Predictions have Quentin Tarantino’s tribute to Hollywood topping $40M, if the impressive box office turnout of Thursday’s $5.8M and Friday’s $15M hint at anything. The film will sit at second place behind Disney’s The Lion King, which premiered July 19, 2019.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, an actor trying to get his failing Hollywood career back on track with his stunt double best friend Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt. When Dalton is offered a film role, he and Booth come across the Manson family and a plot to murder actress Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie. The film also stars Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Al Pacino, among others.
The film premiered at Cannes International Film Festival in May to a six-minute standing ovation and rave reviews. Rotten Tomatoes currently gives the film a Certified Fresh rating at 86%, though as the weekend goes on, that could certainly change.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the ninth feature film directed by auteur Quentin Tarantino, best known for films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown. His more recent projects include Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. The film was released in the United States on July 26, 2019.