It was a very slow Labor Day weekend at the box office, which benefitted the holdovers more than the newcomers.
In the number one spot again is Don’t Breathe with $15.7 million. The horror film dropped only 40.6 percent from its opening weekend, indicating that it has strong legs commercially and has found a sizable audience. To date, it’s grossed $51.1 million domestically, far surpassing its minuscule $9.9 million production budget. Thanks to its strong reviews, Don’t Breathe has been another bright spot at the end of summer and did well financially.
Suicide Squad comes in second, making $10 million in its fifth weekend. The latest installment in the DC Extended Universe is now up to $297.4 million in the United States, topping the domestic total of Man of Steel. It now stands at an impressive $672.9 million worldwide, notching another box office success for the DCEU.
In third is Pete’s Dragon with $6.4 million. The family film increased its domestic total to $64.2 million.
The #4 film is Kubo and the Two Strings, which brought in $6.4 million during its third weekend. It now stands at $34.3 million.
Rounding out the top five is Sausage Party. The R-rated animated romp brought in another $5.3 million to raise its domestic total to $88.4 million.
In sixth is the new film The Light Between Oceans (read our review), which grossed $4.9 million in its first three days. The smaller movie was aided by the presence of stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, providing it with recognizable names to draw in the indie crowds. It was also aided by generally positive reviews, which encouraged members of its target audience to check it out.
Coming in seventh is Bad Moms. The comedy continues to be one of the more reliable moneymakers of the summer, bringing in $4.7 million in its sixth weekend. It now stands at $102.5 million Stateside, officially confirming its status as one of the rare hits in summer 2016.
Coming in eighth is War Dogs. The dark comedy added $4.7 million to its U.S. total, which is now $35.2 million.
Western Hell or High Water is the #9 film, getting a boost thanks to an increased number of locations. The film, which has been in theaters for the better part of a month, grossed $4.5 million over the weekend. Domestically, it’s brought in a total of $14.6 million.
Capping off the top ten is Mechanic: Resurrection. The action sequel grossed $4.2 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic numbers to $14.4 million.
Outside the top 10: New sci-fi film Morgan (read our review) was an absolute disaster for Fox, making only $1.9 million in its first three days. That ranked 17th on the weekend charts and barely beat Finding Dory, which has been playing since June. Morgan had a minimal marketing campaign, so awareness was obviously an issue. On top of that, the critical reception was not very enthusiastic, causing many viewers to skip it.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 5 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo