It was a complete and utter disaster at the box office for one big new release this weekend. When we’re wrong, we go balls out wrong. Here’s what went down:
For the second weekend in a row, Sully was number one at the box office, bringing in an estimated $22 million. The film has now brought in $70 million, making back its budget and giving Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood a nice little hit on their hands.
As for the rest of the top five, spots two and three were debuts that were dead on arrival. Blair Witch, with its horrible reviews, could only scare up a disastrous $9.6 million, while Bridget Jones’ Baby couldn’t do much better in third place, bringing in an estimated $8.2 million, even with strong reviews. If anything, these numbers pretty much say that studios waited far too long to revisit these particular franchises, and that audiences simply weren’t interested.
Debuting in fourth place was Oliver Stone’s Snowden with $8 million, while Don’t Breathe closed things out in fifth with $5.6 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Blair Witch – $45 million
2) Sully – $24 million
3) Bridget Jones’ Baby – $15 million
4) Snowden – $5.6 million
5) Don’t Breathe – $5 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Sully – $22 million
2) Blair Witch – $9.6 million
3) Bridget Jones’ Baby – $8.2 million
4) Snowden – $8 million
5) Don’t Breathe – $5.6 million
Next weekend sees the release of both The Magnificent Seven and Storks. Be sure to check back in on Friday to see our predictions!