With the newcomers failing to leave much of an impact at the box office, the path was clear for an early Oscar contender to repeat.
In the top spot once again is Sully, bringing in $22 million in its second weekend. That's just a 37.2 percent decrease from its debut, indicating that Clint Eastwood's drama has strong legs. The film has been able to parlay its strong word-of-mouth and critical reaction into solid commercial numbers. To date, it's grossed $70.5 million domestically and $93.9 million worldwide. Even as more high profile movies begin to open in the coming weeks, Sully should maintain its position as one of the season's strongest performers.
Opening in second place is the horror sequel Blair Witch (read our review), which earned $9.6 million in its first three days. That was well below expectations for a project that generated noticeable buzz following its surprise reveal at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. The likeliest culprit was probably the reviews, which mostly skewed towards the negative side of things. While some enjoyed what it had to offer, the general consensus was that it rehashed several plot elements and didn't bring much new to the table. That, coupled with the longterm success of Don't Breathe, did Blair Witch no favors. With interest this low at the start, it may not be able to turn things around as it continues its run. The good news is that it cost just $5 million to produce, so it might be profitable.
The #3 film is the new romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Baby (read our review), which opened with $8.2 million. That is the lowest debut for an installment in this franchise, a startling statistic considering that Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason opened in 530 theaters (compared to Baby's 2,927). Despite the movie scoring the best reviews out of any of the fresh releases, it couldn't connect with the audience - outside of its niche, of course. Perhaps twelve years between entries hurt its prospects. On the positive side of things, Bridget Jones's Baby has already made back its budget thanks to the foreign box office, so it should make a small profit for Universal.
Coming in fourth is Snowden (read our review). Oliver Stone's biopic of the controversial whistleblower posted $8 million in its opening weekend, a soft start for the $40 million production. Even though it was based on a recent event that made several headlines and took the nation by storm, the mixed response by critics didn't do it any favors. While it was perceived as a solid political thriller, Snowden wasn't exactly must-see on the big screen, and casual viewers probably stayed away.
Rounding out the top five is Don't Breathe. The horror hit added $5.6 million to its domestic total, which now stands at $75.3 million.
In sixth is When the Bough Breaks. The film made $5.5 million in its second weekend, increasing its Stateside gross to $22.6 million.
DC's Suicide Squad keeps chugging along, coming in seventh place with $4.7 million. The blockbuster has now made $313.7 million in the U.S.
The Wild Life comes in eighth with $2.6 million. The animated film has now made $6.6 million domestically.
The #9 film is Kubo and the Two Strings. Laika's latest critical darling earned $2.5 million in its fifth weekend to raise its Stateside total to $44.2 million.
Capping off the top ten is Disney's Pete's Dragon. The remake grossed $2 million over the weekend and is now at $72.8 million in the States.
[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 19 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo