Box Office: Tom Hanks Flies To Top of Box Office With $35.5M Debut For ‘Sully’
Tom Hanks is back on top with a $35.5 million debut for the newest Clint Eastwood directorial effort, Sully.
Based on the true story of “The Miracle on the Hudson”, in which pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed a damaged US Airways jet in the Hudson River, Sully delivered the best opening for the post-Labor Day weekend, in addition to earning Clint Eastwood his second-best nationwide opening after American Sniper. Internationally, the film earned $9.5 million from its first 39 markets, bringing its worldwide total so far to a healthy $45 million. Granted, the film is still $15 million away from recouping its $60 million budget, but strong word-of-mouth should help carry this into profitability.
In second place was another newcomer, the psychological thriller When the Bough Breaks, starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair and Michael K. Williams. The film earned a solid $15 million, and while this is less than the opening Chestnut delivered with The Perfect Guy on this same weekend last year, the bar for success on this film is already pretty low, considering its modest $10 million budget. So it’s looking like When The Bough Breaks is already off to a strong start.
Don’t Breathe contributed to the popularity of thrillers this weekend, earning $8.2 million to come in at No. 3. To date, the film has earned $66.8 million domestically, on a budget of just $9.9 million. Needless to say, this is going to be a very profitable film for Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films, at this rate. It was enough to keep ahead of Suicide Squad, which dropped to No. 4 in its sixth weekend with $5.7 million. Still, the film has earned $307.4 million in North America, which is nothing to scoff at. In fact, it could end up being the most profitable DC Cinematic Universe film before it’s all said and done, as it has earned $700 million worldwide on a budget of $175 million.
Rounding out the top five was Belgian-French animated film The Wild Life, which earned $3.34 million despite some pretty terrible reviews from critics. The budget is just $13 million, so it doesn’t have as far to go to turn a profit as many other animated movies, but this isn’t a particularly encouraging start.
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: 09/12/2016
1. Sully ($35.5 Million)
2. When the Bough Breaks ($15 million)
3. Don’t Breathe ($8.2 million)
4. Suicide Squad ($5.7 million)
5. The Wild Life ($3.34 million)
6. Kubo and the Two Strings ($3.30 million)
7. Pete’s Dragon ($3.1 million)
8. Bad Moms ($2.6 million)
9. Hell or High Water ($2.5 million)
10. Sausage Party ($2.3 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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