Why Chris Hemsworth’s ‘Blackhat’ May Not Break Out Despite Timely Cyber-Terror Plot

“Blackhat,” the Michael Mann-directed movie about international cyberhacking that opens Friday, could hardly be more timely given the November attack on Sony Pictures. But the R-rated thriller starring Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis is a very long shot to break out at the box office over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend that kicks off Friday.

It’s projected to take in around $10 million over the four days — not what Legendary Entertainment and distributor Universal Pictures envisioned from “Blackhat,” which has a $70 million production budget.

The Bradley Cooper Iraq War saga “American Sniper” will be coming in with huge momentum and is expected to dominate a very busy weekend. It’s had a terrific limited run and could well receive a Best Picture

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