Labor Day is typically a slow weekend at the box office, since most Americans don’t usually plan on spending the last weekend of summer in an air-conditioned movie theater. As a result, it was slow, with Fede Alvarez’s horror movie Don’t Breathe winning for the second consecutive weekend.
Here’s a look at the top stories from this weekend’s box office.
‘Don’t Breathe Takes a Shockingly Small Drop & Continues the Summer of Horror
Don’t Breathe, from Sony’s Screen Gems label, fell by just 41 percent in its second weekend. According to studio estimates for ComScore, the film took in $15.7 million in its second weekend. Its domestic total is now up to $51.1 million.
Considering that the film cost just $9.9 million to make, Don’t Breathe continues the summer of horror, which has seen a string of other popular horror movies. The film could pass Warner Bros.’ Lights Out, which has grossed $65.6 million since its July 22 opening. June’s The Conjuring 2 finished its domestic run with $102.4 million.
Holdovers made up the rest of the weekend’s Top 5. Suicide Squad added another $10 million, bringing its domestic total to $297.4 million. Disney’s Pete’s Dragon added $6.5 million, although it is only at $64.2 million domestically. Kubo and the Two Strings added $6.4 million, bringing its total to $64.3 million. The raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party came in at #5 with $5.3 million.
‘The Light Between Oceans’ Draws Few Moviegoers & ‘Morgan’ Has One of the Worst Openings Ever
Director Derek Cianfrance’s first two films – Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines – might have their fans, but he’s mostly failed to attract attention from major awards. His latest, The Light Between Oceans, was based on a best-selling book and had potential, but it earned mixed reviews and failed to connect with adult moviegoers. It debuted with just $4.9 million, which has to be a big disappointment. The $20 million film stars three respected actors – Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz – but it wasn’t enough to attract audiences.
At least it didn’t do anywhere near as poorly as 20th Century Fox’s Morgan. Despite opening in over 2,020 theaters, the Kate Mara-starring movie earned just $1.96 million. The $8 million movie, which was directed by Ridley Scott‘s son Luke, had the seventh-worst opening of all time for a movie released in 2,000+ theaters.
The Full Top 10
Below is the chart of the full Top 10 for September 2-4.
|Don’t Breathe (Sony)||$15.7 million|
|Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)||$10.5 million|
|Pete’s Dragon (Disney)||$6.47 million|
|Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus/Universal)||$6.46 million|
|Sausage Party (Sony)||$5.3 million|
|The Light Between Oceans (Disney/DreamWorks)||$4.9 million|
|Bad Moms (STX)||$4.74 million|
|War Dogs (Warner Bros.)||$4.70 million|
|Hell Or High Water (Lionsgate)||$4.5 million|
|Mechanic: Resurrection (Lionsgate)||$4.2 million|