Sony’s live-action/animated musical comedy Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is looking at an opening weekend haul between $11 million and $12 million after taking in $575,000 in Thursday previews. More optimistic projections suggest that the film could even earn around $15 million to $18 million in its first weekend. But while it will likely put the kid-friendly film above newcomer Amsterdam, it will likely still fall short of last week’s number one film, Smile.
Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is based on Bernard Wabar’s children’s book of the same name. The film stars Shawn Mendes as the voice of the singing crocodile, while Javier Bardem plays Lyle’s “charismatic owner”. Rounding out the rest of the cast are Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley, Scoot McNairy and Brett Gelman.
Sony has a good track record with movies like this, having previously released titles like The Smurfs and its sequel The Smurfs 2 as well as Peter Rabbit and its sequel Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile reportedly cost $50 million, which is about the same as the two Peter Rabbit movies that ended up grossing more than $500 million globally.
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The film tells the story of the Primm family, who move into a new house in New York only to discover a singing crocodile “who loves baths, caviar and great music” living in their attic. The crocodile strikes up a friendship with Primm’s young son Josh, but when Lyle’s 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 family can come from the best.” unexpected places.” The film received mixed to positive reviews. Collider’s own Chase Hutchinson gave it a grade of C+, writing in his review, “It’s hard to imagine Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile becoming a comedy classic that audiences will want in the near future time to return.”
Meanwhile, director David O. Russell’s star-studded period caper Amsterdam is eyeing a $10 million opening weekend after taking in $550,000 in Thursday previews. Rivaling the cast that directors Christopher Nolan and Damien Chazelle assembled for Oppenheimer and Babylon, Amsterdam stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taylor Swift, Michael Shannon, Zoe Saldaña, Mike. Myers, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek and others.
Amsterdam, about a trio of friends who become prime suspects in the murder of a US senator, reportedly cost $80 million to make and didn’t get the platform you’d expect from a movie like this. It is playing in more than 3000 cinemas. And this is probably due to the bad reviews the movie is getting. Collider’s Hutchinson gave it an F grade and called it a “star disaster” and a “movie fraud” in his review. The film’s underwhelming showings may have been foreshadowed by another period flop, Searchlight’s See How They Run , which is on track to gross less than $20 million worldwide after debuting last month.
Russell’s last four films – The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and Joy – were all Oscar winners. And while Amsterdam has placed as an award contender as well, it’s too early to tell if the reviews are bad enough for the Academy to ignore. Elsewhere, Smile is expected to pull in around $11 million in its second weekend. Additionally, horror sequel Terrifier 2 managed to earn $403,900 in its debut, making it fourth overall on Thursday.
You can watch the trailer for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile here and stay tuned to Collider for details on the box office over the weekend.