Coming as no surprise this weekend saw the $90 million budgeted Magnificent Seven remake take the number one spot with $35 million. A solid number for late September, but I was expecting a tad more for something featuring Pratt and Washington. Perhaps remake fatigue and a genuine uninterest in the Western genre has affected it somewhat. However it does mark the 13th number 1 and takings of over $20million for Denzel, making him one of the last true movie stars who can open a film with name alone.
Second place saw WB animation Storks swoop in with $21.8 million on a $70 million budget. Also taking $18.3 million internationally, albeit in only 18 territories (the UK gets it this Oct), it’s hard to tell if this one will have legs but the A- Cinemascore is optimistic of its chances.
Clint Eastwood’s Sully continued its impressive hold with $13.8 million in its third weekend to push its domestic total to $92 mill. Add in the international grosses and it has amassed a decent $126 million so far. A terrific amount for a mid-sized budgeted film and proof the 86yr old director can still pack them in.
Fourth place belonged to Bridget Jones’s Baby with $4.5 million and a scant $16 million so far. However add in the sizeable $67.1 million it has made internationally (or more accurately here in the UK) and it has done pretty decent business with $83.6 million. Not a patch on the immensely successful original film but it has made a good return.
Oliver Stone’s Snowden rounded out the top 5 with $4.1 million and $15 million so far. Made for $40 million it’s not a flop or a hit, it just sort of sits there. Internationally may help but I’m not sure it has much audience interest outside of the US.
Next week sees the nationwide rollout of Disney’s Queen of Katwe, but it did have a typical American limited release this weekend. These limited releases become more popular as awards season approaches, primarily designed as a word of mouth booster. $305,000 in 52 locations is a decent amount and with its A+ Cinemascore the limited release strategy may pay off.