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Gasp! “Don’t Breathe” Survives at the Top; “Suicide Squad” Keeps Grinding it Out


Biff Bam Pop maestro Andy Burns is having a blast at Fan Expo (see J.P. Fallavolita’s essential strategy guide to Fan Expo survival). So I’m tackling the weekend box office predictions this time around. On Friday, I posed the question could Suicide Squad crawl back on top during the slow Labour Day weekend? My guess was no, betting that the horror flick Don’t Breathe would top the weekend, as well as Suicide Squad. So how did I do?

I did pretty good is the answer. But not great. There were a couple of hard to pin down debuts in the mix. The period romance The Light Between Oceans and the sci-fi horror flick Morgan both underperformed significantly. So my picks:

  1. Don’t Breathe – $15 million
  2. Suicide Squad – $10 million
  3. Morgan – $8 million
  4. The Light Between Oceans – $7 million
  5. Sausage Party – $5 million

And here’s what happened:

  1. Don’t Breathe – $15 million
  2. Suicide Squad – $10 million
  3. Pete’s Dragon – $6.5 million
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings – $6.5 million
  5. Sausage Party – $5 million

So I nailed three of five. But those pesky debuts really suckered me. The Light Between Oceans just missed $5 million. And Ridley Scott’s son Luke whiffed badly with his feature debut. Morgan pulled in a paltry $2 million. Guess the artificial girl with powers genre is already getting played out.


Suicide Squad’s $10 million pushed it toward $672 million, still $100 million shy of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s performance. It’s got the rest of the year, but I don’t think it’s gonna make it. No pressure, Wonder Woman. You got this.

The kids’ flicks had the real staying power. With strong word-of-mouth and critical raves, both Pete’s Dragon and Kubo and the Two Strings scored solid showings.


Tom Hanks has the big debut next week, landing a plane on the Hudson River courtesy of director Clint Eastwood in Sully. As if!

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About Luke Sneyd

Luke Sneyd is a writer and musician. When he isn't doing film reviews for BiffBamPop, you can bet he's gaming, or following one of his many tech obsessions. The guitarist for Toronto electro-rockers Mountain Mama in the early 2000s, Luke went solo releasing All of Us Cities (2007) and Salvo (2009). His song "The Prisoner" earned him a finalist in the Great Canadian Band Challenge in 2007. He founded Charge of the Light Brigade in 2010, releasing The Defiant Ones the following year. As a writer, he's penned and produced several short films, and with Paul Thompson wrote a zombie TV-series called Grave New World. The unproduced pilot for GNW won first place from the Page International Screenwriting awards, as well as prizes from Slamdance and the Cloud Creek People's Pilot Competition. Then this other zombie show came along. You can find links to all Luke's projects at http://about.me/lukesneyd.

Posted on September 4, 2016, in 2016, box office, box office predictions, Film, General, Luke Sneyd, movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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