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Sony’s Don’t Breathe is succeeding in fending off the Labor Day blues.
The psychological horror-thriller earned roughly $4.2 million on Friday from 3,501 locations for a second weekend take of $17 million-18 million, a strong number for the four-day holiday frame.
Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad will place No. 2 for the four-day weekend with an estimated $13 million from 3,292 locations, good enough to push the August tentpole past the $300 million mark in North America. Another film notching a milestone this weekend is STX Entertainment’s Bad Moms, which will top the $100 million mark on Saturday in North America, becoming the first R-rated comedy of the year to do so domestically.
However, the weekend’s new nationwide offerings aren’t feeling the same late-summer glow. The adult drama The Light Between Oceans is struggling, while sci-fi thriller Morgan looks to rank as one of the worst openings ever for a release opening in more than 2,000 theaters. (The Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez boxing film Hands of Stone, which is expanding into 2,011 theaters this weekend, also is bombing.)
Director Derek Cianfrance’s Light Between Oceans, an adult specialty drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, is opening in 1,500 theaters — a relatively small footprint — after holding its world premiere Thursday night at the Venice Film Festival. The $20 million adult drama grossed roughly $1.4 million on Friday for a projected $6 million weekend and ninth-place finish, potentially behind specialty hit Hell or High Water, now in its fourth weekend.
DreamWorks, Reliance and Participant Media partnered in producing and financing Light Between Oceans, a drama about a childless couple living in an isolated lighthouse who discover an infant. Rachel Weisz also stars. Disney is distributing the film in North America. The filmmakers had hoped for a four-day opening closer to $8 million or $9 million.
Morgan, a sci-fi horror thriller targeting younger consumers, earned $615,000 on Friday from 2,020 theaters for a projected four-day debut of $2.3 million from 2,020 theaters, putting it at No. 18, according to predictions. If there’s any solace, the Fox movie cost only $6 million to produce. Heading into the weekend, tracking had suggested a $5 million-$6 million bow.
Fox made Morgan 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.
The final weekend of summer is never a huge moviegoing frame, as the major studios and distributors turn their attention to the fall and awards season.
Since Light Between Oceans and Morgan were always going to be modest offerings, some studios are using Labor Day weekend to expand a few of their summer titles. Disney increased Finding Dory‘s theater count to more than 2,000. 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. upped the theater count for Hands of Stone from 800 to 2,011. The biographical drama may only gross $1.6 million for the four day-weekend, if projections are correct.
Sept. 3, 7:30 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers and weekend projections.
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