Weekend Preview: ‘The 5th Wave’ and ‘The Boy’ Face ‘Dirty Grandpa’

This weekend brings a little something for everyone with three new wide releases that should help continue to push Star Wars, Creed, and a few other holiday holdovers out of the theater.

Let’s start with Dirty Grandpa which is tracking to a $13 million plus opening weekend. The comedy stars Zac Efron as an uptight guy who just days before his wedding is tricked into driving his perverted grandfather (Robert DeNiro) to Florida for Spring Break.

Word of mouth will play a big role in how well Dirty Grandpa does in its first weekend as Ride Along 2 will look to bank a strong second week in theaters.

Here’s the green band (safe) trailer:

And the red band (NSFW) trailer:

Next up is the YA adaptation, The 5th Wave starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Four waves of alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Before a fifth wave hits, Cassie (Moretz) must save her younger brother.

The 5th Wave is tracking toward a $13 million opening.

Here’s an extra clip from The 5th Wave, courtesy of Sony Pictures:

Finally, the year’s first wide release horror movie hits theaters with The Boy starring The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan.

The film is about an American nanny who is surprised to find her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a strict list of rules, she finds strange things start to occur leading her to believe that the doll is really alive.

The Boy is  currently tracking for a $10 million opening, a lot of its success depending on if horror fans will come out to watch it and how segmented the audience will be this weekend. If teens and 20-somethings shy away from The 5th Wave, The Boy and Ride Along 2 will likely benefit.

Two smaller films are also getting a strong release. The third film in the Ip Man martial arts movie series starring Donnie Yen arrives on 103 screens.

The other indie film arriving on 100 screens will be the human trafficking dramatic thriller Caged No More starring Kevin Sorbo and Loretta Devine.

Finally, here’s a look at this past weekend’s Top 10 list:



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