Audiences are ponying up for “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” which is projected to lead a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the domestic box office.
The third “Magic Mike” entry earned roughly $4.1 million in opening day and Thursday preview screenings, with industry sources projecting a debut around $8 million. Warner Bros. itself isn’t reporting numbers.
There are a few question marks surrounding the debut of “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” which is receiving a limited release in 1,500 North American locations. Though the film was commissioned for an HBO Max release, Warner Bros. swerved to go theatrical — the studio did the same for its comedy remake “House Party” in January, which also opened in less than 2,000 theaters and has earned a slim $8.8 million.
While “Last Dance” is making a bigger splash than “House Party,” it’ll finish with an opening down from its 2012 original ($39.1 million) and 2015 sequel “Magic Mike XXL” ($12.8 million three-day, $27 million five-day holiday weekend). Critical consensus is that the film marks a series low, landing a 39% approval rating from top critics on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
Helmed by original “Magic Mike” director Steven Soderbergh, “Last Dance” catches up with the now-retired male entertainer Mike (Tatum), who travels to London to help a socialite (Salma Hayek Pinault) produce a strip-tease stage play. In addition to Tatum and Hayek Pinault, “Magic Mike 3” also stars Ayub Khan Din, Jemelia George, Juliette Motamed, Vicki Pepperdine, Gavin Spokes, Alan Cox, Caitlin Gerard and Christopher Bencomo.
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