Box Office: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Rides To No. 1 With $35M
Could we be seeing a return to popularity for the big screen western? It would certainly seem that way from the impressive No. 1 debut of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, which topped the weekend box office with $35 million.
The remake of the iconic 1960 movie has now earned one of the biggest openings in history for a Western, not adjusting for inflation. Whether it’s due to solid marketing, strong word-of-mouth, or the star power of a cast that includes Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, The Magnificent Seven is already well on its way to earning big money for Sony and MGM. While you wouldn’t think a $35 million would be a great number for a movie that cost $90 million to make, the cost was divided among Sony, MGM, Village Roadshow and LStar Capital, so there was less of a financial burden upon any single studio. In addition, the film is doing pretty well overseas for a western, earning $24.8 million to bring its worldwide box office to $59.8 million so far. If it remains relatively steady, there’s no reason the movie shouldn’t at least make its money back.
At No. 2 for the weekend is another newcomer, this one an animated family film: the Warner Bros. comedy Storks, which earned $21.8 million. Like The Magnificent Seven, it underperformed somewhat, relative to expectations. But the film earned an additional $18.3 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to a slightly better $40.1 million. Again, to earn back its $70 million budget, the film will have to remain steady in the coming weeks. Given the relative lack of family fare, that shouldn’t be impossible. That said, you’d really think the debut would be stronger, between its Pixar-like premise and a voice cast that includes Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo. Hopefully, Warner Bros. doesn’t take too big of a hit on this one.
That said, even if they do, Warner Bros. still has a lot worth celebrating. After all, they claimed the No. 3 spot as well with Sully, which continues to prove that Clint Eastwood is still one of Hollywood’s most reliable directors, and Tom Hanks is one of its most bankable stars. The movie dropped a mere 36% in week three to earn $13.8 million. So far, its domestic total is creeping towards the $100 million milestone, earning $92.4 million.
At No. 4, Bridget Jones’s Baby continues to struggle, taking in just $4.5 million to bring its North American gross to a mere $16.5 million. However, the movie is performing really well overseas, taking in $67.1 million 10-day total to bring its worldwide haul to $83.6 million.
Rounding out the Top 5 is another film that has been struggling since opening last week, as Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden took a 48% hit, grossing just $4.1 million to bring its domestic total to a disappointing $15 million.
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: 09/26/2016
1. Magnificent Seven ($35 million)
2. Storks ($21.8 million)
3. Sully ($13.8 million)
4. Bridget Jones’s Baby ($4.5 million)
5. Snowden ($4.1 million)
6. Blair Witch ($4 million)
7. Don’t Breathe ($3.8 million)
8. Suicide Squad ($3.1 million)
9. When the Bough Breaks ($2.5 million)
10. Kubo and the Two Strings ($1.1 million)
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