'The Magnificent Seven' tops N. American box office

Posted September 29, 2016

The remake of the 1960 Western film, which was itself a remake of the 1954 Japanese classic, "The Seven Samurai" took in an estimated $35-million dollars. "The Magnificent Seven" nabbed $35 million in its debut, easily beating the competition this weekend and also giving Washington the third-biggest opening of his career.

Falling to No. 3 after leading the pack for two weeks is Clint Eastwood's Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who successfully performed an emergency landing of an Airbus on the Hudson River in 2009.

MGM and Columbia Pictures' "The Magnificent Seven" is leading the weekend box office charge after lassoing $12.7 million on Friday at 3,674 locations.

"Storks", which cost an estimated $70 million - a relatively modest amount for an animated film - scored with the under-25 crowd, which gave the comedy an A-plus CinemaScore grade. "Storks" was directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. With a ten-day total of $15.1 million, the controversial $40 million film will need to get some traction overseas (once its worldwide roll-out begins) to become profitable. As of now, "The Magnificent Seven" is just another chicken scratch on the chalkboard of 2016 Hollywood misfires.

- "The Magnificent Seven" has a magnificent debut. The voice cast includes Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo and Stephen Kramer Glickman. Overseas, where it took in another $21.9-M for a 10-day foreign total of $67.1-M and global box office of $83.6-M. After 7 weeks on the charts it just barely made back its $65 million production budget, while globally its sitting on $121 million.

"Snowden" lands in fifth place with an estimated weekend total of $4.1 million.

Finishing in fourth place was one of last week's disappointments, 'Bridget Jones's Baby'. "Bridget Jones's Baby" is down one place to No. 4 with additional $4.5 million, but it remains strong overseas with $21.9 million to top global box office.

Some film critics noted that the film is very entertaining because it is not only packed with action but also with humor that pleases the audience.

Queen of Katwe is only opening in 52 theaters but plans to expand nationwide on Sep. 30. The animated comedy debuted in 3,922 theaters, pulling in a decent $5,560 per-screen average.in its debut weekend.