Early box office numbers forecast a successful first weekend for The Predator, the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise that premiered in previews Thursday. The film debut raked in $2.5 million on Thursday alone, while The Nun earned $2.2 million. The demonic Nun film dominated last weekend's box office, taking in a scary-good $53.8 million, but it's expected to cool down in the coming days with an industry-typical 65 percent drop in its second weekend, to about $20 million. The Predator will likely take over in the top spot with an expected $25 million domestic haul over the next three days.

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