Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ + $22-M Debut Tops ‘Suicide Squad’
$TWX, $SNE, $CBS, $LGF
Southside With You, chronicling US President Barack Hussein Obama and Michelle Robinson’s Obama 1st date, DOA, specialty title ‘Hell or High Water’ finding audience on expansion.
Psychological horror-thriller Don’t Breathe posted $10-M Friday from 3,501 theaters Friday for a $22-M weekend box office.
That was enough to place it at # 1 as Summer comes to an end.
Suicide Squad, which has ruled the box office for the past 3 weekends, will come in # 2 with an estimated $12-M to finish Sunday with a domestic box office total of $282-M+ for Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX)
Don’t Breathe’s Friday’s take included $1.9-M earned in Thursday-night previews. Costing under $10-M to make, the film, from Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films, is the latest horror title to come in ahead of expectations at the Summer box office.
The R-rated film follows a delinquent teenage girl and her boyfriend, along with another friend, whose attempt to rob a blind man’s house takes a terrifying turn.
The late-August weekend includes the Jason Statham action film Mechanic: Resurrection and the Roberto Duran boxing biopic Hands of Stone.
Mechanic: Resurrection, a follow-up to the Y 2011 film The Mechanic, based on the 1972 Charles Bronson’s vigilanty hit, earned $2.6-M Friday for a $7-M weekend. Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) released the film on behalf of Millennium Films, Jessica Alba plays opposite Jason Statham.
Southside With You, follows a young Barack Hussein Obama and Michelle Robinson on their 1st date in 1989 when they were young lawyers, looks to be DOA in 811 locations, according to projections.
Miramax and Roadside Attractions partnered in picking up US rights to Southside out of the Sundance Film Festival.
The Weinstein Co.’s Hands of Stone starring Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez, also DOA, looks to take $2-M from 811 theaters. The film, which debuted out of competition in Cannes in May, tells the true story of famed Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Ramirez), who was coached to greatness in the 1970’s by trainer Ray Arcel (De Niro).
The film earned an A CinemaScore, which might augur well for the film’s expansion into as many as 2,500 theaters Wednesday, Aug. 31, the eve of the long Labor Day weekend.
At the specialty box office
CBS Films (NYSE:CBS) and Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water continues to prosper as it expands into a total of 909 theaters. The modern-day Western, will gross an estimated $3.5-M, pushing its domestic box office take to $8.5-M, one of the strongest showings of the year for a film getting a platformed release.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.