The Magnificent Seven ride to the top of the box office

Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington were a wild and winning combination this weekend at the box office, as their new film scored with audiences. Here’s what went down:


The Magnificent Seven proved to big a hit, debuting in first place at the box office with a strong $35.4 million. This showing is director Antoine Fuqua’s biggest opening ever, and the second best western debut after Cowboys and Aliens $36 million (and you could argue that that film was more science fiction than western). The Magnificent Seven had a budget of $70 million and should wind up a profitable endeavour by the time its run is complete. 

As for the rest of the top five, family film Storks debut in second place with $21.2 million. While certainly not a dud, that number is far from stellar and demonstrates that the marketing wasn’t strong enough to get families into theatres this weekend. Sully was in third place with $13.9 million, while Bridget Jones’ Baby hit fourth place with $4.8 million. Snowden closed things out in fifth place with $4.05 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Magnificent Seven – $48 million
2) Storks – $32 million
3) Sully – $14 million
4) Bridget Jones’ Baby – $5 million
5) Snowden – $4.5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) The Magnificent Seven – $35.4 million
2) Storks – $21.2 million
3) Sully – $13.9 million
4) Bridget Jones’ Baby – $4.8 million
5) Snowden – $4.05 million

Next weekend sees the release of Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Masterminds. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.


About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on September 25, 2016, in box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Heh. I didn’t know this was even a thing 😀 … how does it compare to the original?

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