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Box Office: ‘Civil War’ Makes $2.9 Million in Previews, Best Ever for an A24 Movie

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The box office is going to war.

A24 and director Alex Garland’s latest film, the controversial “Civil War,” is opening in theaters this weekend. So far, it’s made $2.9 million at the box office in Thursday previews.

“Civil War” has its sights set on the highest opening weekend ever for an A24 movie. The film, which takes place in a fractured America torn apart by civil war, is projected to make around $20 million in its opening weekend. Some estimates are as high as $24 million and as low as $15 million, but even that would break the A24 record. An opening in the upper range could also unseat Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire,” which has been No. 1 for the past two weeks at the box office.

Director Ari Aster’s horror film “Hereditary” currently holds the highest opening weekend for A24, after it made $13.6 million in 2018. “Hereditary” made $1.3 million in Thursday previews, and it went on to gross $44.1 million domestically and $82.8 million worldwide.

Based on its preview haul, “Civil War” seems to be on track to make history. It’s already the most expensive A24 movie to date, so it’ll need all the help it can get at the box office. The violent, explosion-heavy war film cost around $50 million to make.

The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura and Cailee Spaeny as wartime journalists, who travel to Washington, D.C. in the midst of a deadly civil war. California and Texas have joined together as Western Forces, while other loyalist states cling together and defend from their attacks. The cast also includes Nick Offerman as the U.S. president, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jesse Plemons and more.