After taking down three under-performing newcomers for its second straight win, Warner Bros.' Sully tries to make it three straight box office wins in a row this weekend. The true story drama will only face two newcomers, Sony Pictures' The Magnificent Seven remake and Warner Bros.' animated comedy Storks, both of which should easily unseat Sully. While we think it will be close, The Magnificent Seven should come out on top with $24.7 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua's Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, will debut in roughly 3,600 theaters, while Storks will open in 3,800 theaters. The Magnificent Seven currently holds a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although not enough reviews are in for Storks quite yet. We're predicting that Storks will debut in second place with $23.6 million, but it's certainly possible that these two newcomers flip-flop in the top two spots this weekend.
Last weekend, Sully managed to win for a second weekend in a row, not only because the trio of newcomers Bridget Jones's Baby, Blair Witch and Snowden all under-performed, but also because it suffered a minimal second-weekend drop. The biopic starring Tom Hanks only dropped an impressive 37.5% in its second weekend, playing in 3,525 theaters, which was still the widest release of any movie that weekend. Last weekend's tally brings its domestic total to $70.1 million, with an addition $24.3 million from overseas territories for a worldwide total of $94.4 million from a $60 million budget.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
Storks deliver babies...or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop - in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks' true mission in the world.
The Storks voice cast includes Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Kate Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Anton Starkman, Danny Trejo, Ike Barinholtz and Amanda Lund. Nicholas Stoller, best known for live action comedies such as Neighbors and this summer's sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, directs alongside Doug Sweetland, from his own screenplay. This project is the first movie to debut under Warner Bros.' newly-minted Warner Animation Group. The top 5 will be rounded out by Sully ($12.6 million), Blair Witch ($7.2 million) and Bridget Jones's Baby ($5.7 million)
The top 10 will be rounded out by Snowden ($4.1 million), Don't Breathe ($2.9 million), When the Bough Breaks ($2.3 million), Suicide Squad ($2.1 million) and Kubo and the Two Strings ($1.4 million). Also opening in limited release is CJ Entertainment's The Age of Shadows, Shout! Factory's Beauty and the Beast, First Run's The Ruins of Lifta, Strand's Closet Monster, Broad Green Pictures' The Dressmaker, Magnolia's The Lovers and the Despot, Under the Milky Way's Made in France, Indican's New World Order and Disney's Queen of Katwe, which will expand into a wide release on September 30. The Queen of Katwe will debut in 52 theaters this weekend.
Looking ahead to next weekend, three newcomers will close out the month of September. Lionsgate will release their thriller Deepwater Horizon, alongside the Relativity comedy Masterminds and 20th Century Fox's fantasy adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Also opening in limited release is A24's American Honey, First Run's Among the Believers, Freestyle Releasing's Clinton Inc., Magnolia's Danny Says, Bleecker Street's Denial, Vanish Films' Do Not Resist, Starz Media's comedy Flock of Dudes, FilmRise's Harry & Snowman, China Lion's I Belonged to You, FIP's M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Music Box Films' A Man Called Ove and Well Go USA"s Operation MeKong. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, and again on Tuesday for next week's predictions. Until then, check out our projected top 10 for the weekend of September 23.