Box Office: ‘Sully’ Flying High in its 2nd Frame
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s biographical drama Sully continues fly high in its 2nd weekend at the US box office.
New openings, Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby, came in behind expectations with $9.7-M and $8.2-M, respectively.
Oliver Stone’s Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden debuted to $8-M. It is the lowest opening of Mr. Stone’s career for a movie opening in more than 2,000 theaters.
Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, fell just 37% to $22 million for a domestic take of $70.5-M, according to weekend box office data.
Tom Hanks stars in the film as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who made a forced water landing on the Hudson River when his US Airways jet was disabled. Overseas, the pic cruised to another $7 million from 44 markets for a foreign total of $23.4 million and global cume of $93.9 million.
Sully came in # 1 domestically, followed by Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) Blair Witch, playing in 3,202 locations. The horror film earned a rare D+ from moviegoers.
Bridget Jones’s Baby, reuniting Renee Zellweger with Colin Firth and introducing Patrick Dempsey to the series, opened in 2,927 locations domestically.
The British-made film cost a relatively modest $35-M to make and should end up in the Black thanks to the overseas box office, where it opened to a rousing $30-M from 38 markets, enough to top the foreign weekend chart during a relatively quiet weekend.
Bridget Jones’s Baby, debuting to $38.1-M globally, disappointed at the North American box office earning a B+ CinemaScore.
Opening in 816 locations was the faith-based documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, which chronicles the popular Australia-based Christian band. The film opened to $1.3-M, likewise behind expectations.
New offerings at the specialty box office
Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years. The documentary debuted in 85 theaters with a weekend gross of $615,632 and location average of $7,243 at the same time it is being made available on Hulu. Including special Thursday-night screenings, the doc has collected $772,467 so far.
Mr. Church, marking Eddie Murphy’s turn on the big screen, his 1st since Y 2012, opened to $407,151 from 354 theaters for a weak location average of $1,150.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.