It looks like Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer might have his first real box-office hit.
Brewer's new Footloose remake opened "better than expected" yesterday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, ending up at a $5.57 million gross for yesterday and projections for a chart-topping $17 million for the weekend.
If that projection holds up, Footloose's opening weekend could double the total domestic gross of Brewer's previous film, Black Snake Moan ($9 million) and approach the total domestic gross of his Hustle & Flow ($22 million). (Both numbers per Box Office Mojo.) It's also on-track to make back it's production budget — roughly $24 million — in short order.