Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy' gets early start on July 4 holiday box office

By Daniel S Levine,

Melissa McCarthy is back in theaters for an extended debut weekend. Tammy officially opens today, but some audiences rushed out to see it during early showings last night. The film did as well as could be expected for a work day.

Tammy, which pairs the beloved actress with Susan Sarandon, opened to $1.3 million in North America last night, reports The Hollywood Reporter. That’s much better than this year’s other female-centered hit comedy The Other Woman, which got just $500,000 from early showings.

Other McCarthy films have done well with early screenings. The Heat with Sandra Bullock, made $1 million, while Identity Thief scored $450,000.

Tammy is one of four movies opening wide this holiday weekend. The others are the family film Earth to Echo, Dinesh D’Souza’s conservative documentary America and the horror movie Deliver Us From Evil.

None of these films really stand a chance to beat Transformers: Age of Extinction, which made around $100 million last weekend. According to TheWrap, Age of Extinction is expected to add around $65 million this weekend.

As for Tammy, analysts peg its opening at between $45 million and $50 million. It only cost $20 million to make, so the producers should be happy.

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