Good Boys: Stupnitsky’s Comedy, Produced by Seth Rogen, Starring Jacob (Room) Tremblay

Universal’s Good Boys, representing Gene Stupnitsky’s feature directorial debut, is headed for a strong debut at the American box office.

If it crosses the $20 million figure, it will mark the first time that an R-rated comedy has come in No. 1 since The Boss in April 2016.

The Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced picture should score the best opening of the year for any comedy.

The tale follows a trio of 12-year-old boys who will do anything to gain admittance to a kissing party. Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon star.

After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Tremblay) is panicking because he does not know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends, Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams), decide to use Max’s dad’s drone, which they are forbidden to touch, to spy on a teenage couple making out.

But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is confiscated. Desperate to get it back before Max’s dad gets home, the boys skip school and set off on a poorly conceived journey that involves some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and terrifying teenage girls.

Heading into the weekend, Good Boys was anticipated to launch around $12 million-$15 million.