Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Bites Into $575,000 in Thursday Box Office Previews

Sony Live Action/Animated Musical Comedy, Lyle, Lyle, crocodile expects earnings of between $11 million and $12 million in opening weekend after grossing $575,000 in Thursday’s previews. The more optimistic forecasts suggest that the film could even gross around $15-18 million in its first weekend. But while this will likely place the kid-friendly film above other newcomers Amsterdamit will probably fall short of last week’s number one movie, to smile.

Directed by want bacon and Josh Gordon, Lyle, Lyle, crocodile Based on the children’s book of the same name Bernhard Wabar. The movie stars Shawn Mendes like the voice of the singing crocodile while Javier Bardem plays Lyle’s “charismatic owner”. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley, Scoot McNairy and Brett Gelman.


Sony has a strong track record with films like this, having previously released titles like The Smurfs and its continuation The Smurfs 2as well as Pete Rabbit and its continuation Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. Lyle, Lyle, crocodile is said to have cost $50 million, which is about as much as the two Peter Rabbit films, which together grossed over $500 million worldwide.

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The film tells the story of the Primm family who move into a new house in New York City, only to discover a singing crocodile “who loves baths, caviar and great music” living in their attic. The crocodile befriends the Primms’ young son, Josh, but when Lyle’s very existence is threatened by an evil neighbor, “the Primms must team up with Lyle’s charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti, to show the world that… a family can come from the best of unexpected places.” The film has received mixed to positive reviews. Collider’s own Chase Hutchinson gave it a C+ and wrote in his review: “It’s hard to imagine Lyle, Lyle, crocodile into a comedy classic that audiences will want to revisit any time.”

Meanwhile director David O Russell‘s star-studded time warp, Amsterdam, is facing a $10 million opening weekend after grossing $550,000 in Thursday previews. Competes with directors’ casts Christopher nolan and Damien Chazelle have compiled for Oppenheimer and Babylonrespectively, Amsterdam Stars Christian Balle, Margot Robbie, JohnDavidWashington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor Joy, Taylor Swift, Michael Shannon, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers, Robert DeNiro, Rami Malekand more.

Amsterdam, about a trio of friends who become prime suspects in the murder of a US Senator, reportedly cost $80 million and didn’t get the kind of platform release you’d expect from a film like this. It runs in over 3,000 cinemas. And that’s probably due to the bad reviews the film is getting. Hutchinson of Collider gave it an F, calling it “a star-studded disaster” and “a cinematic hoax” in his review. The film’s stunning projections were perhaps foreshadowed by another period caper, Searchlight’s See how they runwhich will hit the market worldwide at less than $20 million after debuting last month.

Russell’s last four films – The fighter, silver linings Playbook, American hustle and joy – were all Oscar players. And while Amsterdam was also positioned as a contender for awards, but it’s too early to tell if the reviews are bad enough for the Academy to ignore. Elsewhere, to smile is expected to rake in around $11 million over its second weekend. You can watch a trailer Lyle, Lyle, crocodile here, and stay tuned to Collider for in-depth box office coverage over the weekend. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Bites Into $575,000 in Thursday Box Office Previews

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