Sully Repeats, while Blair Witch and Bridget Jones Fall Short of Expectations

sully-poster-1If you asked me a week ago, I’d have said there was a good chance either Blair Witch or Bridget Jones’s Baby would come in first this box office weekend. Both fell short in a rather slow weekend that saw Sully repeat for first place. The weekend’s top twelve was down 11.6% compared to last week and down 24.3% compared to last year.

Sully came in first again in its second weekend bringing in an estimated $22 million. Domestically the film has earned $1.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $93.9 million with an estimated budget of $60 million.

In second place was newcomer Blair Witch which brought in an estimated $9.65 million. With a budget of $5 million, the film will do fine when it comes to making money, but that amount was short of the expected $20 million the film would open. Still, with such a low-budget cost, the film will be fine in the end, but not the money machine I’m sure some were expected. The film has also gotten bad reviews from critics and audiences, which may be the worst news of the opening.

In third was Bridget Jones’s Baby with an estimated $8.2 million and a reported budget of $35 million. That’s the worst opening for any film in the franchise, but decent reviews from the audience might hold out hope the film has legs. Previous iterations had the movie making over $200 million internationally and it has made an estimated $29.9 million in international markets so far. This could be one that just doesn’t do well domestically, but great internationally, a theme that’s played for a few films this year.

Finally, Snowden debuted in fourth with a little over $8 million and a reported budget of $40 million. The film wasn’t expected to pass $10 million for its opening and did get an “A” CinemaScore from audiences. It’ll probably be the “adult” film of choice for the next month, making back its budget.

When it comes to comic film adaptations….

Suicide Squad was in seventh this past weekend, down from fourth. The three new films dropped it down. The film added $4.71 million to its domestic total to bring it to $313.78 million. Worldwide the film has made $717.88 million. Domestically it has passed Iron Man 2 in earnings and will pass Iron Man ($318.4 million) this coming week. It may pass both Batman v Superman ($330.3 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.18 million), and Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million) before its domestic run is over. The movie has also moved past Captain America: The Winter Soldier which earned $714.4 million worldwide.

Captain America: Civil War added $13,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $408.08 million domestically and $1.153 billion worldwide.

We’ll have a greater focus on comic adaptation earnings in an hour.