Blake Lively

Box office top 20: 'The Predator' takes down 'The Nun'

"The Predator" topped the North American box office despite controversy over the casting of a registered sex offender, though ticket sales were still modest for the new $88 million installment in the action sci-fi franchise.

The 20th Century Fox release, directed by Shane Black, debuted with $24.6 million domestically, according to final box-office figures Monday. In the weeks ahead of opening, Fox said that it cut a scene from "The Predator" with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after co-star Olivia Munn brought Striegel's background to the studio's attention. The fallout led to Black apologizing for casting his longtime friend for one scene, and a chaotic...