Weekend box office: Sully easily takes the top spot

This weekend might have given us the first real Oscar contender with Clint Eastwood’s SULLY (click the link to read our review).  With over $34 million at the weekend box office the film has probably already done well enough to mentioned in early Oscar talk.  Of course, there’s a long way to go and people are so accustomed to Tom Hanks being great that the buzz could easily fizzle by next year.  WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS also opened this weekend and did well enough to grab the second spot.  The last new movie this weekend was the animated film, THE WILD LIFE, which came in seventh place with around $2.7 million.  That doesn’t seem like much, but considering it had very little marketing and most people hadn’t even heard of it, I would say that’s not bad.

Next week should be an interesting weekend.  First up is BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, starring Renee Zellweger.  It’s strange, but the thing people know most about this movie is that Zellweger doesn’t look like Zellweger anymore.  I’m not sure her appearance is going to make much of a difference since it has been 12 years since we’ve had a Bridget Jones movie and I’m not sure anyone cares what she’s been up to.  We also get SNOWDEN, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which I would normally be excited about, but I’m skeptical Oliver Stone has the ability to tell a good, unbiased story anymore.  Finally, there’s BLAIR WITCH, which I’m guessing will take the top spot next weekend.  I don’t think anyone cares about how it’s related to the original, but I do think audiences want a big name horror movie and BLAIR WITCH will have to suffice.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Sully $34.5m

2. When the Bough Breaks $14.5m

3. Don’t Breathe $7.9m

4. Suicide Squad $5.2m

5. Kubo and the Two Strings $3.2m

6. Pete’s Dragon $3m

7. The Wild Life $2.7m

8. Bad Moms $2.6m

9. Hell or High Water $2.5m

10. Sausage Party $2.2m


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