Box Office: ‘Gran Turismo’ Opens With $1.4 Million in Previews



It’s off to the races for Sony’s video game adaptation “Gran Turismo,” which opens in theaters this weekend. The racing drama, starring Archie Madekwe, David Harbour and Orlando Bloom, made $1.4 million in Thursday previews at the box office.

The film is expected to open between $10 million and $12 million this weekend. It carries a $60 million budget, and on top of that, “Barbie” and “Blue Beetle” are hot on its heels, so there may not be a victory lap for “Gran Turismo.”

Based on the popular PlayStation racing video games of the same name, “Gran Turismo” is directed by Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium,” “Chappie”) and based on the real life story of Jann Mardenborough, a young gamer turned professional race car driver. Mardenborough, played by Madekwe (“Midsommar,” “See”) in the movie, was so good at the “Gran Turismo” racing simulation games that he took his skills to the actual race course and went pro. Harbour (“Stranger Things,” “Black Widow”) plays Jack Salter, Mardenborough’s trainer, and Bloom (“The Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) plays Danny Moore, a marketing executive at Nissan.

Warner Bros.’ DC superhero film “Blue Beetle,” last weekend’s No. 1 film after dethroning “Barbie,” is projected to between $8.5 million and $10 million, which would be about a 60% drop from its $25 million opening. However, “Gran Turismo” and “Blue Beetle” will be battling for second place, as “Barbie” is expected to regain the box office crown with $12 million to $14 million in its sixth week of release. The Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie film recently became the year’s highest-grossing domestic release, beating “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” and will soon overtake it globally.


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