Earlier this week, we predicted that it would be a close race between the two new box office newcomer this weekend, Sony's The Magnificent Seven and Warner Bros.' Storks, but that didn't exactly happen. The Magnificent Seven easily took the box office crown this weekend with an estimated $35 million, with Storks debuting in second place with $21.8 million. Both new releases were critical hits as well, before performing well at the box office.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, pulled in an impressive $9,526 per-screen average from 3,674 theaters, along with a solid 63% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The remake was produced with a $90 million budget, but no international box office data has been released quite yet. Still this is a solid opening, which also represents a career best opening weekend for director Antoine Fuqua. This film also marks the third time that the director has teamed up with Denzel Washington, following 2001's Training Day and 2014's The Equalizer, with both the actor and director reuniting for a sequel to that movie.
Warner Bros.' Storks was also a critical hit with a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The animated comedy debuted in 3,922 theaters, pulling in a decent $5,560 per-screen average. in its debut weekend. Storks was produced under a $70 million budget, so it should have no trouble earning its budget back. The animated comedy also earned an additional $18.3 million in international markets, for a worldwide opening weekend total of $40.1 million
Sully, which took the top spot at the box office for the past two weeks in a row, dropped to third place with $13.8 million. 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. This weekend it only dropped 36.1%, bringing its domestic total to $92.3 million, with an addition $34.5 million from overseas territories for a worldwide total of $126.8 million from a $60 million budget. The movie should have no trouble crossing $100 million domestically later this week.
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. The supporting cast includes Haley Bennett, Luke Grimes, Wagner Moura and Matthew Bomer.
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.
Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Kate Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Anton Starkman, Danny Trejo, Ike Barinholtz and Amanda Lund lead the all-star voice cast for Storks. 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 is rounded out by Blair Witch ($4.5 million) and Snowden ($4.1 million)
The top 10 is rounded out by Blair Witch ($3.9 million), Don't Breathe ($3.8 million), Suicide Squad ($3.1 million), When the Bough Breaks $2.5 million and Kubo and the Two Strings ($1.1 million). Also opening in limited release is Disney's Queen of Katwe, which will expand into a wide release on September 30. The Queen of Katwe earned $305,000 from 52 theaters this weekend, for a decent per-screen average of $5,865. Broad Green Pictures' The Dressmaker earned $180,522 from 36 theaters for a $5,015 per-screen average, although no box office data was released for 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, , Magnolia's The Lovers and the Despot, Under the Milky Way's Made in France, Indican's New World Order.
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.