BOX OFFICE: Audiences cannot get ENOUGH of Tom Holland — “Uncharted” blows up, “Dog” gets most of the scraps

“Uncharted,” the video game adaptation starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Taylor Ali, Tati Gabrielle and Antonio Banderas, earned well-over $3 million in Thursday night previews, and over $15.4 million all-in Friday.

With a four-day weekend thanks to President’s Day, this could be a $45-50 million opening for Sony’s middling action pic synergizing a Playstation game.

Oh yeah, the movie’s crap. And I’m not the only one saying so.

So what we get is Holland’s marketability has soared since the latest “Spider-Man” came out, and Mark Wahlberg gets a boost that could keep him marketable for another couple of years.

“Uncharted” is having the biggest opening weekend since “Spider-Man,” the updated total is $44 million by midnight Sunday, $51 million by end of biz Monday.

MGM’s “Dog” is doing pretty good for a Channing Tatum-and-a-dog picture. It will clear $15.1 million by Sunday, $18 million by Monday night. Glad to see it. Damned fine genre pic, gives families something to go to, a picture with substance — and silly stuff involving a dog.

LD Entertainment’s werewolf movie “The Cursed” is getting a few crumbs, maybe $1.7 million by weekend’s end.

“Death on the Nile” is doing a lot better than “Marry Me,” a $7.5 million weekend as opposed to J. Lo’s $4.2 over four days.

As I have mentioned a few times over the years, start-up studios have been the last ones expecting to get anything out of a Jennifer Lopez star vehicle. Shocked that an established studio couldn’t do the math and figure out a well-preserved, over-exposed 50 year-old star wasn’t a draw any more. Her audience is watching this at home, not in theaters. Because that’s what people do once they’re over 40.

“Jackass” will clear the $50 million mark by next Friday.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is closing in on $800 million domestic box office. It may fall short of that as “BatPattinson” is coming, but we’ll see. Over $772 by Monday night.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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