While most major releases avoided opening against Sony’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ remake, the animated-comedy ‘Storks’ took on the star-studded release with moderate success. The two releases hoped to tackle Tom Hanks’ latest drama ‘Sully,’ which has dominated the box-office for the last two-weeks. Both ‘Storks’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’ might have a short-lived victory however, with Lionsgate, Disney and FOX all releasing their highly anticipated September lineup next weekend.
Taking first place overall on the domestic box-office charts this week was Sony’s ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ earning $35M across 3,674 locations. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
While missing the top-spot, the animated-comedy ‘Storks’ did manage to pull-in $21.81M for Warner Bros. Pictures during its debut in theaters. The film was released across 3,922 locations nationwide. ‘Storks’ was directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. The film features the voice-talents of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell.
‘Sully,’ also from Warner Bros. Pictures, dropped down to third-place overall this week with a $13.83M weekend. The film did remained in 3,955 locations nationwide. In just three weeks the drama has grossed over $92.39M for the studio, and has been highly praised. “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.
In fourth-place this week was the romantic-comedy ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ from Universal. The latest installment earned an additional $4.52M this weekend, while remaining in 2,930 locations nationwide. The film has now earned over $16.45M in just two-weeks, but another installment to the popular franchise seems unlikely at this point. ‘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.
Landing in fifth-place on the box-office charts this week was ‘Snowden’ with $4.14M. The film, which was screened at 2,443 locations, has now earned $15.13M in just two-weeks. ‘Snowden’ was directed by Oliver Stone, he also wrote the screenplay with Kieran Fitzgerald. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is Disney’s ‘The Queen of Katwe,’ which opened to just 52 theaters this week. Despite its extremely limited debut the film earned $305K domestically. “The Queen of Katwe” was directed by Mira Nair, working off a screenplay written by William Wheeler. THe film is based on an ESPN Magazine article and book written by Tim Crothers. The film stars Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.
Next weekend will have a multitude of options for moviegoers to choose from, and something from almost every genre. Releasing nationwide are ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ the long-delayed comedy ‘Masterminds,’ Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ and Disney’s ‘The Queen of Katwe’ will all open nationwide. Also releasing at the limited box-office are ‘American Honey,’ ‘Clinton, Inc.,’ ‘Denial’ and ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’.