As expected, the weekend's two new wide releases, The Light Between Oceans and Morgan, didn't fare too well. Disney's release of Dreamworks' Light Between Oceans only managed $5.9 million for the four-day and an eighth place finish while Fox's Morgan could only manage $2.4 million from 2,020 theaters and a finish outside the top 15.
The rest of this weekend's wrap up can be read below and you can check out the full four-day estimates here. We'll update estimates with weekend actuals on Tuesday afternoon.
WEEKEND WRAP-UP: Labor Day weekend is sending the Summer 2016 movie season out with more of a whimper than a bang, but that isn't to say there aren't performances that stand out. While the weekend's two new wide releases—The Light Between Oceans and Morgan—failed to have much of an impact on the overall weekend, Sony's horror/thriller Don't Breathe became the first horror film to top the weekend box office two weekends in a row since 2014. On top of that, Bad Moms has now crossed the $100 million mark domestically, Suicide Squad will soon top $300 million and The Secret Life of Pets moved up another notch on the all-time animated list while Finding Dory continued to pad its lead.
With an estimated $15.7 million three-day weekend Screen Gems' Don't Breathe finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row with a drop of just 41% as its cume now sits just over $51 million after ten days in release. The film, which carries a budget just under $10 million, is looking to add another $3.7 million on Monday for a four-day haul of nearly $20 million and a cume approaching $55 million.
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Dropping just 18% in its fifth weekend in release, Suicide Squad scored a second place finish with an estimated $10 million three-day weekend. The film is now looking to pull in another $3+ million on Monday as its domestic cume should cross $300 million by the end of the day Monday or early on Tuesday, becoming the eighth release of 2016 to cross that mark and making it the 15th highest grossing superhero release of all-time domestically, pushing ahead of Man of Steel ($291m).
Internationally Suicide Squad added another $11.8 million this weekend from 65 territories, pushing its overseas gross to $375.5 million and its worldwide gross to $672.9 million. The film is set to open in Japan this weekend.
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A pair of family films came in third and fourth with Pete's Dragon dropping a mere 13% in its fourth weekend in release for an estimated $6.47 million three-day and Kubo and the Two Strings fell just 17.6% for an estimated $6.46 million. Rounding out the top five was Sony's R-rated animated feature Sausage Party with an estimated $5.3 million as its cume now stands at $88.4 million.
Sixth position is where we find the first of the weekend's new releases, that being Disney's release of the Dreamworks drama The Light Between Oceans. With an estimated $4.9 million three-day from 1,500 theaters the film came in well below expectations and is looking to finish around $6.3 million for the four-day weekend. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and the demographic breakdown for the weekend was 66% female vs. 34% male with 91% of the audience coming in over the age of 26. The Light Between Oceans stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander and carries a reported budget of $20 million.
The other new wide release of the weekend was Fox's sci-fi thriller Morgan. Directed by Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott, the R-rated feature finished in 17th position with an estimated $1.96 million opening weekend from 2,020 theaters. This is the seventh worst opening all-time for a film opening in more than 2,000 theaters, just behind last year's box office bust We are Your Friends. Budgeted at just $8 million, expectation heading into the weekend was for a four-day haul around $6 million, right now it's looking to finish around $2.4 million at best. Demographic information was not immediately available, but opening day audiences didn't seem to take to it, scoring the film with a "C+" CinemaScore, which doesn't bode well for its future prospects.
Moving back into the top ten, with an estimated $4.7 million for the three-day weekend, STX's Bad Moms is now the 19th 2016 release to cross $100 million domestically. This is STX's first $100 million domestic earner since the company started distributing movies just over a year ago with the release of The Gift last August.
In ninth position, CBS Films and Lionsgate's Hell or High Water continues to pave its own way as it delivered an impressive $4.5 million over the three-day weekend from 1,303 theaters and is expected to finish around $5.8 million for the four-day holiday. This is the film's first time in the weekend top ten after finishing just outside over the last couple weekends, but strong reviews and word of mouth have helped as it has now shown improvement over all four weeks of its release. The film debuted in just 32 theaters back in mid-August and has now grossed $14.6 million domestically.
Finishing just outside the top ten with an estimated $3.65 million was Lionsgate's release of No Manches Frida. The Spanish-language release debuted in just 362 theaters and received an "A" CinemaScore. This marks the second largest release for Lionsgate's Pantelion label, behind only Instructions Not Included, which debuted with $7.8 million from 348 theaters back in 2013.
Elsewhere, with an estimated $3.5 million, Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets has now grossed over $358.5 million domestically, making it the eighth largest animated release of all-time, moving ahead of Pixar's Inside Out. Internationally the film is has brought in $403 million for a $761.5 million worldwide gross-to-date.
Speaking of animated films, Disney brought Finding Dory back into wide release and the film delivered an estimated $1.9 million three-day weekend and is expected to add another $700k tomorrow as its domestic cume climbs to over $482 million, widening its lead as the #1 animated film of all-time domestically.
Internationally, Star Trek Beyond debuted in China on Friday and hauled in an estimated $31.3 million over the three-day. By comparison, 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness debuted on a Tuesday and brought in just $25.8 million in its first week of release. Beyond still has some work to do internationally as its current overseas cume sits at $131.1 million compared to the lifetime overseas cume of $238.6 million for Into Darkenss. It has, however, now passed grossed more than Star Trek internationally, but it's still more than $100 million behind the 2009 reboot's domestic total.
In limited release Fox International debuted Naam Hai Akira in 71 theaters where it grossed an estimated $140,000; FilmRise's White Girl brought in an estimated $36,000 from three theaters; and Paladin's release of Max Rose, Jerry Lewis's first starring role in 20 years, opened with an estimated $4,000 from one screen in New York. Max Rose expands next weekend in Los Angeles while also expanding throughout the Tri-state area.
Overall, the top twelve grossed just under $75 million this weekend, down 24% compared to last weekend and down 13% compared to the same weekend last year.
Next weekend sees the release of Clint Eastwood's Sully, which stars Tom Hanks and just received a standing ovation at the Telluride Film Festival along with the release of the delayed horror The Disappointments Room starring Kate Beckinsale, When the Bough Breaks with Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall and Lionsgate's animated feature The Wild Life.
You can click here for a look at this weekend's three-day estimates and we'll be back tomorrow with an update for the four-day weekend and will update with actuals on Tuesday afternoon.
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