but it was older than his bad movies, years older, so it wasn't like he just came off of that directly into GotG.

    Your memory seems to be much kinder to these directors than what they produced I'm afraid.  It's a great quality to have though!  Sometimes with directors it's just finding the right fit!  That's how the same director can direct Casino Royale as well as Green Lantern! :)
  19. The Old One
    I was making the point that if the franchise can't acquire stars-
    and Directors don't matter as Johnny Handsome claims (Which is B.S) then the franchise is effectively done.

    The point is- accomplished Directors/Writers > recognizable actors.
    The franchise requires the former- but not necessarily the latter. 

    Ridley Scott's work before The Duelists? Excellent beforehand.

    The Predator's failure, is the script/concept foremost, not the stars.
  20. Voodoo Magic
    Directors? Not so much, as is showing basically with every big Hollywood Blockbuster doing a billion directed by guys no one heard about, and that's a fact. Infinity War and Jurassic World just being two of them, this year.

    True, Marvel pulled the Russo Bros from directing episodes of the "Community" sitcom and turned them into A-List directors!  Winter Soldier? Civil War? Infinity War? Wow!  Marvel tapped Scott Derrickson from blumhouse for Dr. Strange (after seeing his cheap but wonderful "Sinister"). Hardly anyone knew or cared for James Gunn before "Guardians of the Galaxy". The list goes on, and that's just Marvel!

    No big director names needed. Plenty of cheap carbon out there capable of becoming diamonds. The key certainly is recognizing talent that fits the right situation.
  21. Johnny Handsome
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    Then Predator is finished

    I didn't realize that. Thanks for letting us know. No reason to be here now. I'll delete my account.  ::)

    Childish response. I was making the point that if the franchise can't acquire stars-
    and Directors don't matter as Johnny Handsome claims (Which is B.S) then the franchise is effectively done.
    I.. what? I was making the point that stars matter, hence my post about leading guys like Statham etc., please read before responding.

    Directors? Not so much, as is showing basically with every big Hollywood Blockbuster doing a billion directed by guys no one heard about, and that's a fact. Infinity War and Jurassic World just being two of them, this year.
  22. Voodoo Magic
    Childish response. I was making the point that if the franchise can't acquire stars-
    and Directors don't matter as Johnny Handsome claims (Which is B.S) then the franchise is effectively done.

    It was actually meant as sarcasm, but gotcha. To be 100% honest, in all fairness, the point you just made above, I got. It was 100% Crystal Clear!  But re-reading the previous comments, it's not that clear to be honest.

    And to your point. I disagree. I've seen franchise have incredible sustainability without quality directors and actors like the Halloween franchise, Friday the 13th, Childs Play, AvP  ;D ,Transformers, Resident Evil, and so on and so on. But I do hope in the future, there will be better talent behind the Predator franchise.

  23. Voodoo Magic
    Get someone like Gerard Butler, Statham etc., they do small action movies (40 - 60 million) and each one is a success.

    I LOVE this idea. Especially Gerald Butler!

    That has always been blatantly obvious to me. Give us a memorable hero with on-screen presence in a Predator movie! Arnold had that charisma. He had that gravitas. Even Danny Glover had it. But when villians like Laurence Fishburne and Sterling K. Brown are outshining your 'charactor actor' heroes on screen played by Adrien Brody and Boyd Holbrook (which both lack natural lead charisma), you've casted your hero incorrectly!
  24. Johnny Handsome
    People said that after AvP-R, and in fact, the franchise came back stronger than both AvP's, with not only an oscar winning actor but also a great producer and a bunch of talented people behind and in front of the camera.

    I'm relaxed, it's always the same when a movie comes out and it's getting pretty boring though.

    In a couple of years, the next movie will be announced, people eat their words... been there, done that.
  25. Johnny Handsome
    The thing is this, the Predator as a character only gets the fanboys into the seats, while this movie was largely ignored by the general public. They should get an action star, someone with a bit of presence.

    Boyd who? Yeah. Alien Covenant at least had Fassbender, that helped a bit. Ever since AvP they rely on the Predator only and i think that's a mistake.

    Get someone like Gerard Butler, Statham etc., they do small action movies (40 - 60 million) and each one is a success. The Rock is too expensive by now, but damn it woul be cool to get someone like this in a leading role.

    I didnt care for The Meg at first, but when i saw that they cast Statham i was curious, as were others, as that movie made a shitload of cash... and my god, it was fun, but also really dumb, people don't care about quality and/or reviews if they are curious.
  26. Corporal Hicks
    Here is my bet.  If the next Predator film brought back Arnold Schwarzenegger in a starring role it would be a hit.  If the next Aliens film brought back Sigourney Weaver and the surviving stars from Aliens and continued where that movie left off, it would be a hit.  Other wise, every film skirts around the recipe yet does not quite deliver.

    Alan Dutch Schaefer returning as a mentor/leader or even antagonist still could work though.

    While I enjoy the action-comedy of The Predator, I didn't really enjoy the Predator lore aspect of the film - primarily because it didn't really know what it wanted to do in the end. I do agree that being Arnie back as some sort of mentor role would be a massive draw. Problem is all his returns in Terminator haven't exactly been a huge draw (as far as I'm aware). I think any future film is going to be have an up-hill battle. If we get another one.
  27. Perfect-Organism
    Why do I have a feeling one of these days I'm going to go see The Predator finally and I'm really going to enjoy it?  Never fails.  Whenever someone poo-poos a film, it turns out good.  Ahhh, low expectations..
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