Predict this weekend’s box office: Will ‘Candyman’ take a bite out of ‘Free Guy’?

Beginning right now at Gold Derby, you can predict which movies will earn the #1 through #5 spots at the U.S. box office for this weekend, August 27 – August 29. You can also forecast how much money the weekend’s highest-grossing film will rake in. Hurry and make your first predictions — it’s fun and easy! Each week the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy will win a $100 Amazon gift card, eternal bragging rights and a spot on our box office 2021 leaderboard.

Opening this Friday is the highly anticipated remake of “Candyman” (dir. Nia DaCosta) from Universal Pictures. It serves as the follow-up to the original 1992 horror film of the same name, and is the fourth film in the “Candyman” franchise. In the new movie, Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Watchmen”) stars as the adult version of a child who was kidnapped 28 years earlier by the titular villain, played once again by Tony Todd. According to legend, anyone who says Candyman’s name five times in a mirror will summon the vengeful spirit (so, like, don’t do that).

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“Candyman” is hoping to take a bite out of “Free Guy” (dir. Shawn Levy), which has dominated the box office for two weekends in a row. (Its cumulative total is now $58 million.) Ryan Reynolds portrays a video game character named Guy who begins to realize the world around him is not as it seems. The movie prides itself on having a truly original story, in contrast to all of the sequels, prequels and remakes that filmgoers have grown accustomed to.

Also don’t count out “PAW Patrol: The Movie” (dir. Cal Brunker) to make another splash in ticket sales. The kid-friendly flick earned a pawesome dollar amount ($13 million) over the weekend, outpacing other new entries “The Protege” ($2.9 million), “The Night House” ($2.8 million) and “Reminiscence” ($2.0 million). In the “PAW Patrol” film, the central puppies are called out to save Adventure City from the villainous Mayor Humdinger (Ron Pardo).

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