Friday Box Office: THE PURGE Crushes THE INTERNSHIP with Huge $16.7 Million Opening

     June 8, 2013

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What most expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office is making big news for one new release. The Internship is not that release. The Fox comedy earned an estimated $6.55 million from 3,365 locations on Friday and is now on track for a first-weekend in the $18 million range. That’s slightly higher than pre-release projections for the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson feature, but lower than the $20 million-plus that a star-driven summer release should be earning. If The Internship is destined for disappointment, The Purge looks like a legitimate sensation. With an estimated $16.7 million from 2,536 locations on Friday, the low-budget horror film equaled its entire weekend projection in just one day. That puts The Purge on track for a remarkable $36 million through Sunday – a number that would secure both the highest horror debut and the highest R-rated opening of 2013.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Purge $16,700,000 $16.7
2.  The Internship $6,550,000 $6.55
3.  Fast & Furious 6 $6,100,000 $189.2
4.  Now You See Me $6,050,000 $47.9
5.  Epic $3,600,000 $75.6
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