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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:

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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.  Read the rest of this entry

The Magnificent Seven shooting for the top of the box office

Will a high profile remake of a classic western find favour with an audience this weekend, or will families see what the stork delivers? Here’s our prediction:

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the classic 1960 western, with an incredible cast that reunites Training Day director Antoine Fuqua with his stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Throw in recently minted mega-star Chris Pratt and you have all the makings of a big hit. Even with some lacklustre reviews, the names attached here are big enough to guarantee a solid opening weekend. Look for The Magnificent Seven to debut in first place with $48 million.

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Blair Witch, Bridget Jones both bomb at the box office

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:

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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.

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Will you go back in the woods with Blair Witch?

Rising from the ashes, a venerable horror film gets another sequel. 20 years later, are audiences still up for scare in the woods? Here’s our prediction:

Blair Witch is a direct sequel to the 1996 smash found footage film that scared the hell out of moviegoers (a follow-up, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, is essentially being ignored). In this movie, new character Josh goes in search of his long-missing Heather, the filmmaker seen in the original film. Adam Wingard is the director this time out and is certainly a strong choice, based on his outstanding work so far (go watch You’re Next if you haven’t seen it). While reviews haven’t been strong for Blair Witch, there no doubt is an audience that is absolutely jonesing to see this film. Look for a first place showing with $45 million.

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Sully soars to the top of the box office

It was a stellar weekend for the biggest new release of the week, which saw a titanic team-up between two legends of American cinema. Here’s what went down:

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Sully, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood debut in the top spot this weekend with an estimated $34.5 million. That’s a solid number for a dramatic film without big special effects. The film should continue to have a solid run over the next few weeks as it builds momentum and positive word of mouth spreads.

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Sully looks to fly to the top of the box office

While the eyes of movie lovers around the world are focused on Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival, there’s still the mainstream box office to look at for the coming weekend. Will a colossal team-up between Hollywood vets make an impact? Here’s our prediction:

Sully is the true story of the heroic Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who in 2009 piloted an aircraft into the Hudson River without harming a soul. The film stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Clint Eastwood, which is about as apple pie a tag team as you can get these days. The combination of the two and the feel good nature of the story should bode well for the film’s success. Look for a first place debut for Sully with $32 million.

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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?
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Will Suicide Squad Retake Its Lacklustre Box Office Crown?

It’s the Labour Day weekend. Probably the slowest weekend of the year, movie-wise. People go to the cottage, go to the Canadian National Exhibition, hit Fan Expo, stuff like that. And some folks still go to the movies. But not many of ’em. One of those non-movie peeps is our own Andy Burns, off to Fan Expo. So this weekend I’m making the box office predictions. Cuz I’m Vegas like that. This weekend there’s a tired old dog limping toward the finish line, and a few new pups eager to show their moxie. Where you gonna put your chips?

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“Don’t Breathe” Hits the Top of the Box Office

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Forget me and the dog days of summer. For this weekend, at least, theatres got a second wind, thanks to the arrival of a new horror film. Here’s what went down:

Don’t Breathe, the new collaboration between director Fede Alvarez and producer Sam Raimi, opened with an outstanding $26 million to land in first place at the box office. Audiences were interested in the movie which, with a budget of just $10 million, is already a big hit. While genre films tend to have steep drop offs week to week, in this case it won’t matter, as the core audience has clearly been well served.  Read the rest of this entry

Don’t Breathe looking to top the box office

Dog days of summer, week two. However, there could be a bit of surprise at the box office this weekend, as a new horror film from a couple of masters could shake things up a bit. Here’s our prediction:

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Don’t Breathe is a new collaboration between producer Sam Raimi and director Fede Alvarez, the duo behind the scary as hell remake of Evil Dead back in 2013. Using those two names as a lure should definitely help this horror film find some strong success over its opening weekend, and with a minuscule budget of $10 million, it doesn’t have to over perform to be a success. Look for a first place debut with $22 million for Don’t Breathe.

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