Screen Gems had a terrific weekend at the box office, scoring a first place finish with their horror film, Don’t Breathe. Don’t Breathe earned more than double its budget over its first three days in release and should continue to do well due to strong word of mouth and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Also benefiting from both word of mouth and talk of potential Oscar nominations is the indie film, Hell or High Water, starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges. Lionsgate’s slowly increasing the number of theaters playing the dramatic thriller and although it didn’t quite make the Top 10 this weekend, it did ring up $3.7 million in just 900 theaters.
Lionsgate Premiere launched the latest Jason Statham film, Mechanic: Resurrection, into theaters and pulled off a fifth place finish with $7.5 million. Statham starred in the 2011 remake of The Mechanic (the original film had Charles Bronson in the leading role) which rang up $62 million worldwide before exiting theaters. The 2016 sequel’s opening weekend is down about $4 million from that of the 2011 action film.
Box Office Top 10: August 26-28, 2016
- Don’t Breathe – $26,115,000
- Suicide Squad – $12,110,000
- Kubo and the Two Strings – $7,909,000
- Sausage Party – $7,665,000
- Mechanic: Resurrection – $7,500,000
- Pete’s Dragon – $7,282,000
- War Dogs – $7,255,000
- Bad Moms – $5,760,000
- Jason Bourne – $5,230,000
- Ben-Hur – $4,530,000