Weekend Box Office: ‘Sully’ Stays Afloat as No. 1 with $22M

Zellweger, Firth & Dempsey

Clint Eastwood’s biopic Sully kept the top spot this weekend with an estimated $22 million to bring its two-week total to $70.5 million. Made for $60 million, the Tom Hanks-led drama worldwide gross comes to just under $94 M.

Lionsgate‘s Blair Witch, the sequel to 1999’s Blair Witch Project, earned a modest $9.6 million in its first weekend, while the comedy Bridget Jones’s Baby starring Renee Zellweger as the titular character flopped with $8.2 million.

Third newcomer, Snowden, also failed to fly close to the haul earned by Sully. Oliver Stone’s new biopic of Edward Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, debuted in fourth place with a wholly unremarkable $8 million. The $40 million-budgeted film received an A CinemaScore, though.

The horror revival Blair Witch isn’t a financial disaster, having cost only $5 million to make. But the latest sequel received a shockingly low D+ CinemaScore from audiences. Too bad about Blair Witch.

Meanwhile, the third installment in the Bridget Jones franchise, which reunites Zellweger with Colin Firth and introducing Patrick Dempsey to the series, broke records in the U.K. and Ireland with an $11.3 million haul and finished No. 1 in 24 of the 39 overseas markets where it opened. Made for $35 million, the female skewing film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

Made for less than $10 million, the bonafide horror hit Don’t Breathe rounded out the top five with $5.6 million and has grossed $75.3 million domestically in four weeks.

Here’s the weekend’s Top 10:

1. Sully — $22 million ($70 mil.)
2. Blair Witch — $9.6 million
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby — $8.2 million
4. Snowden — $8 million
5. Don’t Breathe — $5.6 million ($75.3 mil.)
6. When the Bough Breaks — $5.5 million ($22.6 mil.)
7. Suicide Squad — $4.7 million ($313.7 mil.)
8. The Wild Life — $2.6 million ($6.6. mil.)
9. Kubo and the Two Strings — $2.5 million ($44.2)
10. Pete’s Dragon — $2 million ($72.8 mil.)

Update: Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad has reportedly passed $718 million in global revenue, a figure that beats the earnings of a number of Marvel’s movies, including 2014’s Captain America: Winter Soldier which had earned $714 million worldwide.