Friday Box Office: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ Fails to Shine

     September 3, 2016

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As per usual, the Labor Day weekend doesn’t look too amenable to newcomers. It’s a slow weekend that awkwardly comes between the end of the summer movie season and the fall prestige films. It is a bit surprising that studios haven’t capitalized on the long weekend (studios have been trying to make Martin Luther King Jr. and President’s Day weekend into box office hits), but Labor Day weekend just doesn’t connect, and this year looks to be no different.

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According to Variety, new releases The Light Between Ocean and Morgan are both underperforming. The Light Between Oceans is based on a best-selling novel and stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, but only pulled in $1.4 million at 1,500 locations, which likely lead it to earning about $6 million this weekend. The film reportedly cost $20 million for Disney. THR reports that the filmmakers were hoping for a opening closer to $8-9 million.

Morgan is also bombing after opening in over 2,000 theaters. The film is only expected to pull in $2-3 million over the four-day weekend, which would put it at number 18. The only upside for the picture is that it only cost $6 million for Fox to produce. That being said, the studio was hoping that it could pull in $5-6 million on opening weekend.

However, it looks like there will be some success stories. Don’t Breathe is making a strong showing in its second weekend having earned $4 million on Friday for a four-day weekend total of about $18 million and a total gross of $57 million. Suicide Squad is also doing well with $13 million from 3,292 locations, which will push the movie past the $300 million mark in the U.S.

Check out the Top 5 below and check back tomorrow for a full rundown of the weekend estimates.

Rank Title Friday Total
1. Don’t Breathe $4,175,000 $39,598,952
2. Suicide Squad $2,245,000 $289,662,209
3. Pete’s Dragon
$1,440,000 $59,191,939
4. Kubo and the Two Strings
$1,410,000 $29,271,436
5. Sausage Party
$1,365,000 $84,511,124
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Image via 20th Century Fox

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Image via Screen Gems

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Image via Warner Bros.

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