Weekend Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Beats ‘Suicide Squad’

Screen Gems’ Horror Film

Screen Gems’ horror film Don’t Breathe easily won the weekend with an impressive $26.1 million, dethroning Suicide Squad after a three week reign.

Made for just $10 million, the Fede Alvarez-directed chiller scored an 87% Rotten Tomatoes score and earned a B+ from CinemaScore, unusual for a horror title. Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang.

Warner Bros.‘ Suicide Squad has earned $282.8 million domestically for a worldwide total of $595.8 million.

LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus Features) fell just 37 percent in its second weekend to come in No. 3 with $7.9 million for a total of $24.9 million.

Sony Pictures’ R-rated animated film Sausage Party added $7.6 million, placing No. 4 for a domestic total of $80 million.

The Jason Statham action sequel Mechanic: Resurrection opened in fifth place with an estimated $7.5 million, below the $11.4 million opening of The Mechanic in 2011. It’s possible VOD numbers justify the production overall, but Statham clearly isn’t as bankable as he once was.

In limited release, Southside with You, the movie about Michelle and Barack Obama is going to knock out the Weinstein Co.’s boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez. The Obama romance scored $3 million from 813 theaters, while the true story of famed Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, however, opened to just $1.7 million in 810 theaters.

For the full weekend estimates, check out the Top 10 chart below.

1. Don’t Breathe — $26.1 million
2. Suicide Squad — $12.1 million ($282.8 mil.)
3. Kubo and the Two Strings — $7.9 million ($24.9 mil.)
4. Sausage Party — $7.6 million ($80 mil.)
5. Mechanic: Resurrection — $7.5 million
6. Pete’s Dragon — $7.28 million ($54.7 mil.)
7. War Dogs — $7.25 million ($27.7 mil.)
8. Bad Moms — $5.7 million ($95.4 mil.)
9. Jason Bourne — $5.2 million ($149.3 mil.)
10. Ben-Hur — $4.5 million ($19.5 mil.)

Glad to see Don’t Breathe did well. Horror has had a good run at the box office this year.