LOS ANGELES: “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the classic 1960 Western, starring Denzel Washington, outgunned the competition at the North American box office in its debut week, industry data showed on Sunday.
The tweaked tale about seven very bad dudes, this time protecting a town from a greedy industrialist, took in $35 million over the weekend, said industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Second place at $21.8 million went to “Storks,” another flick making its debut. It is an animated film about the traditionally baby-delivering birds that now handle retail packages but find themselves ruffled when they actually have to find the home of an infant girl.
Pushed down to third place after two weeks atop the ranking was “Sully,” based on the real-life story of a pilot who landed his disabled jetliner on New York´s Hudson River. It took in $13.8 million, for a total of $92.4 million in the three weeks it has been in the theaters.
Dropping from third to fourth was “Bridget Jones´s Baby” at $4.5 million. Renee Zellweger reprises her single-woman role in the “Bridget Jones” romantic-comedy saga, this time finding herself pregnant and unsure who is the father.
“Snowden,” director Oliver Stone´s film about Edward Snowden, the US intelligence contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to journalists, ranked fifth in its second week at $4.1 million.
In sixth place, dropping from second, was the horror flick “Blair Witch,” a follow-up of the 1999 “The Blair Witch Project,” which earned $3.95 million.
Rounding out the top 10 films were:
“Don´t Breathe” ($3.8 million)
“Suicide Squad” ($3.1 million)
“When the Bough Breaks” ($2.5 million)
“Kubo and the Two Strings” ($1.15 million)