Box Office Battle 9/9-9/11

It is a bittersweet day on this Monday Tuesday afternoon, what with the 15th anniversary of 9/11 being last Sunday. My condolences for anyone who lost anyone in the tragic event that came 15 years and two days ago. But luckily there are movies that (with luck) distracted us from the tragedy. Let’s see what happened.

1. Sully – Clint Eastwood

An unsurprising win this week by Clint Eastwood’s newest film, Sully. The film is based upon pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and his famous emergency landing in the Hudson. The film made a solid $35 million this week on a $60 million budget. This bodes well for the film and for Tom Hanks, considering this is probably one of his better film endeavours in recent years (unless you were into A Hologram for the King). Although am I the only one who finds it odd that it opens the weekend of the anniversary of 9/11? Is that really what we need at this time, a plane movie where things go horribly wrong? Or maybe I’m overthinking it.

2. When the Bough Breaks – Jon Cassar

Yay, Black cinema! The Lifetime-y sounding movie When the Bough Breaks has taken the silver this week with $14 million. Starring fan favorites such as Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall, this sexy drama horror movie did pretty well, considering critical reception being less than optimal. But sometimes you just gotta be happy with the fact that a movie with black people is in the top five. #SupportBlackCinema

3. Don’t Breathe – Fede Alvarez

One of the better films of Summer 2016, Don’t Breathe, has reeled in $8.25 million in its third week. This is great, for the movie and for horror in general. This movie was made for less than $10 million and has grossed over $65 million! These are the kind of numbers that some studios can only dream of. This is clincher that this Summer will be remembered for great horror. With movies like this and The Conjuring 2 and Lights Out (although I wasn’t that into Lights Out, but everyone else was) coming out in a Summer with lackluster blockbusters such as X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad, studios are gonna start looking at what makes actually good horror and who knows? Maybe come Summer 2017 this won’t seem like so much of a fluke.

4. Suicide Squad – David Ayer


Speaking of lackluster blockbusters (in the general consensus, I loved the movie), Suicide Squad doesn’t seem to want to leave this top five and we don’t seem to want to let it go. The movie made $5.7 million in its 6th week which is great. While this movie wasn’t received as well as I’m sure WB would have liked it to be, this movie has been a consistent money maker, unlike its older brother Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie even passed up Man of Steel, a movie people seemed to like better. But let’s face it, this movie has a great rewatchability factor thanks to its brilliant characters and wild action. So rock on SS, I hope to see you next week.

5. The Wild Life – Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot


And in a surprising turn of events, the new animated movie The Wild Life has taken 5th this week with $3.3 million (just barely beating out Kubo and the Two Strings, I might add). The story of Robinson Crusoe told from the perspective of animals had close to no marketing. I only knew about because it played before I saw Finding Dory, which would probably be a better use of you money. movies like this being in the top five is proof that not much is out this weekend. Just go see Kubo.

Honorary Mentions

Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight

So close. So close.

Well that was this weekend in movies! What did you think of the rankings this week? Who will survive come next week? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movie news.




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