STX Entertainment picked up the film, which on Sunday handed the five-year-old startup studio its first no. 1 launch at the box office. Launched in 2014 with a mission to make the sort of mid-budgeted, star-driven movies the studios have more and more deserted, STX has had some successes (“Bad Moms,” ”The Foreigner,” the critically acclaimed “The Edge of Seventeen”) but has often struggled to find breakout hits. Last year’s “The Happytime Murders,” with Melissa McCarthy, was one of many 2017’s most obvious flops.
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