The true story of an American hero soared to the top of the box office this week, taking advantage of a relatively weak crop of competitors.
Coming at #1 is Sully (read our review), the biopic of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, he of the "Miracle on the Hudson." Taking advantage of positive word-of-mouth out of the fall film festivals, the latest from director Clint Eastwood grossed $35.5 million in its first three days, which is one of the strongest debuts in the Hollywood legend's career. The film cost just $60 million to produce, so it's well on its way to being a financial success for Warner Bros. Currently, the worldwide total stands at $45 million.
All in all, Sully should have a nice run as we make our way through the season. The film has been the recipient of early Oscar buzz, which will encourage moviegoers to check it out, and it has certainly found a niche with older audiences looking for a solid drama. Later this month, the likes of The Magnificent Seven will dethrone Sully from the top position on the charts, but this is a movie that will have decent legs over the course of the next several weeks.
When the Bough Breaks opens in second with $15 million. Though the romantic thriller received minimal marketing and was panned by critics, it still managed to attract a noteworthy crowd. It's already proven to be a worthwhile investment for ScreenGems, as its production budget was a minuscule $10 million. It will be interesting to see if it can continue to post healthy numbers as more and more high profile films make their way into theaters, but for the time being, the studio has to be quite pleased.
Last week's champ Don't Breathe falls to third in its third weekend. The horror film grossed $8.2 million, raising its domestic total to $66.8 million.
The #4 film is Suicide Squad, which made $5.6 million. DC's Worst. Heroes. Ever. have now brought in $307.4 million Stateside, good enough for eighth on the 2016 yearly chart, right behind Batman V Superman's $330.3 million.
Rounding out the top five is The Wild Life. The family film opened with $3.4 million, a result of its nonexistent marketing campaign and low demand for films in this particular demographic. Chances are, it won't stick around for long.
Kubo and the Two Strings comes in sixth, grossing $3.2 million in its fourth weekend. The latest from Laika has now made $40.8 million domestically.
In seventh is Pete's Dragon. Disney's remake added $2.9 million to its North American total, which now stands at $70 million.
Coming in eighth is Bad Moms, which brought in $2.8 million. The comedy is now up to $107.5 million in the U.S.
Western Hell or High Water repeats in the ninth spot, grossing $2.6 million. Taking advantage of the universally positive reviews (and rumblings of Oscar buzz), the indie has done very well for itself at the box office. So far, it's brought in $19.8 million domestically, eclipsing its $12 million production budget.
Capping off the top ten is Sausage Party. The R-rated animated romp grossed $2.3 million over the weekend, raising its total to $93.1 million.
Outside the top 10: Horror film The Disappointments Room was the very definition of a bomb, debuting in 17th place with a weak $1.4 million in three days. For comparison's sake, The Secret Life of Pets has been out for 10 weeks and grossed $1.5 million this past weekend. Very little was done in way of promoting Disappointments Room, and even the most devout cinephiles probably were not aware it was coming out.
[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 12 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo