Looks like I may need to amend last week’s list of the Biggest Box Flops of 2016 Thus Far pretty quickly. The Labor Day public holiday gave the US a four-day weekend, but with all the Yanks off
braaing barbecuing, it’s usually a slow weekend at the movies. As a result, there were only two new wide releases that opened on this festive time. Unfortunately for one of those movie, Morgan, there was absolutely no cause for celebration at all as it ended up on completely the wrong US Top 10 list.
Showing that movie-making pedigree counts for virtually nothing – the sci-fi thriller was directed by franchise giant Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott – Morgan opened absolutely dismally, bringing in just $1.96 million. Not only is that one of the worst openings for this year, but it now also has the dubious honour of having the 7th worst opening for a movie releasing in over 2000 cinemas in the US!
The other wide release of the weekend, The Light Between Oceans, actually didn’t have a good opening either, but in comparison to Morgan, it looks like a blockbuster smash. The Derek Cianfrance directed drama starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender could not seem to turn its star power into box office figures, as it totaled just $4.98 million for three days. That figure jumps up to around $6 million for the four-day total, but that is still a pretty grim opening.
And all of that means that with no solid competition, surprise hit Don’t Breathe stays top of the US box office chart for the second week running. The last time a horror movie managed this achievement was Ouija in 2014. Don’t Breathe has outstripped that movie in terms of both box office totals and critical accolades though, so it may even still be here come next week. This weekend past though, its three-day total added $15.7 million to its coffers, while the four-day total contributed nearly $20 million. That now brings its domestic total to $51 million off a budget of $9.9 million after just two weeks. And it still needs to open in most international markets. I think director Fede Alvarez and co are the ones not breathing as they’re too busy laughing all the way to the bank.
And speaking of making deposits, fellow surprise hit Bad Moms brought $4.74 million for its 6th week on the charts. That may not sound very memorable, but that contribution pushes the female-led R-rated comedy pass the $100 million mark domestically. Not only is that impressive for a movie costing just $20 million, but it’s officially now the first film released by distributor STX to cross this milestone.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Suicide Squad is still hanging onto the second place spot this week. After its massive second week drop, things were looking terrible for the supervillain ensemble, but this has definitely turned into the Little Movie That Was Lambasted By Critics That Could. It has just kept chugging away week after week, with this stanza’s total of $10 million letting it overtake older sibling Man of Steel, and bringing it just a couple of million short of a $300 million domestic milestone. Expect that threshold to get crossed today still. Meanwhile, globally its now sitting on$672 million!
Here’s what happened on the rest of the US charts.
- 01. Don’t Breathe – $15.70 million (LW:1)
- 02. Suicide Squad – $10 million (LW: 2)
- 03. Pete’s Dragon – $6.47 million (LW: 6)
- 04. Kubo and the Two Strings – $6.46 million (LW: 3)
- 05. Sausage Party – $5.30 million (LW: 4)
- 06. The Light Between Oceans – $4.98 million (NE)
- 07. Bad Moms – $4.74 million (LW: 8)
- 08. War Dogs – $4.70 million (LW: 7)
- 09. Hell or High Water – $4.50 million (LW: 12)
- 10. The Mechanic: Resurrection – $4.27 million (LW: 5)
A few things to note on this week’s chart: Firsly, it seems that Labor Day is good for family movies as both Pete’s Dragon and Kubo and the Two Strings had a very good holdover from last week. Secondly, bye-bye, Ben-Hur. We barely knew you on the Top 10, but we’ll see you in a few months when we talk about the biggest box office disasters of 2016.
(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)
Last Updated: September 5, 2016