September 2016 is already looking quite strong compared to years past. Thanks to a very appealing new release, this was a pretty big weekend, even despite two giant misses.
Prior to seeing ‘Sully‘, I was repeatedly asked, “How can the short Miracle on the Hudson story be turned into a feature film?” Although it seems that concern was on the minds of many, it didn’t stop moviegoers from seeing the movie. From 3,525 screens, the Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks true story drama made $35.5 million. ‘Sully’ marks the first Hollywood feature film to be shot (almost) entirely with IMAX cameras, a feat that Marvel was planning to achieve with the next set of ‘Avengers’ sequels, but Eastwood and co. beat them to it. From its 375 IMAX locations, ‘Sully’ drew an impressive $4 million. With great reviews, strong word of mouth and Oscar buzz, the film has ideal conditions for a long box office flight. Overseas, it drew $9.5 million from 39 markets. The numbers are only expected to fly higher the more it expands.
Screen Gems is having a very strong September. Its horror entry ‘Don’t Breathe’ sat atop the charts for two weeks and its new thriller ‘When the Bough Breaks‘ just had a healthy second place debut. From 2,246 screens, the psycho creeper scored $15 million, which is just what the $10 million picture needed. Considering the terrible reviews, it’s not expected to stick around for long, but even with a high drop-off each week, it already has what it needs to be successful. The film has not yet opened overseas.
Speaking of ‘Don’t Breathe‘, that movie still performed well in its third week. Its 48% drop-off was once again much lighter than other typical horror entries. With the additional $8.2 million, the picture has now earned a total of $66.8 million domestically and $20.3 million overseas. That $87.1 million worldwide total is nearly ten times the film’s budget. Director Fede Alvazes is making quite a name for himself. In the wake of this success, he announced last week that he’s also being granted a director’s cut Blu-ray release of his 2013 ‘Evil Dead‘ remake.
‘Suicide Squad‘ is refusing to throw in the towel. Now six weeks into its theatrical run, it landed in the #4 spot. This weekend resulted in $5.6 million domestically and $10.1 million overseas. The movie’s domestic total is up to $307.4 million and its international total sits at $392 million. By Monday evening, Warner Bros. and DC’s $175 million villain flick will have made $700 million worldwide.
Summit’s foray into family films certainly didn’t go as planned, but things aren’t as grim as they appear. From 2,493 locations, ‘The Wild Life‘ opened in fifth place to $3.4 million, equating to a measly $1,364 per-screen average. The $13.5 million picture would appear to be doomed. However, the Begian-French co-production opened overseas months ago (under the title ‘Robinson Crusoe’) and came into this weekend with $20.8 million already in the bank. With a worldwide total of $24.2 million, it appears that the North American release was little more than a formality.
If you thought that last week’s debut of ‘Morgan’ was a massive disappointment, you ain’t seen nothing yet. ‘The Disappointments Room‘ opened at #17 with a mere $1.4 million. That per-screen average of $901 is even worse than the $996 that ‘Morgan’ had last week. Produced on a budget of $15 million, this is indeed a disappointment.
1. ‘Sully’ (Warner Bros.) – $35,505,000
2. ‘When the Bough Breaks’ (Screen Gems) – $15,000,000
3. ‘Don’t Breathe’ (Screen Gems) – $8,210,000
4. ‘Suicide Squad’ (Warner Bros.) – $5,650,000
5. ‘The Wild Life’ (Summit) – $3,400,000
6. ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (Focus) – $3,230,000
7. ‘Pete’s Dragon’ (Buena Vista) – $2,938,000
8. ‘Bad Moms’ (STX) – $2,830,000
9. ‘Hell or High Water’ (Lionsgate) – $2,600,000
10. ‘Sausage Party’ (Sony) – $2,300,000