LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Blair Witch,” ”Bridget Jones’s Baby” and “Snowden” didn’t ground “Sully” at the weekend box office.
The Warner Bros. dramatization of the Miracle on the Hudson directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger remained at No. 1 for the second week with $22 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The film tells the story of Sullenberger’s emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 and the subsequent National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the landing.
A trio of newcomers failed to fly close to the haul earned by “Sully,” which stands at $70.5 million after two weeks.
Lionsgate’s horror revival “Blair Witch” nabbed $9.7 million at No. 2, while the Working Title Films comedy “Bridget Jones’s Baby” with Renee Zellweger again starring as the titular character crawled away with $8.2 million.
“We always think just because something has a recognizable brand name that it’ll automatically be a hit with audiences, but that’s not always the case,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore.
Open Road Films’ “Snowden,” which features Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, opened at No. 4 with $8 million. The debut marks the lowest in filmmaker Oliver Stone’s career.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Sully,” $22 million.
2. “Blair Witch,” $9.7 million.
3. “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” $8.2 million.
4. “Snowden,” $8 million.
5. “Don’t Breathe,” $5.6 million.
6. “When the Bough Breaks,” $5.5 million.
7. “Suicide Squad,” $4.7 million.
8. “The Wild Life,” $2.7 million.
9. “Kubo and the Two Strings,” $2.5 million.
10. “Pete’s Dragon,” $2 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.