Monday Box Office Report – THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN shoot down some STORKS

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“This box office ain’t big enough for the both of us!” That’s pretty much the missive issued by The Magnificent Seven to Storks this weekend past, as Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic western ran roughshod over Warner Bros’ latest animated feature film. The Magnificent Seven had received solid but not exactly great reviews, but with a massively popular franchise legacy and featuring a star-studded lineup headlined by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, the western manage to secure a $35 million opening weekend.

That pretty much matches up with industry pundit predictions for another underwhelming weekend at the US box office. With the collective totals tallied, the week before ended up having the worst domesict box office weekend of 2016. And while The Magnificent Seven helped to keep this weekend above that same fate, it didn’t have much support from the rest of the titles on the charts.

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While he Andy Samberg led Storks is actually matching The Magnificent Seven exactly when it comes to Rotten Tomatoes review aggregate, it  came nowhere close to matching its income. The animated movie didn’t soar so much as it limped into 2nd place with a $21.8 million debut, well below the $30 million it was expected to make. We’ve seen animated movies fail on the US market but then rebound in the rest of the world, and this one is going to need it to make back its $70 million production budget (excluding marketing costs).

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Meanwhile, after two weekends at the top, Sully finally relinquished its hold as it dropped to 3rd place. It pulled in an addition $13.8 million to bring its domestic tally after 3 weeks to $92.3 million. Glovally it’s sitting comfortably on a $126 million total, well above its $60 million budget.

And that’s actually just about all the noteworthy points on the charts, as pretty much every other title had a relatively weak showing. Snowden and Bridget Jones’s Baby fared a bit better than Blair Witch in last week’s holdover, but none of them is really cause for celebration. Here’s where the full chart stands now:

  • 01. The Magnificent Seven – $35 million (NE)
  • 02. Storks – $21.80 million (NE)
  • 03. Sully – $13.83 million (LW: 1)
  • 04. Bridget Jones’s Baby – $4.52 million (LW: 3)
  • 05. Snowden – $4.14 million (LW: 4)
  • 06. Blair Witch – $3.95 million (LW: 2)
  • 07. Don’t Breathe – $3.8 million (LW: 7)
  • 08. Suicide Squad – $3.11 million (LW: 7)
  • 09. When the Bough Breaks – $2.5 million (LW: 6)
  • 10. Kubo and the Two Strings – $1.1 million (LW: 9)

And it’s goodbye to Pete’s Dragon this week. The Disney live-action remake has been pulling in stellar reviews (including my own), but it seems that audiences just haven’t cared as much for shaggy green dragons. After 7 weeks on the charts it just barely made back its $65 million production budget, while globally its sitting on $121 million. That should just about keep it from being a complete and utter loss.

On the other end of the spectrum, Pixar’s Finding Dory may have dropped off the US box office charts a while back, but it’s still making money worldwide. The $5.3 million it earned this weekend past took it to a $969.8 million total, which saw it edge past The Jungle Book to become the third highest grossing film of 2016, and also topping The Lion King to become the sixth highest grossing animated film of all time.

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: September 26, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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