BOX OFFICE: “Guardians 3” still strong, but fading, “Book Club Chapter 2” might make Mother’s Day money

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3″ had a steep fall-off on its second Friday, a 70% plunge to around $15 million. But as a lot of that is attributable to the Thursday “previews” that boosted opening weekend, it’s still on track to clear $50-54 million this weekend, according to

Middling Thursday night and Friday numbers don’t tell the story of the biggest wide release opening opposite the comic book movie this weekend.

“Book Club: Chapter Two” expects to make a lot of money on Mother’s Day, being a mom/grandmom sort of movie, starring Fonda and Bergman and Steenbergen and The Devine Ms. Keaton. It’s headed towards a $7 million+ weekend, good enough for third place.

“Super Mario Bros. Movie” is still raking it in, with $13 million or so giving it a second place finish. The animated “Road Rally Racers” pic won’t put a dent in it.

“Evil Dead Rise” is adding another $3.5-4 million.

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” won’t rise much above $2 million, which will put it in a dead heat with the Robert Rodriguez/Ben Affleck thriller “Hypnotic,” which could hit $2.3 million.

As always, I’ll update this as the weekend progresses and more data becomes available.


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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