The zombie apocalypse title is expected to gross more than $60 million in its debut.
After this weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Smith will no longer be Brad Pitt’s biggest opening weekend earner.
The actor’s World War Z is set to surpass the $50 million brought in by the 2005 spy film, which co-starred Angelina Jolie. Paramount expects the zombie apocalypse film, which earned a B+ CinemaScore from audiences, to gross more than $60 million in its debut.
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WWZ earned $25 million on Friday, placing the title at No. 2 on the domestic box office chart behind Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University at $30.5 million.
The film, co-financed with Skydance Productions, underwent a reportedly arduous production process that included numerous reshoots before finally making its way into theaters. The Marc Forster-directed film marks the Pitt’s return to summer action tentpoles after starring in smaller titles like 2011’s Moneyball and Tree of Life.
Pitt’s last summer action film was Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which opened to $38 million in Aug., 2009. He also starred in Steven Soderbergh’s 2007 heist sequel, Ocean’s Thirteen, which opened to $36 million in June. And the actor opened the mythology epic, Troy, to $46 million in May, 2004.