Sully not only earned the #1 spot on the box office chart but also captured the #1 spot as the biggest opening ever for the weekend immediately following the Labor Day holiday weekend. Warner Bros Pictures took a chance and opened the drama based on true events in the post-Labor Day weekend slot, a weekend that’s usually not used to launch major studio dramas. The move paid off, and Sully rang up $35.5 million which is higher than pre-release estimates by at least $5 million.
Meanwhile, Screen Gems’ When the Bough Breaks earned back its budget over its first three days in release. When the Bough Breaks grossed $15 million off of a $10 million-ish budget. However, it’s unlikely the film will have legs as it’s currently sitting at 0% fresh on RottenTomatoes as is another new release, The Disappointments Room which failed to make it into the weekend’s top 10. The Disappointments Room, directed by D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) and starring Kate Beckinsale, earned a disastrous $1.4 million from 1,550 theaters.
Box Office Top 10: September 9-11, 2016
- Sully – $35,505,000
- When the Bough Breaks – $15,000,000
- Don’t Breathe – $8,210,000
- Suicide Squad – $5,650,000
- The Wild Life – $3,400,000
- Kubo and the Two Strings – $3,230,000
- Pete’s Dragon – $2,938,000
- Bad Moms – $2,830,000
- Hell or High Water – $2,600,000
- Sausage Party – $2,300,000