Box Office: The Magnificent Seven Corrals Competition With $35 Million Opening To Take No. 1

It should comes as no surprise that The Magnificent Seven finished atop the box office. This 2016 remake of the 1960 western may not have had silver screen badasses the likes of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, but it’s tough to go against Denzel Washington and his odd band of guns for hire. Not only was the film one of Washington’s biggest openings (with an estimated $35 million), Seven was director Antoine Fuqua’s best-performing opening weekend, narrowly passing his last Washington-led action vehicle The Equalizer, which raked in $34.1 million its first weekend.

Opening in second place was the animated Storks with $21.8 million. From the studio that brought you The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. presented a family comedy about where babies come from. At least, I guess that’s the premise. Having seen only a few advertisements.

Dropping from first to third place was Clint Eastwood’s Sully. After three weekends it has made $92.3 million. Which is a far cry from the other “based on a true story” release in the top 10, Oliver Stone’s Snowden. It dropped a place finishing in the fifth spot with $4.1 million.

In the battle of horror supremacy, Blair Witch is sinking quicker than a woman persecuted as being a witch, weighted down and thrown into a body of water for drowning. With a nearly 59% loss in attendance from its opening weekend, it will be lucky to clear $25 million in the U.S. Unlike Don’t Breathe, which has made an impressive $81.1 million in the span of five weeks.

Suicide Squad is still among the top 10 after two months in release adding another $3.1 million to see its worldwide total expand to more than $731 million. Rounding out the list is Laika’s impressive Kubo and the Two Strings, a stop-motion animated feature that should be on your radar. From the same outfit that gave us Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, Kubo was one of summer’s best releases, arriving in the waning weeks, and it may just be the animated film of the year. With only $45.9 million in six weeks, more eyes need to see this movie!

In limited release, Disney’s Queen of Kwate opened on 52 screens and made $305k, while Broadgreen’s The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, debuted on 36 screens to collect $180.5k.

On tap for the weekend we have Deepwater Horizon, Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the comedy Masterminds starring Owen Wilson, Kristin Wiig, and Zach Galifinakis. I expect Deepwater will be our new No. 1 getting a boost from the same older, target audience that made Sully a big winner for its opening weekend.

Complete top 10 below.

01. The Magnificent Seven – $35 Million
02. Storks – $21.8 Million
03. Sully – $13.8 Million ($92.3m)
04. Bridget Jones’s Baby – $4.5 Million ($16.4m)
05. Snowden – $4.1 Million ($15.1m)
06. Blair Witch – $3.9 Million ($16.1m)
07. Don’t Breathe – $3.8 Million ($81.1m)
08. Suicide Squad – $3.1 Million ($318.1m)
09. When the Bough Breaks – $2.5 Million ($26.6m)
10. Kubo and the Two Strings – $1.1 Million ($45.9m)

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