Box Office Wrap Up: The West Is The Best

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Magnificent Seven Wrangles Up The Top Spot In The Box Office

Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven rode off with a domestic debut of $35 million, placing No. 1 in North America and corralling one of the top openings of all time for a Western.

Historically westerns are a tough sell, but Magnificent Seven benefited from great word of mouth from audiences and critics alike. Unlike Ben Hur, Magnificent Seven didn’t rest on its brand and enlisted an all-star cast, led by Denzel Washington.

The current record-holder for a live-action Western is Cowboys & Aliens ($36.4 million), but including animated offerings, Rango is the champ with $38.1 million.

In second place animated film Storks featuring the voices of Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer is a story about a gaggle of storks who want to deliver babies. storks Box Office Wrap Up

Storks was a hit earning an A- CinemaScore. Critics was slightly less enthusiastic, with 63% of Rotten Tomatoes score.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros true life tale Sully continues to fly high, with the Tom Hanks disaster film estimated to clear $13 million in its third weekend. No doubt Magnificent Seven cannibalized some of Sully’s business.

Blair Witch tumbled a not so surprising 68% on its second Friday, barely making $4 million for the weekend. It appears that the latest Blair Witch Project won’t even surpass the gross sequel Book Of Shadows.

Bridget Jones’s Baby took fourth place in the box office with $4.5 million, pushing the romantic comedy’s domestic total to a lackluster $16.5 million after two weeks of release.

Oliver Stone’s Snowden earned $1.215 million on its second Friday at the box office, for a 60% drop from last Friday. Still, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Shailene Woodley NSA spying drama earned around $4 million for the weekend for a domestic total of $15 million.

1. The 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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