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‘Sully’ Tops Tepid Week at the Box Office

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was another tepid week at the box office with revenues at U.S. theaters reflecting the back-to-school mentality of the country. This is simply too late in the season for big, blockbuster releases and too early for Oscar-potentials to break into the ranks. For a while that means that theaters will have too many horror films, too many low-budget comedies and too many tame dramas needed to fill the card.

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Even Tom Hanks couldn’t stop ‘Sully’ from being dull.

This week that left us with the Warner Bros. squeezing about 20 seconds of adrenaline for two-hours worth of epic with epic synonymous with fill. Case in point: Sully, the biopic about the commercial pilot (Chesley Sullenberger played by Tom Hanks), who landed his plane successfully on the Hudson River with 155 passengers and crew on board back in January 2009.

The event yielded some stunning photographs for newspapers that day, but the film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is mostly about the after-the-fact debate during which Sully’s life-saving decisions were questioned by authorities. Ho and hum. Powers that be have to earn their paychecks, too, apparently.

Related: Movie Review: ‘Sully’ Lifts Off with Drama Both Subtle and Intense

Anyhow, the film received positive reviews, earning a Rotten Tomatoes score of 84 percent and grossed $35.5 million in domestic theaters, given Clint Eastwood could do a film about leaves changing color and most of us would consider giving it a try. But $35.5 million in the first weekend out says that kids are concentrating, momentarily at least, on homework.

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‘When the Bough Breaks’ was a massive flop with the critics.

Two would-be horror films were next on the revenue charts. Horror films like to call themselves psychological thrillers these days – sigh. No. 2 on the revenue charts was Sony’s When The Bough Breaks, while No. 3 was another Sony release, Don’t Breathe. The two films took in $15 million and $8.2 million, respectively.

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“The Grinch” Steals Box Office, “Overlord” and “Spider” Left With Scraps

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The holiday Christmas movie season starts early as it usually does in November. Just one week after The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, along comes Dr. Suess’ The Grinch, the theatrical animated adaptation of the classic children’s novel, helmed by Illumination Studios of Despicable Me fame. The animated comedy raked in $66 million for its first weekend, well on its way to conquering its $75 million budget as the holidays roll on. Given Illumination’s track record with comedy among kids, expect the film to stick around for the next two months.

The rather high box office of Grinch stole the thunder of the other two films debuting this weekend. Overlord, a Nazi zombie action/horror romp, debuted at #3 with a domestic gross of $10.1 million, which is not exactly a strong opening for a film with a $38 million budget. But it could’ve been worse as The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story, the action sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, premiered at #5 with a box office take of only $8 million on a $43 million budget. Don’t be surprised if you see these darker, violent films take a tumble coming into the holiday season that seeks more PG-13 genre films for the families to venture out to the theater for.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic, is holding firm at #2 on its second weekend with a weekend gross of $30.8 million, bumping its domestic total up to $100 million. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, however, isn’t doing so well in its second weekend. The Disney fantasy adventure only made $9.5 million over the weekend, a 53% drop with a domestic total sitting at a meager $35 million. Not a very strong take for a Disney Christmas fantasy that cost $120 million.

It’s no surprise, however, that David Gordon Green’s Halloween took the biggest dip of the weekend at 64%. It’s surprising the horror film is even still here at #9 in the box office, the domestic total now sitting at a very pleasing $156 million. Also holding firm once again at #10 is The Hate U Give, having made $26 million for only being in 1,100 theaters.

View the full top 10 box office weekend results below.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch ($66,000,000)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($30,850,000)
Overlord ($10,100,000)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($9,565,000)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story ($8,015,000)
A Star is Born ($8,010,000)
Nobody’s Fool ($6,540,000)
Venom ($4,850,000)
Halloween ($3,840,000)
The Hate U Give ($2,070,000)

Next weekend will feature magical beasts versus dysfunctional families versus women robbers. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the new Harry Potter spin-off series, will debut in 4,000 theaters. Instant Family, a family comedy starring Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, will hit 3,000 theaters. Also debuting in 3,000 theaters will be Widows, the all-star heist picture directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis.


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Big “Bohemian Rhapsody” Opening While “Nutcracker” Trails

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In weekend box office battle, it’s Queen who is king. Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddy Mercury and Queen biopic, came in at #1 making $50 million domestic. With a $52 million budget, this is a very successful opening for the film, despite the mixed critic reaction. Falling just behind it with less than half the take is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s latest fantasy adventure debuting early for the Christmas season. The film did poorly with critics and even poorer at the box office, bringing in only $20 million which is not a good debut at all for such an expensive epic. Also just behind is Tyler Perry’s new romantic comedy, Nobody’s Fool, taking in $14 million, strangely low for a Tyler Perry movie, especially when you consider that higher budget of $19 million.

