Tom Hanks takes aim at the box office with ‘Inferno’

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Without other new wide releases standing in its way, Ron Howard’s Inferno is set to walk an easy path to the top of the box office. Its franchise predecessors, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, opened to $77 million and $46.2 million, respectively. Inferno, suffering from negative reviews (20% approval on Rotten Tomatoes) and waning interest in the series, should earn quite a bit less. That said, expectations place the film’s opening weekend at $25 million, which isn’t too bad for a movie with a reported budget of $75 million. And then there’s star Tom Hanks’ international appeal; in foreign markets, where it began rolling out two a and a half weeks ago, Inferno has already brought in $94.3 million.

The rest of the weekend’s top five will be made up of holdovers, though the exact order of the films in question—Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Accountant, Ouija: Origin of Evil and reigning champ Boo! A Madea Halloween—is up in the air to a degree. A Halloween bump could make Madea’s second weekend drop more modest than it otherwise could have been, but the (slightly) better-reviewed Never Go Back should be able to coast on Tom Cruise’s star power and claim the number two spot for itself.

Among the films out in limited release are Jim Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop and The Stooges doc Gimme Danger, Bollywood release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Werner Herzog's Into the Inferno and Chinese comedy Mr. Donkey. Barry Jenkins' awards contender Moonlight, which opened to a massive $402,075 in four theatres last weekend, expands to several additional markets in advance of a nationwide rollout on November 4.