Weekend moviegoers are making it rain for the new Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers,” according to reports.
The star-studded film about New York City strip-club performers who swindle Wall Street stock brokers during the recession took in more than $13 million on its opening night Friday and was projected to total about $32 million in ticket sales by the end of its first weekend, Variety reported.
That would make it the most successful first-weekend film ever for STXFilms, according to the report, as well as one of the most successful film projects of Lopez’s career.
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The Friday figure included $2.5 million from a limited number of Thursday preview showings, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Other stars in the film include singers Cardi B and Lizzo as well as actors Constance Lu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart.
But the movie was still expected to finish in second place, behind “It: Chapter Two,” the New Line and Warner Bros. horror sequel about author Steven King’s evil clown named Pennywise, Variety reported.
“Hustlers” was a hit when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, although 50-year-old Lopez was heckled by anti-fur activists who objected to her “Hustlers” character wearing a fur coat in the film. Lopez did not wear fur to the film festival.
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Earlier this month Lopez told the Evening Standard magazine that it was “really scary” having to perform “practically naked” in front of hundreds of extras for the movie’s strip-tease scenes.
“There’s something liberating and empowering about it,” she added, “but you’re really out there, physically, emotionally and psychologically.”