The summer movie season is now officially over, bringing an end to big popcorn blockbusters. Last weekend, Don't Breathe surprised everyone as it brought Suicide Squad's three-week reign to a close. While Don't Breathe's opening gross of $26.4 million might not sound like much, it far surpassed its budget of $9.9 million. This weekend it faced off against two newcomers, the 20th Century Fox A.I. thriller Morgan, which has only been gettin so-so reviews. And DreamWorks and Touchstone's drama The Light Between the Oceans. The Obama date movie Southside With You also expanded. Despite having some new competition, Don't Breathe was able to score its second weekend atop the box office with $15.7 million.
Don't Breathe played in 3,051 theaters this weekend, pulling in a decent $5,146 per-screen average. Box Office Mojo reports that Morgan debuted in 2,020 theaters, but the movie failed to crack the top 10 in 17th place with $1.9 million, pulling in a paltry per-screen average of $970 while The Light Between the Oceans debuting in 1,500 theaters. Southside With You also expanded into 897 theaters, from its 813-theater debut. Don't Breathe returned to the top spot with $15.7 million, with Suicide Squad in second place with $10 million with Pete's Dragon in third with $6.47 million, Kubo and the Two Strings in fourth with $6.46 million and Sausage Party in fifth with $5.3 million.
The Labor Day weekend has traditionally been a low-grossing affair, with the all-time record held by Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, which took in $30.7 million back in 2007. That record will stand for another year with Don't Breathe barely capturing half of that record total. The horror thriller, Morgan, has only earned a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while The Light Between the Oceans has barely achieved a "Fresh" rating with 61%.
The new movie Morgan follows a corporate risk-management consultant who has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being's life that was made in a laboratory environment. Anya Taylor-Joy, who had a breakout performance in this year's horror-thriller The Witch, is playing this artificial being dubbed Morgan, with Kate Mara, Rose Leslie, Paul Giamatti and Boyd Holbrook rounding out the cast in unspecified roles. Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott, directs Morgan from a script he co-wrote with Seth W. Owen. Morgan pulled in a paltry $970 per-screen average in its first weekend.
The Light Between the Oceans follows a young couple who must make the toughest decision of their lives. After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander). Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
The top 10 is rounded out by The Light Between Oceans ($4.9 million), Bad Moms ($4.74 million), War Dogs ($4.70 million), Hell or High Water ($4.5 million) and Mechanic: Resurrection ($4.2 million). Also opening in limited release is No Manches Frida, which earned $3.6 million in 363 theaters for an impressive $10,083 average. FilmRise's White Girl earned $36,000 from three theaters for a $12,000 per-screen average, while Paladin's Max Rose earned $4,000 from one theater and FIP's Naam Hai Akira earned $140,000 from 71 theaters for a $1,972 per-screen average. No box office data was released for Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers, the second installment of his True North Trilogy, Drafthouse's comedy sequel Klown Forever
Looking ahead to next weekend, four new releaes hit theaters to compete for Don't Breathe's top spot. Warner Bros. will debut the true story drama Sully, starring Tom Hanks, Relativity brings in The Disappointments Room starring Kate Beckinsale, Sony has When The Bough Breaks starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall and Lionsgate will open the animated adventure The Wild Life in theaters around the country. Also coming in limited release is Magnolia's documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Focus World's drama Kicks, Janus Films' documentary Cameraperson, Cohen Media Group's drama Come What May, The Orchard's horror-thriller Demon and IFC's documentary Dancer. Check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, but until then, take a look at our projected top 10 for the Labor Day weekend.
|4||Kubo and the Two Strings|
|6||The Light Between Oceans|
|9||Hell or High Water|