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Monday Box Office Report – SULLY retains top spot as other newcomers underperform

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The pun potential in this week’s edition of the Monday Box Office Report is really high: Tom Hanks’ airplane disaster drama Sully is still flying high, while horror revival Blair Witch failed to scare up an audience as Bridget Jones’s Baby was not a bundle of joy at the box office and Snowden sprung a couple leaks. I could do this all day.

Luckily (for you) though, I’m just going to get straight to the numbers as Sully retained its no. 1 spot atop the US box office top ten charts by pulling in $22 million on its second weekend. It dropped only 37% in its sophomore bow, which is a pretty great result. The Clint Eastwood directed true-life drama is now sitting on a domestic total of $70 million, and a global tally of $93 million. For a $60 million price tag, that’s a great start.


Unfortunately, that’s the last time we can say that about the highlights on this weekend past’s charts (at least domestically, that is). Blair Witch, the Adam Wingard directed surprise sequel, opened on international markets with a strong $14 million. But in the US though it cold only scrape together $9.65 million. It has two things going for it though that added a silver lining to this debut: 1) The movie only had a $5 million budget, and 2) all its competition fumbled even harder than it did.

Bridget Jones's Baby

Despite strong reviews, Bridget Jones’s Baby had the worst debut in the entire franchise’s history. While the first two films in the series opened with $10 million and $8.6 million respectively, this threequel could only muster up $8.2 million. Fortunately though, much like Blair Witch, it would appear that international audiences are far more welcoming of the franchise as the film picked up $29.9 million from 39 markets, taking the no.1 spot in 24 of them.


Domestically, Bridget Jones’s Baby at least did (juuuuuuust) enough to beat off Oliver Stone’s Snowden. The film, which details the events that led to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden becoming an international fugitive, has been hailed as a return to form for the veteran filmmaker. But either US audiences weren’t listening to the hype or they were all NSA plants (if you’re monitoring this, that was just a joke), as Snowden could only earn $8 million on its debut.

Here’s what happened on the rest of the charts:

  • Sully – $22 million (LW: 1)
  • Blair Witch – $9.65 million (NE)
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby – $8.24 million (NE)
  • Snowden – $8.02 million (NE)
  • Don’t Breathe – $5.6 million (LW: 3)
  • When the Bough Breaks – $5.25 million (LW: 2)
  • Suicide Squad – $4.71 million (LW: 4)
  • The Wild Life – $2.65 million (LW: 5)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings – $2.50 million (LW: 6)
  • Pete’s Dragon – $2.04 million (LW: 7)

After 8 surprisingly successful weeks on the chart, Bad Moms finally dropped out of the top 10 this weekend. The R-rated female led comedy has been a raging success for fledgling distributor STX Entertainment, earning a total $157 million off just a $20 million budget. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad has now crossed the $400 million mark domestically, while The Secret Life of Pets has now reached $800 million globally.

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: September 19, 2016


  1. Wow, Sully doing quite well! And Suicide Squad is still going after all this time? Wow.


    • Original Heretic

      September 19, 2016 at 12:46

      Despite all the crappy reviews, just about everyone I’ve spoken to who’s watched Suicide Squad said that they enjoyed it.
      Have yet to watch it, so I cannot confirm or deny any goodness or crappiness thereof.


      • For the Emperor!

        September 19, 2016 at 20:07

        By no means perfect, but had enough fun moment and a few “OMG that was cool” moments. But best to make up ones own mind 🙂


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 19, 2016 at 12:44

    You can do this all day, and yet you missed pun-tential!


    • Original Heretic

      September 19, 2016 at 12:47

      Or, well, ya know, he thought about it and then realised, “Nah, that’s lame, I’ve leave it out.”


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 19, 2016 at 12:48

        So he went with alliteration instead? All the best puns are lame!


        • miaau

          September 19, 2016 at 12:49

          see comment to @originalheretic:disqus


      • miaau

        September 19, 2016 at 12:49

        Puns are lame? Um, you sure about that? Really, really sure?

        I would be sure before I said something like that. Really, really sure.

        Puns make the world a happier place. not a lamer place. At least in my program. Are you not on my program?


        • Original Heretic

          September 19, 2016 at 12:52

          There’s THIS much lame and then there’s this much lame. One can only handle so much lame.

          (crap, this doesn’t really work without visual aids. Wait, I might have just the thing…)


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