- Box Office
World Box Office, August 29- September 4
Labor Day weekend is typically a slow one at the domestic box office, as Americans traditionally prefer to enjoy the last days of summer Sun to sitting in air conditioned movie theatres. This frame was no exception. The biggest single-market take worldwide came from far across the Pacific, in China. Star Trek Beyond generated a $31.3 million dollar haul and topped the local charts on its Middle Kingdom debut. A heavy promotional campaign involving talk show appearances by Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto raised the film’s profile and helped it to a debut more than twice as lucrative as 2013’s Star Trek Beyond, which ended up grossing $57 million in the country. It opened in Brazil as well, taking second after a $1.7 million frame. Its global cume so far is $285.3 million.
The U.S. box office crown instead belonged to Don’t Breathe after it doubled down on last weekend’s breakout success with a $15.7 haul so far this frame. Projections for the four-day total are in the $19 million range, which will take the film’s cume to around $55 million by Monday. This is a big win for Sony and even more so for director Fede Alvarez, who again managed to show his skill in turning small budget films into big profits. His 2013 feature debut Evil Dead had a lifetime domestic gross of $54.2 million and a global gross of $97.5 million, all from a $17 million budget. Don’t Breathe has matched that domestic take in just 11 days and will surely push ahead of the international totals as it begins to roll out overseas over the next month. Sony spent just $9.9 million making this picture.
This frame’s biggest newcomer was Disney and Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans. It stars Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender as a couple who live on a lighthouse off an Australian island and are surprised one day to find a baby girl washed ashore. They raise the child for several years but are soon forced into a heartbreaking moral dilemma as they meet the girl’s real mother, a woman played by Rachel Weisz who had survived a shipwreck in which her infant daughter was lost at sea. The Light Between Oceans is projected to bring $6.3 million over the holiday weekend. It skewed 72% female, and got an A- Cinemascore from women over 25.
Another “chick flick”, this time a comedy, crossed a major milestone this weekend. STX’s Bad Moms pushed past $100 million on Saturday and became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of the year so far. In further holdover news Suicide Squad hung on to second place again with a projected $13.7 million haul over the long weekend. By Monday’s close it will have crossed $300 million domestic and $375.5 million international for a global cume of $675.5 million.
The Weinstein Company’s boxing pic Hands of Stone meanwhile saw its title shot evaporate after a nationwide expansion netted just $1.7 million. A compelling performance by Robert De Niro and surprisingly convincing turn by Usher as antagonist Sugar Ray Leonard weren’t enough to convince audiences to check this story about the great Panamanian champion Roberto Duran.
Next weekend we’ll brace for impact as Sully, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, lands in U.S. theatres. Thriller When The Bough Breaks and The Disappointments Room launch as well, along with animated flic The Wild Life.
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