Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Dominates Slow Labor Day Weekend

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Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy. (Sony/Screen Gems)

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

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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

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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


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