Daily Box Office: "No Escape" Opens to $1.2M on Wednesday

Owen Wilson in "No Escape"

I was predicting Owen Wilson’s action thriller “No Escape” to do $15M this weekend. Well, it looks like I’ll be wrong.

According to Deadline.com, “No Escape” took in $1.2M yesterday, and that includes $300K from Tuesday evening screenings.

Deadline noted that Wilson’s co-star Pierce Brosnan’s last thriller “November Man,” which also opened mid-week, only did $861K on opening day, but went on to gross nearly $8M for the weekend.

If “No Escape” follows the same trajectory of “November Man,” then it could do $8M-$11M this weekend, which wouldn’t be too bad for The Weinstein Company. They purchased the rights for only $5M.

I thought the John Erick Dowdle directed film was solid entertainment when I saw it a couple of days ago in a promotional screening -- as intense and harrowing as the trailer depicted. Although I’m in the minority, as far as critics are concerned.

The B+ Cinemascore (audience survey) is also only an average.

Still, if “No Escape” takes in at least $10M for the weekend, it would be a modest success for everyone involved, unless the unreported budget is too high, which I don’t think it is, judging by the film.

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