Weekend box office: Magnificent Seven beats Storks for the top spot

This turned out to be a pretty predictable weekend box office.  Denzel Washington delivered his guaranteed $30-$40 million opening, which has become so consistent the past decade that you can pretty much count on it.  He did have some help this time around with Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and others, but when Denzel is in a movie, it’s always going to be his movie.  The animated film, STORKS opened weak, barely managing more than $20 million.  Reviews were decent and it seemed to be something kids would like, but I think it suffered from a weird marketing campaign and a poor release date.

Next week will give us a few interesting box office additions.  First up is Tim Burton’s latest, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN.  Without knowing anything about the film or the book it’s based on, I can say based on the title that it’s the perfect film for Tim Burton.  We also have the first of the Mark Wahlberg starring and Peter Berg directed films this year, DEEPWATER HORIZON.  The film is getting some mixed reviews, so let’s hope PATRIOT’S DAY does better, especially if they have Oscar hopes.  Finally, we have MASTERMINDS, which has a great cast, including Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis, but doesn’t have the best trailers going for it.  Next weekend is a tough weekend to gauge because I want to say MAGNIFICENT SEVEN will repeat at the top, but DEEPWATER HORIZON could take the top spot.  The problem is that they’re basically competing for the same audience.  But I think I’d put my money on MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Magnificent Seven $35.3m

2. Storks $21.2m

3. Sully $13.9m

4. Bridget Jones’s Baby $4.8m

5. Snowden $4m

6. Blair Witch $3.9m

7. Don’t Breathe $3.7m

8. Suicide Squad $3.1m

9. When the Bough Breaks $2.4m

10. Kubo and the Two Strings $1.2m


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