2Pac Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ Expected To Bring In $31.2M Opening Box Office Weekend
Despite mixed reviews, including some pointed criticism from both 50 Cent and Jada Pinkett Smith, All Eyez on Me is expected to exceed initial projections with a $31.2 million opening weekend at the box office.
Despite mixed reviews, including some pointed criticism from both 50 Cent and Jada Pinkett Smith, All Eyez on Me is expected to exceed initial projections with a $31.2 million opening weekend at the box office. The Tupac Shakur biopic was originally projected to bring in between $15 to $22 million, but according to a Deadline report by Anthony D’Alessandro, the film benefited from some prime placement in theaters across the country.
“All Eyez on Me is also benefiting from its play in 200 premium large format theaters, which is included in its overall 2,471 theater count,” D’Alessandro wrote.
From a critical standpoint, All Eyez on Me currently holds a 40 out of 100 rating on Metacritic and an audience score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Since initially being announced in 2011, the big screen portrayal of Shakur’s life has cycled through four directors. Antoine Fuqua, John Singleton and Carl Franklin were each separately selected as directors at various points. Each left for different reasons with Singleton publicly stating, “the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur” in 2015. Benny Boom eventually signed on in November of 2015 to see the film through to its completion in April 2016.