Critics are on board, earning the movie an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. While we’re quite sure of the
success to be attained by Tom Cruise Universal’s “American Made” which is expected to land at 3,023 locations, we think there’s a good chance that it will be overshadowed by the recent string of R-rated releases including “It” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Unless “American Made” over-performs extra tops, “Kingsman” has a better chance at retaining the top spot after coming in slightly below expectations with $39 million last weekend.
Tom Cruise stars as a commercial airline pilot who’s recruited by the CIA to fly reconnaissance missions over
South America. He then begins smuggling drugs and guns involvement with a cartel and. “American
Made” reunites Cruise with “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman. That movie, released in June of
2014, was a domestic disappointment given its big budget ($28.8 million opening on its way to $100
million), but made up for that with global appeal, grossing over $370 million worldwide by the end of its
run. Liman also helped launch the “Bourne” film franchise in 2002 with “The Bourne Identity.”
That said, don’t count out “It,” which is still very much in the mix during its fourth weekend in theaters.
Last frame, it grossed close to $30 million, so this weekend it’s expected to score somewhere in the
teens. The horror sensation — which is the primary reason why this month’s domestic total will easily
out-gross the prior September record of $616 million — has earned over $270 million domestically and
is approaching $500 million worldwide.
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