Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper grossed a modest $1.95 million in Thursday-night previews at the North American box office, losing to Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which earned $2.6 million.
It remains to be seen whether Skyscraper can pull ahead and beat Dracula and crew for the weekend. Prerelease tracking suggests Johnson's latest film will earn $33 million-$40 million in its U.S. debut. The action-disaster pic, from Legendary and Universal, reteams Johnson with his Central Intelligence director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, and is the actor's fourth movie in a little over a year after Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Rampage.
Skyscraper's preview performance came in behind Johnson's action pics Rampage ($2.4 million) and San Andreas ($3.1 million). Rampage, released in April, opened to $35.8 million, while San Andreas impressed with $54.5 million on its first weekend in summer 2015.
Sony's Hotel Transylvania 3 is tracking to open to $38 million-$45 million, although the studio is being more conservative in suggesting $35 million. The first Hotel Transylvania debuted to $42.5 million, followed by $48.5 million for the sequel. Both launched in September.
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