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Battle at the Box Office 8/29


In what was essentially the last weekend of Summer 2016, Don’t Breathe took the top spot at the box office with $26 million.  It’s just slightly above director Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake and a better opening than last month’s Lights Out but it was below other summer horror fare like The Conjuring 2 and The Purge: Election Year.  It’s well above expectations and audience and critical support seems to be with it as well.

Suicide Squad dropped to second with another $12.1 million, putting it over $282 million domestically and $636 million worldwide, making it the eighth best performing movie of the year behind fellow DCEU movie Batman v Superman.

Kubo and the Two Strings actually moved up from fourth to third this weekend and had a fairly low drop off from last weekend, so maybe the positive word of mouth is helping it out.  It made another $7.9 million, putting it over $24 million for it’s two weeks out.

Sausage Party dropped from second to fourth with $7.6 million, putting it over $80 million for it’s three weeks out.

Mechanic: Resurrection debuted in fifth place with $7.5 million, the 20th best opening for Jason Statham but about on par with expectations.  The first Mechanic made $11.4 million it’s opening weekend back in 2011.

Further down the charts, Ben-Hur barely stayed in the top ten in it’s second week with $4.5 million, putting it at $19.5 million for it’s two weeks out, a far cry from the $100+ million it cost to make.

On the limited front, Hell or High Water expanded to another 437 theaters and took in another $3.7 million while Southside with You opened in 813 theaters and made $3 million while Hands of Stone opened in 810 theaters and made $1.7 million and it will expand wide this coming week before the Labor Day holiday.


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