Box Office: Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Arthur the King’ Makes $825,000 in Previews

This week’s new theatrical release, the dog-friendly adventure movie “Arthur the King” starring Mark Wahlberg and a four-legged best friend, has made $825,000 at the box office in Thursday previews.

The Lionsgate movie is expected to make between $8 million and $10 million in its opening weekend. It will have to settle for third place, though, as this month’s previous releases, Universal’s animated sequel “Kung Fu Panda 4” and Warner Bros.’ sci-fi epic “Dune: Part Two,” will claim the top two spots once again.

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In its second weekend, “Kung Fu Panda 4” is projected to make between $28 million to $30 million and claim the box office crown once again. So far, the animated, family-friendly film has grossed $62 million at the domestic box office and $93 million globally.

“Dune: Part Two” is on track for around $24 million to $27 million in its third weekend of release. The sci-fi sequel, starring Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and more A-listers in a far-off galaxy, has made $162 million domestically and $375 million globally so far. It has already surpassed the entire domestic run of the original’s $108 million haul.

“Arthur the King,” directed by Simon Cellan Jones, written by Michael Brandt and based on the nonfiction book “Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home,” stars Wahlberg as a mountain climber who becomes attached to a stray dog named Arthur. The team and their new canine companion trek through the Dominican Republic on a dangerous 435-mile endurance. The movie co-stars Simu Liu, Juliet Rylance, Nathalie Emmanuel and more.

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