Box Office Wrap Up: Don’t Breathe Silences Suicide Squad.
Home invasion horror flick Don’t Breathe successfully stole first place from Suicide Squad during a strong box office weekend.
Warner Brothers had to surrender the top spot to the surprise hit Don’t Breathe. The horror/thriller about three teens who break into the house of an unstable blind killer earned a remarkable 26 million dollars against just a 9 million dollar budget. The film, make by the same team who remade Evil Dead in 2013, beat early projections and has enjoyed acclaim from both critics and audiences. With only one new wide release film slated for this weekend, it has a strong chance of repeating in first place.
Suicide Squad had to settle for second place, but Warner should be happy with the results from their latest super team. Despite controversy and middling reviews, the film has gone on to make just shy of 300 million at home, and nearly 360 million overseas. Warner and DC are obviously still hammering out the kinks in their shared cinematic universe, but the success of Suicide Squad should increase confidence in the franchise.
August saw a marked increase in movie ticket sales, despite some heavy flops such as Ben-Hur, Nine Lives, and Pete’s Dragon. This weekend was just shy of 100 million dollars in total sales for the top ten films, a healthy record. You have to go all the way back to mid July to find a week that did not out-perform the same frame from a year ago. With many of the biggest films of the year waiting for winter (such as Rogue One, Doctor Strange and Assassin’s Creed) 2016 is looking to be a great year for Hollywood.
Team Laika’s animated folk tale, Kubo and the Two Strings, has failed to find audiences for a second week, ending up at third place. The film had a weak debut, and failed to gain any traction this week. It also has not found much of a foreign audience, taking in a paltry 2 million abroad.
Jason Statham had a solid opening with Mechanic: Resurrection, taking in 7 million, good enough for 5th place. That may seem like a lousy opening, but the film was flirting with a straight to digital release until recently. Any sized opening is gravy for Statham, who has traditionally done well with his action movies via the rental and home sales market.
Hands of Stone gets cold feet?
The Robert De Niro led biopic of legendary boxer Roberto Durand, Hands of Stone, decided to drastically shrink it’s market share this week. The Weinstein Company opted for a more limited 800 screen release this week, with plans to gradually expand in time for the busy Labor Day weekend. There isn’t much in the way of competition in the genre, but a crowded field of new releases probably led to Hands of Stone waiting to make a splash next weekend when only one new film, The Light Between Oceans, is set to premier.