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Weekend Box Office Report: September 16-18, 2016

09.18.2016

Sully still soars!

Tom Hanks safely landing a plane on the Hudson River remained the most interesting option for audiences this weekend, keeping SULLY in first place at the box office with an estimated $22 million!

Director Clint Eastwood's $60 million drama, which centers on real-life pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and the 2009 event, dipped only 37% from its opening last weekend to give SULLY a 10-day domestic total of $70.5 million.

Opening in second place was the new horror movie BLAIR WITCH with $9.6 million. The sequel obviously didn't capture the same attention that turned the 1999 "found footage" release into a pop-culture phenomenon that started with $29 million on its first wide weekend before ultimately grossing $248 million worldwide. (The derided 2000 follow-up BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS opened with $13.2 million and ended with $26.4 million.)

The latest visit to the haunted forest, from writer-director team Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard (THE GUEST, YOU'RE NEXT), only cost a reported $5 million to make. Critics weren't excited about getting lost in the woods again, giving the movie a 37% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

In third place was the new sequel BRIDGET JONES'S BABY with an opening of $8.2 million. The latest chapter reunited Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth after 2001's BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY (which opened with $10.7 million and made $281 million worldwide) and the 2004 follow-up BRIDGET JONES: EDGE OF REASON ($8.6 million opening and $262 million worldwide).

The romantic comedy cost a reported $35 million and has made an additional $29.9 million from international crowds. Critics were mostly pleased to see Bridget for the first time in 12 years, giving it a 78% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening in fourth place was director Oliver Stone's SNOWDEN with $8 million. The fact-based thriller, featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the CIA employee who leaked NSA surveillance secrets to the public, cost a reported $40 million to produce and has a current critical score of 58% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The R-rated horror movie DON'T BREATHE felt its way to fifth place with $5.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $75.3 million on its fourth weekend in theaters (on a $10 million budget). The Morris Chestnut/Regina Hall thriller WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS fell to sixth with $5.5 million, dropping 61% from its second-place opening last week.

SUICIDE SQUAD was in seventh with $4.7 million as the DC Comics super-criminals have now collected $718 million worldwide. The talking-animal family feature THE WILD LIFE followed in eighth with $2.6 million (down 20% from its soft opening last weekend), while Laika's stop-motion animated KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and Disney's live-action PETE'S DRAGON finished up the Top 10 this week.

Outside the chart, the acclaimed crime-drama HELL OR HIGH WATER just barely missed the list with $1.9 million, and R-rated comedies SAUSAGE PARTY and BAD MOMS retreated. Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy quietly returned to theaters in the drama MR. CHURCH, which made $407k on 354 screens.

Next weekend has Denzel Washington rounding up Chris Pratt and five other dudes for director Antoine Fuqua's remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, and computer-animated birds deliver babies in STORKS.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Sully $22 M $70.5 M
2. Blair Witch $9.6 M
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3. Bridget Jones's Baby $8.2 M
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4. Snowden $8 M
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5. Don't Breathe $5.6 M $75.3 M
6. When the Bough Breaks $5.5 M $22.6 M
7. Suicide Squad $4.7 M $313.7 M
8. The Wild Life $2.6 M $6.6 M
9. Kubo and the Two Strings $2.5 M $44.2 M
10. Pete's Dragon $2 M $72.8 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:32PM on 09/18/2016
on the flip side... Blair Witch's ending (no spoilers) could have done SO much more than whatbit actually did... a real missed opportunity
on the flip side... Blair Witch's ending (no spoilers) could have done SO much more than whatbit actually did... a real missed opportunity
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1:53PM on 09/18/2016
I enjoyed the Blair Witch and thought it was intense and scary. I know it wasn't the greatest movie, but the biggest critique was that it was basically the same movie as the first with some new things. Well what did these ppl expect about a witch haunting some woods and luring ppl to her lair to kill them. Anywho, I liked it and would recommend not letting the RT score sway any opinions of the movie
I enjoyed the Blair Witch and thought it was intense and scary. I know it wasn't the greatest movie, but the biggest critique was that it was basically the same movie as the first with some new things. Well what did these ppl expect about a witch haunting some woods and luring ppl to her lair to kill them. Anywho, I liked it and would recommend not letting the RT score sway any opinions of the movie
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5:08PM on 09/18/2016
If it's basically the same movie, then what's the point?
If it's basically the same movie, then what's the point?
6:23PM on 09/18/2016
You're not a horror movie guy, are ya? Friday The 13, Final Destination, Etc - all the sequels are basically the same movie with some new things... Didn't Sam Raimi even say Evil Dead 2 was a essentially a remake of Evil Dead 1, just a bigger budget?
You're not a horror movie guy, are ya? Friday The 13, Final Destination, Etc - all the sequels are basically the same movie with some new things... Didn't Sam Raimi even say Evil Dead 2 was a essentially a remake of Evil Dead 1, just a bigger budget?
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