Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” is ruling the box office in its second full weekend of release, but the Jodie Foster-directed “Money Monster” looks to put up solid numbers in its debut.
The TriStar Pictures film launched in 3,104 theaters and had a budget of $27 million.
Moviegoers have rated the film positively, as it’s currently tracking a B-plus grade from the audience polling firm CinemaScore.
“Money Monster” has a tepid 57% rating on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, and The Times’ Kenneth Turan was particularly harsh in his critique.
“An attempt at combining a real-time thriller with a shot across the bow to a deceptive financial system, ‘Money Monster’ never achieves plausibility, settling instead for cliched situations and uninteresting characters masquerading as contemporary relevance,” Turan wrote of the film, which stars Clooney as an entertainer-financial TV host who is taken hostage by an irate investor.
The film’s projected $14-million-plus opening won’t be enough to dethrone Disney from the top of the box office tally.
Heading into Friday, the film had already grossed more than $223 million and was expected to tally at least another $70 million this weekend.
The film on Friday brought in more than $19 million.
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” collected $4.2 million on Friday, but many expect it to finish in second place ahead of “Money Monster.” Wver it falls, the film is on track to top $300 million this weekend.