Box Office Results: Blair Witch scares off Bridget Jones and Snowden
Three major releases joined the box-office this week, with the thriller ‘Blair Witch,’ the comedy ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ and the drama ‘Snowden’ all hoping to claim the top-spot. It was a close race for all three releases, which did moderately well considering that they are opening on a crowded weekend at the box-office.
Even with three new releases hitting local cinemas, Tom Hanks’ biopic on Captain Sully remained at number-one this week, the film brought in $22M across 3,525 locations. That raises the film’s two-week running total to just over $70.54M domestically. “Sully” was directed by Clint Eastwood, working off a screenplay written by Todd Komarnicki and based on the book ‘Highest Duty‘ written by Chesley Sullenberger.
Horror-thriller “Blair Witch” from Lionsgate took the number-two spot with an estimated $9.65M this weekend. Lionsgate released the film across 3,121 locations this week. ‘Blair Witch’ was directed by Adam Wingard, working off a script written by Simon Barrett. The film stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez and Corbin Reid.
‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ wasn’t far behind, picking up $8.24M for Universal to take third-place overall on the domestic charts. The romantic-comedy hit 2,927 locations across the country this weekend. ‘Bridget Jones Baby’ was directed by Sharon Maguire, working off a screenplay written by Helen Fielding and Dan Mazer. The film stars Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.
Debuting at fourth-place was ‘Snowden,’ which opened to 2,443 locations, earning $8.02M overall. ‘Snowden’ was directed by Oliver Stone, he also wrote the screenplay with Kieran Fitzgerald. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend was another horror-thriller, the ScreenGem summer hit ‘Don’t Breathe’. The film remained in 3,208 locations this week, despite ‘Blair Witch’ releasing nationwide. The film brought in another $5.6M over the weekend, bumping the film’s four-week running total to $75.33M domestically.
Next week will introduce two more films to the box office charts, the western ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ and the animated-comedy ‘Storks’.