‘Hustlers’ With Jennifer Lopez Scores $2.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

Hustlers,” the crime film based on a true story and starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, earned $2.5 million at the box office Thursday in previews.

It opens on 3,250 screens this weekend.“Hustlers” comes from STX, and the film’s cast of pop stars and strong reviews and word of mouth out of the Toronto International Film Festival hope to boost the film to be the largest opening in STX’s history.

However, it has to contend with Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch” and “It Chapter Two” as it heads into a massive second weekend.The studio is projecting “Hustlers” to open in the mid-$20 million range, with independent trackers saying it could land between $25-28 million against an approximately $20 million budget.

The hope is that it can topple STX’s highest opening to date, “Bad Moms,” which opened in July 2016 to $23.8 million after grossing $2 million in its Thursday previews.

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