Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ at #1 takes in $35-M
$AMZN, $CMCSA, $DIS, $LGF, $SNE, $TWX
Animated family offering ‘Storks’ places # 2 with a $21.8-M debut, ‘Queen of Katwe debuts at the specialty box office.
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven opened to $35-M from 3,674 theaters, placing # 1 in North America.
Magnificent Seven benefited from a cast led by Denzel Washington, solid reviews and an a A-CinemaScore from audiences. Pre-release tracking had suggested the movie might hit $40-M.
From Sony (NYSE:SNE) and MGM, Magnificent Seven is a remake of the Y 1960 movie, a remake Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
Warner Bros.’, a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), animated family film Storks, came in # 2 with $21.8-M from 3,922 theaters. Like Magnificent Seven, underperforming industry tracking.
Overseas, Storks opened to $18.3-M from 33 markets for a worldwide bow of $40.1-M.
Storks, produced for roughly $70-M by Warner Animation Group, was directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. It earned an A-CinemaScore.
Warners also claimed the # 3 spot with Clint Eastwood’s box-office hit Sully, the adult drama starring Tom Hanks. The movie declined just 36% in its 3rd frame to $13.8-M for a domestic box office take through Sunday of $92.4-M. Plus a foreign total of $35.4-M and worldwide take of $126.9-<.
Universal, a unit of Comcast (NYSE:CMCSA) and Working Title’s Bridget Jones’s Baby placed #4 in its 2nd weekend, declining 47% to $4.5% for a soft 10-day North American take of $16.5-M. Overseas, where it took in another $21.9-M for a 10-day foreign total of $67.1-M and global box office of $83.6-M.
New offerings at the specialty box office included Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Queen of Katwe directed by Mira Nair and starring Madina Nalwanga as real-life Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi. David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o star.
Disney partnered with ESPN on the film, which hopes to be an awards contender. Katwe earned an estimated $305,000 for a location average of $5,865. The drama skewed female (54%), while nearly 30% of ticket buyers were over the age of 50.
Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Broad Green’s The Dressmaker, an adult drama starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth opened in 33 theaters in North America, including several in Canada, grossing $180,522 for a box office average of $5,015.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.