1. Sully – $35 million [debut week] Tom Hanks is about as reliable a bankable movie star you can get. Since 2000, he’s only failed to open a film with at least $12 million once (Charlie Wilson’s War in 2007 with $9.6 million) His latest, about the Miracle on the Hudson, looks heading for another strong box office payday.
Sully opened stronger than Hanks’ Philadelphia co-star Denzel Washington’s similar themed Flight. That opened in 2012 to $24 million in 1,641 fewer theaters en route to a $93 million total domestic gross. Touted as a decent early Oscar frontrunner, Sully should eclipse that total since it has a jump on other Oscar-buzzy films.
2. When the Bough Breaks – $15 million [debut week] The Morris Chestnut/Regina Hall domestic thriller scared up a decent haul in its opening weekend. Budgeted for $10 million, Bough already recouped the cost for distributor Screen Gems.
Screen Gems is enjoying a stronger second half of the year. Things got off to a rocky start when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies got massacred at the box office with an undead $10 million total gross. Don’t Breathe performed above expectations. The Sony Pictures distribution wing probably made the right call in not screening it for critics.
Those who have seen it haven’t been kind as the film currently sits at an astonishing zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Not gonna lie, that almost has me curious enough to pay to see if it’s that big a trainwreck or just another Suicide Squad level critic overreaction.
3. Don’t Breathe – $8.2 million [3rd week; $66.8 million total] The home invasion thriller continues to set up shop on the box office charts. For its fourth weekend, Don’t Breathe gained an additional 333 theaters and continues to be one of the year’s best investments. With a $9.9 million budget, the film has more than proved worth the risk.
4. Suicide Squad – $5.6 million [ 7th week; $307 million] Impressively for the film critics couldn’t bash enough, DC’s latest film crossed the $300 million domestic mark and continues to be a Top 5 performer. It’s latest haul puts it at No. 8 for 2016’s highest grossing films. I’m figuring Doctor Strange and Rogue One will combine to drop it to No. 11 by the end of the year, but for now this is a big win for Warner Bros.
5. The Wild Life – $3.4 million [debut week] The animated film looking at Robinson Cruso’s journey on an island barely registered with audiences.