Weekend Wrap-up

Sully Leads Again; Blair Witch Scares Nobody

By Tim Briody

September 18, 2016

I keep getting distracted from flying the plane by my dramatic moustache!

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In fourth place we have Snowden, Oliver Stone’s biopic on the man responsible leaking large amounts of classified surveillance information, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Earning just $8 million, it’s shaping up to be a disappointment. It’s actually one of the lowest openings in Stone’s career. He hadn’t had a wide release open to less than $10 million since 1998’s U-Turn. The topic is something people generally don’t like to talk about, and given that Stone essentially portrays Snowden as a hero, it’s not a film with a big audience. The cast (also Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo and Zachary Quinto) may have drawn a few people in, but I don’t think they got what they were expecting. It’ll disappear quickly from here.

Horror hit Don’t Breathe is in fifth with $5.6 million, down 32% from last weekend. It’s earned $75.3 million in four weekends in theaters. It’s made its reported $10 million budget back many times over, and is one of the biggest horror hits of the year. It’s headed to a total of about $90 million.

African-American targeted thriller When the Bough Breaks takes a big hit in its second weekend, down a big 61% to sixth place and $5.5 million. That’s generally par for the course for this genre; September 2014’s No Good Deed and September 2015’s The Perfect Guy each had over 60% declines in their second frames after solid opening weekends. When the Bough Breaks has earned $22.6 million in 10 days and is headed to about $40 million, just fine for its $10 million budget.


Suicide Squad isn’t ending its run without a fight, it takes seventh place on the weekend with $4.7 million, off 18% from last weekend. After some concerns it wouldn’t hit $300 million after a $133 million opening, its now earned $313 million in seven weekends in theaters. The jewel(?) of the DC Cinematic Universe is headed to $330 million.

Animated entry The Wild Life surprised last weekend and holds pretty well with $2.6 million, down 21% from last weekend. With nothing else out there for younger audiences, it’s made $6.6 million on pure “well, gotta take the kids to see *something*” alone.

More animated entries occupy the bottom of the top ten, as Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings is in 9th with $2.5 million, giving it $44.2 million in five weekends and Pete’s Dragon takes tenth with $1.9 million, putting it at $72.8 million in six weekends.

Outside the top ten, faith-based entry Hillsong looked to crash the top ten after taking eighth place on Friday with $628,000, but its $1.3 million weekend was only good for 13th place.

This weekend of box office couldn’t hold a candle to last year, when Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Black Mass both opened well, giving the top 12 films $98.6 million, while this year’s top 12 could only manage $74.6 million. Next weekend, The Magnificent Seven remake looks to turn things around, as well as something new for families in the form of the animated Storks.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/16/16-9/16/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Sully Warner Bros. $22,000,000 -37% $70,541,000
2 Blair Witch Lionsgate $9,650,000 New $9,650,000
3 Bridget Jones's Baby Universal $8,240,000 New $8,240,000
4 Snowden Open Roads Films $8,023,329 New $8,023,329
5 Don't Breathe Sony $5,600,000 -32% $75,329,000
6 When the Bough Breaks Sony $5,525,000 -61% $22,698,000
7 Suicide Squad Warner Bros. $4,710,000 -18% $313,782,000
8 The Wild Life Lionsgate $2,650,000 -21% $6,664,269
9 Kubo and the Two Strings Focus Features $2,500,000 -21% $44,250,000
10 Pete's Dragon Disney $2,041,000 -34% $72,805,525
11 Hell or High Water Lionsgate $1,925,000 -22% $22,725,000
12 Bad Moms STX Entertainment $1,789,000 -31% $110,000,000
  Also Opening/Notables
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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