20th Century Fox’s The Predator had no trouble taking the top spot at the box office with an estimated $24 million, easily taking down last weekend’s winner The Nun, which dropped a whopping 66.2% to second place with $18.2 million. It also handily beat fellow newcomers A Simple Favor (3rd place, $16 million), White Boy Rick (4th place, $8.8 million) and Unbroken: Path to Redemption (9th place, $2.3 million), but it still represented a step back, so to speak, in the franchise as a whole. So we’re breaking down The Predator’s debut, when compared to the five other films in the Predator franchise, both in unadjusted grosses and grosses while adjusting for inflation.
Given the fact that this franchise has been around for over 30 years, it’s important that we adjust for inflation because it provides added context. When you look at just the raw numbers, The Predator is in the middle of the pack with the third highest debut of the six films. The Predator is just behind 2004’s Alien vs. Predator ($38.3 million) and 2010’s Predators ($24.8 million), but it’s possible that when the actual numbers come in, it could be adjusted up and overtake Predators in the second spot. It comes ahead of the original 1987 classic Predator ($12 million), 2007’s Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem ($10.1 million) and 1990’s Predator 2 ($8.8 million)