Box Office: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ and ‘Snowden’ Bomb, ‘Sully’ Holds Onto No. 1
Another week, another No. 1 showing for the latest Clint Eastwood film, as Sully remained at No. 1 with $21.7 million. The film, based on a true story, is yet another win for star Tom Hanks, who’s looking to duplicate this box office success with the upcoming Inferno in October. However, with the success for Eastwood and Hanks comes disastrous news for incoming competitors.
Although the film came in at No. 2, Blair Witch disappointed in a big way. Although it was expected to earn close to $20 million this weekend, it struggled with a tepid $9.6 million opening. Blair Witch, a direct sequel to the iconic 1999 found footage film, The Blair Witch Project, is a film that was expected to be carried on franchise name value alone, considering the movie has a relatively unknown cast. With that said, the movie isn’t exactly a flop. It only cost around $5 million to make, so it’s likely to still turn a profit before it’s all said and done. But this is likely the end of the franchise.
Snowden, meanwhile, was looking far less optimistic. With its $8 million debut, Snowden is now the worst wide opening of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s career. The film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, landed at No. 4. Still, Snowden technically wasn’t as big of a bomb, relative to expectations, as the weekend’s third big newcomer.
Bridget Jones’s Baby, which brings Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth back to the franchise for a third film, earned an underwhelming $8.6 million, despite filmmakers hoping for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 numbers, to the tune of around $17.8 million. Sure, the movie landed at No. 3, but Bridget Jones’s Baby was expected to do far better than its sub-$10 million number. So yeah, it’s not exactly looking great for a potential adaptation of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, although I’m not sure how many fans really want to see that novel adapted anyway, considering the controversy surrounding one of its major off-screen plot points.
But how did the rest of the films perform at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 09/19/2016
1. Sully ($21.7 million)
2. Blair Witch ($9.6 million)
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby ($8.6 million)
4. Snowden ($8.0 million)
5. Don’t Breathe ($5.6 million)
6. When the Bough Breaks ($5.5 million)
7. Suicide Squad ($4.7 million)
8. The Wild Life ($2.8 million)
9. Kubo and the Two Strings ($2.5 million)
10. Pete’s Dragon ($2.2 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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