As the summer box office draws to a close, Universal is hoping nostalgic audiences are ready to go back in the water with a reissue of Jaws. The 1975 classic, which vaulted Steven Spielberg to directorial superstardom, hits approximately 1200 venues over the long Labor Day weekend. This is essentially the picture that created the modern blockbuster. It also spawned three sequels and countless knockoffs.
47 years after it first surfaced, I’m a little skeptical this amasses a big audience (it’s still on cable on a very frequent basis). Just two weeks ago, another Spielberg classic went the IMAX route. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was on nearly 400 screens and made $1 million.
Jaws has the advantage of more screens and an extra day due to holiday. I’ll project that get it just past $3 million. That puts in well below the other Labor Day re-release Spider-Man: No Way Home – The More Fun Stuff Edition.
Jaws opening weekend prediction: $3.1 million (Friday to Monday estimate)
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