CORE STORY: Every new release ignored over Labour Day weekend

Photo: Screen Gems

Photo: Screen Gems

Chris Luckett

Only two movies opened in wide release on Friday — sci-fi thriller Morgan and tearjerker The Light Between Oceans — but neither was able to even crack the top 5 at the box office over the long weekend.

Last week’s #1, Don’t Breathe, came in in first again with a four-day estimate of $20-million. While that may not seem like much of a victory in the shadow of an opening weekend like Captain America: Civil War‘s, it’s the first time a horror movie has accomplished the feat of coming in first-place two weeks in a row since 2014. Combined with its production budget of $10-million, Don’t Breathe is sitting pretty already with a total of $55-million.

Suicide Squad came in second with an estimated $13-million, pulling its domestic total past $300-million — the eighth 2016 release to do so.

Pete’s Dragon and Kubo and the Two Strings battled it out to the finish line, with only $46,000 separating the two, but Kubo‘s strong reviews weren’t enough to trump Disney’s Dragon.

R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party pulled in an estimated $6.5-million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $90-million.

Outside the top 5, The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, came in eighth place with an estimated $5.9-million over the four-day weekend.

Opening at #18, other new wide release Morgan struggled so badly, it couldn’t surpass Finding Dory, now in its 12th week of release. Morgan earned an estimated $2.4-million over four days.

Wide releases opening this coming Friday include Sully, When the Bough Breaks, and The Wild Life.


1. Don’t Breathe ($19,550,000)
2. Suicide Squad ($12,800,000)
3. Pete’s Dragon ($8,583,000)
4. Kubo and the Two Strings ($8,537,000)
5. Sausage Party ($6,500,000)
6. War Dogs ($6,025,000)
7. Bad Moms ($6,000,000)
8. The Light Between Oceans ($5,910,000)
9. Hell or High Water ($5,600,000)
10. Mechanic: Resurrection ($5,550,000)

18. Morgan ($2,430,000)


(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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