Since Halloween is over, it’s natural to see that David Gordon Green’s Halloween would dip in the box office and it certainly fell the lowest this week with a 64% drop. Falling sharply from #1 to #5, the film made $11 million for the weekend but it’s not a huge concern given the film has already made $150 million on a budget of $10 million. Almost tying with the picture is A Star Is Born, the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga musical drama that has proven to be a box office darling, earning $11.1 million over the weekend with a $165 million domestic gross. And still sticking like goo to the box office is Venom, Sony’s solo villain picture starring Tom Hardy, making another $7.8 million for a domestic total nearly at $200 million.

Aside from A Star is Born being the smallest drop of the weekend, it also tied for the lowest drop with Smallfoot, Warner Bros animated comedy that is proving to have modest legs to stick around. The animated film with the voices of Channing Tatum and James Cordon made $3.8 million for a $77 million domestic gross. And The Hate U Give, the racial drama, is still hanging in there at #10 with a domestic total now sitting at $23 million, rather strong for a drama that slowly rose up over the course of October.

Bohemian Rhapsody ($50,000,000)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($20,000,000)
Nobody’s Fool ($14,000,000)
A Star is Born ($11,100,000)
Halloween ($11,015,000)
Venom ($7,850,000)
Smallfoot ($3,805,000)
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween ($3,700,000)
Hunter Killer ($3,525,000)
The Hate U Give ($3,400,000)

We hope you’re ready for Christmas because those movies are going to start early. Next weekend will see the 4,000 theater debut of The Grinch, the latest animated comedy from Illumination Studios based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. But it’ll have some adult competition with The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story opening in 3,000 theaters (the sequel to 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Overlord, a Nazi zombie action picture, opening in 2,500 theaters.


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“Halloween” Tops Last Weekend of October, “Hunter Killer” Sinks

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It’s not exactly a huge surprise that a film called Halloween would be the top earner on the last weekend before Halloween. But it has certainly earned that spot for being a big hit with audiences, given its astounding first-weekend debut to break records for an R-rated movie in October. Though the box office has dipped 58% in its second weekend, the film is still holding firm at #1, earning a weekend gross of $32 million. This sets its domestic gross now at $126 million. You can naturally expect the film to dip further as we head into November but don’t be surprised if this audience-pleaser hangs around a bit longer.

Halloween wasn’t the only film to hold its spot. In fact, four films have stood their ground this weekend. A Star is Born remains at #2, with a weekend gross of $14 million and a domestic total of $148 million. Considering the mere 25% drop, the film is proving to have remarkably great legs as both an awards contender and an audience favorite that everyone is talking about. Dropping but hanging in there is Venom at #3, earning another $10 million for its $187 million total, having already set records for October. Goosebumps 2 is also standing firm at #4 with $7.5 million for the weekend and $38 million total, as a suitable Halloween film for the kids. And still hanging in there is The Hate U Give, remaining at #6 with a $5 million weekend and $18 million total.

The only big debut for the weekend was Hunter Killer, a submarine thriller starring Gerard Butler, and it didn’t make a big impression. The film debuted at #5 to make only $6.6 million which is not a strong opening at all for such a film. I guess audiences weren’t in the mood for a military thriller amid a Halloween season of thrilling horror films for kids and adults. Also debuting low but not a disappointment for such a small film is Mid90s, the Jonah Hill directed skater drama taking place in the 1990s. The film expanded to over a thousand theaters and arrived at #10 for a domestic total of $3 million.

View the full top 10 for the weekend below:
Halloween ($32,045,000)
A Star is Born ($14,145,000)
Venom ($10,800,000)
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween ($7,500,000)
Hunter Killer ($6,650,000)
The Hate U Give ($5,100,000)
First Man ($4,935,000)
Smallfoot ($4,750,000)
Night School ($3,255,000)
Mid90s ($3,000,000)

Next weekend will be a big battle of bands, nutcrackers, and Tyler Perry. Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic, will open to 3,800 theaters. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s latest fantasy adventure, will also open to 3,800 theaters. Nobody’s Fool, another Tyler Perry comedy, will open to 2,400 theaters. Also opening small will be the horror remake of Suspiria, appearing in select theaters on Halloween before expanding for the weekend.


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