While The Lion King will remain the No. 1 film this weekend with industry estimates projecting a $95 million second frame, it would not be a shocker if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood turns out to be Tarantino’s biggest weekend opener of all time with around $40M. Tracking has the director’s love letter to his 1969 Los Angeles childhood in the low $30Ms. For Sony, even if the film comes out of the gate slow, the hope is that it legs out to Labor Day, and beyond.
Tarantino’s biggest opening to date at the domestic box office is Inglourious Basterds, which opened to $38M on August 21, 2009 and ended at $120.5M. After that, it’s Django Unchained, which made $30.1M over three days in a six-day $63.4M opening.
Word is that the 70MM showtimes at the Hollywood Arclight (whose Cinerama Dome makes a cameo in the film) are going fast for tomorrow night’s show. Previews start tomorrow at 4 PM in 3,300 locations.
To celebrate the release, Fandango is launching today a movie map of the Once Upon a Time L.A. locations, and Fandango’s streaming service FandangoNOW will also release a curated playlist of movies that Tarantino screened for his staff at The New Beverly Cinema as inspiration for the film.