The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the summer movie season, and the end of huge box office grosses. Last weekend, the horror-thriller Don't Breathe managed to end Suicide Squad's three-week reign atop the box office with $26.4 million, and this weekend it will face two newcomers, 20th Century Fox's thriller Morgan and DreamWorks and Touchstone's drama The Light Between the Oceans, with the true story drama Southside With You also expanding. Still, we're predicting that Don't Breathe will win for a second weekend in a row, in what has always been a typically low-grossing frame.
While Don't Breathe didn't put up staggering numbers last weekend, it will still be playing in over 1,000 more theaters than its competitors. Box Office Mojo reports that Morgan will be released in approximately 2,000 theaters, while The Light Between the Oceans is expected to debut in 1,500 theaters. Southside With You is also expected to expand into roughly 1,500 theaters, from its 813-theater debut. We're predicting that Don't Breathe will still come out on top with $14.4 million, with Morgan debuting in second place with $13.6 million and The Light Between the Oceans following in third place with $10.8 million. The top 5 will most likely be rounded out by Suicide Squad ($7.4 million) and Kubo and the Two Strings ($5.2 million).
Last year, Straight Outta Compton won over the Labor Day Weekend with $13.1 million, capturing its third straight box office crown, just barely beating out the faith-based drama War Room. 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. Barring some sort of box office miracle, that record will most certainly remain intact. As of now, the horror thriller, Morgan, has only earned a paltry 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while there aren't enough reviews posted for The Light Between the Oceans yet.
Morgan is about 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.
The Light Between the Oceans centers on 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 will be rounded out by Sausage Party ($7.6 million), Mechanic: Resurrection ($4.1 million), Pete's Dragon ($4 million), War Dogs ($3.7 million) and Bad Moms ($3.2 million). Also opening in limited release is Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers, the second installment of his True North Trilogy, Drafthouse's comedy sequel Klown Forever, Paladin's Max Rose, FilmRise's White Girl, Lionsgate's No Manches Frida and FIP's Naam Hai Akira. No Manches Frida is expected to open in 350 theaters, while Naam Hai Akira is expected to open in 70 theaters.
Looking ahead to next weekend, four wildly different movies hit theaters to compete for the box office crown. Warner Bros. will roll out the true story drama Sully, starring Tom Hanks, Relativity debuts The Disappointments Room starring Kate Beckinsale, Sony debuts When The Bough Breaks starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall and Lionsgate brings the animated adventure The Wild Life to theaters. Also opening 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.