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Box Office: ‘Smile’ Outpacing ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ for No. 1 as ‘Amsterdam’ Bombs

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J. Kim Murphy There’s one key question gripping the world this weekend: will the box office be smiling, or will it be Lyling?

Sony’s “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” had hopes to challenge for the top slot at the box office this weekend, though it seems that the family comedy won’t be able to outpace the second weekend of Paramount’s smash horror film “Smile.” Meanwhile, 20th Century Studios’ “Amsterdam” is bombing in its debut, aiming to finish in third. “Lyle, Lyle” landed a $3.47 million opening day, screening in 4,350 locations.

While that’s not exactly the most impressive opening day on paper, the majority of ticket sales for the musical will come with family audiences attending screenings on Saturday, Sunday and the Monday holiday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which will keep a good fraction of kids out of school.

Sony is projecting a weekend gross between $12 million and $13.5 million for the musical. To compare to another recent film about a misunderstood but affectionate animal, that’s a chunk lower than the $16.6 million debut for Paramount’s “Clifford the Big Red Dog” last November — and that simultaneously premiered on Paramount+.

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