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“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” May Set Tarantino High, But “Lion King” Still Rules US Friday Box Office

“Once Upon A Time” will debut at #2 on this weekend’s chart.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino in Columbia Pictures “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" by Andrew Cooper / CTMG, courtesy of Sony Pictures Publicity

It will not dethrone “The Lion King” from #1 on the US box office chart, but “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” may deliver the biggest opening of director Quentin Tarantino’s career.

“Once Upon A Time” earned $16.9 million on Friday, which marked its first day of release. Based on that figure, the film should earn $38.5-43 million this weekend.

If it lands in that range, it will narrowly set a new career high for Tarantino. The director’s current high mark of $38.1 million came courtesy of 2009’s “Inglorious Basterds.”

“The Lion King” will nonetheless remain a dominant #1 in the US. It ruled Friday’s chart with $22.3 million and should close the weekend with $71-81 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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