Box Office: “Hot Pursuit” not that hot, “Maggie” middling, “Avengers” dominant

boxofficeNot sure what Deadline Hollywood was expecting the sacrificial lamb comedy “Hot Pursuit” to manage on its opening weekend. It’ll do over $12, which seems a little low — not quite a flop. Reese’s big box office days are in the past.

Poor movie, middling showing. Seems like $16 or so would have been the high end of expectations.

“Avengers” has won another weekend ($76 million) and should pass “Furious 7” by Friday, next Saturday at the latest. The tally will be “7” $331 Sunday night, “Avengers 2” $311 or so.

“Maggie,” opening on limited screens didn’t set the world on fire, “The D Train” did no more for Jack Black than “Maggie” did for Schwarzenegger. “Far from the Madding Crowd” still isn’t on enough screens to crack the top ten. But “Ex Machina” is turning into a modest, smart hit, ($14 thus far) and “Woman in Gold” is counter-programming itself into the black.

But it won’t manage the money “The Age of Adaline” does, which will stand at over $31 million on Sunday night. That’s the one to take Mom to on Mother’s Day, by the way.

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