The Magnificent Seven has [insert your own Western verb pun here — Lassoed? Roped in? Corralled?] $12.7 million on Friday, which is a good haul that puts it on track for more than $35 million through the weekend. Westerns aren’t typically box office barnstormers these days, but Magnificent Seven is already on track to best Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which premiered Christmas weekend of 2015 to $16.2 million, as well as Django Unchained, which provided a pretty nice box office opening in 2012 of $30.1 million. (Cowboys and Aliens holds the current record at $36.4 million for live-action, but if animation is included then Rango’s $38.1 wins overall).
The movie’s star power — including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-Hun Lee — should recoup Magnificent Seven’s $90 million price tag for Sony, as it seems Antoine Fuqua’s latest could draw significant crowds over the weekend.
Storks, meanwhile, is struggling with its $5.7 million debut, securing a predicted $20 million for the weekend. Usually kid flicks are a sure bet but Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland’s movie has not performed to expectations yet. But a generally good CinemaScore could mean that word of mouth might help it in the coming weeks. The movie’s voice cast includes Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo, and though the film carried a moderate price tag of $70 million, it remains to be seen if it will be an uphill battle for Storks to deliver those numbers back to the studio.
The Tom Hanks-starrer Sully, which has sat atop the box office for the last two weeks, has dutifully fallen to third, bringing in $4.2 million. Sequels for Blair Witch and Bridget Jones added a little bit to their coffers as well, but both have continued to perform below expectations, while Oliver Stone’s Snowden (falling just out of the Top 5) has them nearly matched.
Check out the Top 5 below and check back tomorrow for a full rundown of the weekend estimates:
|1||The Magnificent Seven||$12,700,000||$12,700,000|
|4||Bridget Jones’s Baby||$1,470,000||$13,407,675|