Melissa McCarthy is back on top at the box office: 20th Century Fox’s new comedy “Spy” is headed for a $35 million opening weekend at 3,711 locations, according to early estimates.
Friday forecasts pegged “Spy” at $12 million for its first day, in line with recent forecasts. Reviews have been stellar with a 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Spy” marks the third time that Paul Feig has directed McCarthy, following 2011’s “Bridesmaids” and 2013’s “The Heat.” The comedy looks likely to deliver profits for the studio, given McCarthy’s demonstrated drawing power. Chernin Entertainment produced “Spy,” which also stars Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham, for $65 million.