Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Scares Up Impressive $26.1 Million Debut
The three-week reign of Suicide Squad has come to an end, as horror thriller Don’t Breathe claimed the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office.
Don’t Breathe scared up $26.1 million, a terrific number for a film that cost only $10 million to make. It’s the latest in a long line of horror movies striking it rich at the summer box office, as The Purge: Election Year, The Conjuring 2, and Lights Out both took small budgets and turned them into big profits. Of course, out of all of those movies, Don’t Breathe has received the most critical acclaim, sitting at an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes as of press time. And, honestly, it’s well-earned. Don’t Breathe is less horror film than straight-up thriller, as three thieves break into a house one night only to end up in a seemingly never-ending fight for survival. It just had such an amazing atmosphere, and a genuinely terrifying villain. If you get the chance, see it in a packed theater. It’s one of those experiences that’s totally worth it.
But enough unpaid shilling, how did the other movies do?
Well, as mentioned, Suicide Squad dropped to No. 2 in its fourth weekend, earning $12.1 million to bring its domestic gross to $282.9 million in its first month of release. The additional $19.7 million international gross, which brings the film to $353.1 million overseas, means the DC film has now reached $636 million worldwide.
Among other newcomers this week, it was a struggle for the latest Jason Statham film. The Mechanic: Resurrection opened to $7.5 million, well below the first movie’s $11.4 million debut five years ago. Despite a solid cast that includes Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh, the action movie slumped to a No. 5 finish.
Elsewhere on the list, the news was good for animation of both the kid-friendly and adult-themed variety. The critically-acclaimed Kubo and the Two Strings landed at No. 3 with $7.9 million, while the raunchy, R-rated Sausage Party continued its surprising run with a fourth-place finish, earning $7.7 million.
In other box office news, Ben-Hur remained in freefall, just barely clinging to a top 10 spot, earning a dismal $4.5 million to come in at No. 10. Meanwhile, the Jonah Hill/Miles Teller-starrer War Dogs, from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, took a 51 percent hit in week two, earning $7.2 million for the weekend.
The news was much better for Jason Bourne, however. Despite earning just $5.2 million domestically, which was good for a ninth-place finish, the movie did massive business in its debut in China, earning over $50 million, more than any previous Bourne movie earned in its Chinese opening.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 08/29/2016
1. Don’t Breathe ($26.1 million)
2. Suicide Squad ($12.1 million)
3. Kubo and the Two Strings ($7.9 million)
4. Sausage Party ($7.7 million)
5. Mechanic: Resurrection ($7.5 million)
6. Pete’s Dragon ($7.28 million)
7. War Dogs ($7.26 million)
8. Bad Moms ($5.8 million)
9. Jason Bourne ($5.2 million)
10. Ben-Hur ($4.5 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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