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Thursday Night Previews: Girl Won’t Be Gone after Earning $1.23 million

October 7th, 2016

The Birth of a Nation

The Girl on the Train got off to a good start with $1.23 million during its previews last night. This is essentially the same as Gone Girl managed during its previews back in 2014. Gone Girl earned a reported $1.2 million, so it could have been between $1.15 million to $1.24 million. Unfortunately for The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl’s reviews were stellar, while this film is earning mixed reviews. It won’t have the same legs, but this start does mean $30 million is a lot more likely than it was on Thursday’s predictions.

The Birth of a Nation grabbed $375,000 during its previews last night. By comparison, Selma earned $400,000 during previews before its wide expansion. That earlier film also earned near perfect reviews and was playing in limited release for two weeks before its expansion. This makes direct comparison difficult, but I think our prediction of $10 million still looks like a safe bet.

There are no numbers for Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life to report, but at least its reviews are trickling in. So far they are 53% positive, which is fine for this type of release.

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