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Talk about an early crush at the fall box office.
A trio of high-profile films are debuting this weekend: sequel Blair Witch and threequel Bridget Jones’s Baby as well as Oliver Stone’s biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden.
All three could have a hard time toppling holdover Sully from the top spot, according to projections. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Sully flew high with a $35 million debut last weekend and has enjoyed record September midweek business.
Among the new offerings, Lionsgate’s Blair Witch could scare off Bridget Jones’s Baby with a debut approaching $20 million.
Bridget Jones, reuniting Renee Zellweger with Colin Firth and introducing Patrick Dempsey to the romantic comedy series, looks to open in the mid- to high-teen millions for Universal and Working Title, predictions show.
Close attention also will be paid to the performance of Stone’s Snowden, co-starring Shailene Woodley. The film, which is being distributed in the U.S. by Open Road Films, hopes to be an awards-season player and recently made a stop at the Toronto International Film Festival (as did Blair Witch).
Tracking suggests Snowden will open in the $10 million range. Box-office analysts say that would mark a decent start for the biographical drama.
Also opening nationwide this weekend is documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, which chronicles the popular Australia-based Christian band.
New offerings at the specialty box office include Mr. Church, marking Eddie Murphy’s first turn on the big screen since 2012.
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