“Sully” Continues to Soar, Beats “Bridget Jones,” “Blair Witch,” “Snowden” 


It was a horrible weekend at the box-office. According to Deadline, at $89M, the weekend of 9/16-18 was the worst this year. Prior to that, the weekend of 2/5-7 was the lowest with $95M.

But, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks made Warner Bros. happy with “Sully” dominating the competition with $22 million. So far, the biopic has made $70.5M at the box-office.

Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch” on the other hand, failed miserably. Projected to make between $15-$20M this weekend, the threequel managed to eke out a mere $9.7M at the box-office landing at Number 2. And with a horrible CinemaScore of D+, we can say the film is dead on arrival. What happened? I thought the movie, which was over-buzzed beginning with its secret Comic-Con screening and ending at the Toronto International Film Festival, was good enough, certainly better than the sequel “The Book of Shadows.” But alas, audiences seemed to not care.

Also underperforming was “Bridget Jones’ Baby” at Number 3 with $8.2M. I thought the movie was funny and buoyant with Renee Zellweger front and center. But don’t cry for Zellweger and company, the threequel made almost $30M at the international box-office. With a budget of $35M, Universal will be able to recoup its investment in no time.

Don’t cry for Oliver Stone and “Snowden” either according to its studio Open Road Films. Debuting at Number 4 with $8M (projected to make $10M), the biopic starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley received a high CinemaScore grade of A so it has legs leading up to the award season.

Here’s the Top 10 box-office films in North America for weekend of 9/16-18:

1. Sully - $22 million
2. Blair Witch - $9.7 million
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby - $8.2 million
4. Snowden - $8 million
5. Don’t Breathe - $5.6 million
6. When the Bough Breaks - $5.5 million
7. Suicide Squad - $4.7 million
8. The Wild Life - $2.7 million
9. Kubo and the Two Strings - $2.5 million
10. Pete’s Dragon - $2 million

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