'The Purge' Box Office: Home Invasion Thriller Expected to Beat 'Fast & Furious 6' and 'The Internship' [TRAILER]
Box office predictors are projecting horror film The Purge to handily beat Fast & Furious 6 and the new Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson comedy The Internship this weekend.
The Purge, which stars Ethan Hawke and Game of Thrones' Lena Headey, has already made $3.4 million at the box office from Thursday totals alone. The home invasion thriller only cost $3 million to make, which means its production company, Universal, it already making profits.
The Purge is expected to rake in $24.5 million this weekend and become the No. 1 movie of the weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.
"It has been our top-selling horror movie of the year so far, in terms of pre-sales," said Fandago President Paul Yanover.
The Internship is expected to do much worse than anticipated: early projections have it at $16.4 million for the weekend. The last film Wilson and Vaughn starred in together was Wedding Crashers in 2004. It raked in over $200 million domestically, a rarity for an R-rated comedy. Despite The Internship being PG-13, there doesn't seem to be much audience interest, according to the report.
Fast & Furious 6, which has been the No. 1 movie at the box office for the last two weeks, is expected to dip to No. 2 over weekend. The action film is projected at $17.6 million in its third weekend. In the U.S. alone, Fast & Furious 6 is almost at the $200 million mark, which could easily be surpassed this weekend.
The heist caper Now You See Me surprised analysts when it came in at No. 2 last weekend, beating the Will Smith blockbuster After Earth. The film is expected to dip to No. 3 this weekend, with estimations at $16.9 million.
As for After Earth, the critically-panned box office disappointment is expected to sink from No. 3 to No. 7 this weekend, raking in a little over $10 million.
Watch a trailer for The Purge here: