A new champion emerged at the box office this weekend, as audiences were in for a great scare.
Coming in the top spot is Don't Breathe (read our review), which made $26.1 million in its first three days. The horror film was the benefactor of very positive reviews, which certainly helped it find a good deal of commercial appeal. Over the past few years, the end of August has been a lucrative place for the genre, and this was no different. Don't Breathe actually opened slightly higher than Fede Alvarez's last movie, Evil Dead ($25.7 million), so this is a great start for the film.
It will be interesting to see how Don't Breathe holds up over time. There's a good chance that it has decent legs, especially since it's generated strong word-of-mouth. The production budget was a measly $9.9 million, so it's well on its way to turning a nice profit for ScreenGems. Alvarez is quickly climbing up the ranks as a premier horror director.
Falling to second in its fourth weekend is Suicide Squad with $12.1 million. The DC Comics adaptation had a stellar run throughout August due to limited competition, but the arrival of the acclaimed Don't Breathe proved to be too much to deal with. It's now up to $282.8 million domestically.
In third is Kubo and the Two Strings with $7.9 million. The latest from Laika dropped just 37.3 percent in its second weekend, which is an excellent hold. While the film hasn't found a large audience, there are still plenty of moviegoers supporting it, keeping it hanging around the top five for at least one more week. Its domestic total currently stands at $24.9 million.
The #4 film is Sausage Party, which made $7.6 million in its third weekend. The small-budgeted animated film is now up to $80 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five Mechanic: Resurrection (read our review). The action sequel brought in $7.5 million during its first three days, which was in line with expectations. However, its performance is continued evidence that Jason Statham (as a solo headliner) isn't the big star he once was, so it will be fascinating to see if he sticks with ensemble pieces like Fast & Furious for a while.
In sixth is Pete's Dragon with $7.2 million. Its Stateside total now stands at $54.7 million.
Plummeting to seventh is War Dogs, which came in third last week. The dark comedy made $7.2 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $27.7 million.
Bad Moms is in eighth with $5.7 million. The comedy is now up to $95.4 million.
The #9 film is Jason Bourne, which made $5.2 million in its fifth weekend. The action sequel has now grossed $149.3 million in the U.S.
Capping off the top ten is Ben-Hur. The flop added $4.3 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $19.5 million.
[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, August 29 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo