Box-Office Preview: 'Don't Breathe' Set to Rule Quiet Labor Day Weekend Ahead of 'Light Between Oceans,' 'Morgan'
Looking for some final summer fun, some titles are re-upping their theater counts, including 'Finding Dory,' 'Independence Day: Resurgence' and 'Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.'
Labor Day is notoriously slow at the box office, and this year looks to be no exception.
Neither of the two new movies — Venice Film Festival entry The Light Between Oceans and sci-fi thriller Morgan — are expected to scare off holdover Don't Breathe, the Screen Gems and Stage 6 horror film that opened to an impressive $26.4 million last weekend and could earn in the mid-teen millions over the long holiday weekend, according to predictions.
Light Between Oceans, an adult specialty drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander as a childless couple who come upon an infant, looks to open in the $7 million to $9 million range for the four days, according to projections. The film, also starring Rachel Weisz, was directed by Derek Cianfrance and opens just as it is set to screen at the Venice Film Festival on Friday.
Disney is distributing Light Between Oceans domestically on behalf of DreamWorks, Reliance and Participant Media, who partnered on the $20 million film.
Morgan, a sci-fi horror thriller targeting younger consumers, is likewise projected to earn in the $6 million to $7 million range. Fox made the film, which cost $6 million tor produce, with first-time director Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott). Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti star.
The story follows a group of scientists who create Morgan (Taylor-Joy), a being with superhuman qualities.
Because both new films are modest offerings, some studios are using Labor Day weekend to expand a few of their summer titles. Disney will increase Finding Dory's theater count to more than 2,000, while Fox will up the location count for Independence Day: Resurgence. And for the political crowd, conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's hit documentary Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party also is getting more theaters.
And in its second weekend, The Weinstein Co.'s biographical boxing drama Hands of Stone is expanding from roughly 800 theaters to 2,000 on Friday. The movie stars Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez.