“Sully” led the box office for the second straight week, collecting $22 million as the newest offerings didn’t even crack $10 million.
“Sully’s” take dropped just 37 percent from last week and is just shy $1.8 million of the entire run of Tom Hanks’ “Bridge of Spies,” Box Office Mojo reported. Entertainment Weekly said the film could become Hanks’ top-grossing live action film since “Angel & Demons” (2009). After just 10 days, the film has grossed $70 million.
Next week “Sully” will have competition from “The Magnificent Seven,” which opens in 3,600 theaters, and “Storks,” which opens in more than 3,800 theaters.
“Sully” is the story of Chelsea Sullenberger, who managed in 2009 to land US Airways Flight 1549 safely on the Hudson River after Canada geese took out his engines shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York. The film focuses on the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the incident. It was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.
“Blair Witch,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and “Snowden” made their debuts. “Blair Witch” took in $9.65 million, well south of the $20 million it had been predicted to generate. The film is a sequel to “The Blair Witch Project,” which was released 17 years ago. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 37 percent score and CinemaScore gave it a D+.
Coming in third was rom-com “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” which generated $8.2 million and a 78 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was the worst opening for the franchise despite strong reviews and its opening in more theaters than either of its predecessors, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” or “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.”
The Hollywood Reporter noted “Bridget Jones” topped the international box office with $30 million. It opened No. 1 in 24 markets.
“Snowden,” the story of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, came in fourth at just $8 million in ticket sales and despite an A from CinemaScore, marking the lowest opening of director Oliver Stone’s career.
“The Secret Life of Pets” crossed the $800 million mark in the worldwide box office. The film grossed $363.4 million in the United States and $441.6 million overseas, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2016, Box Office Mojo said.