The Bottom Line: September 2nd, 2016: It’s A Dead Weekend, People

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Quick Takes

The low-budget horror thriller Don’t Breathe won the weekend with $26.4 million, knocking Suicide Squad to second place after hanging out at the top for most of August. Two very different animated movies come next, with Kubo and the Two Strings and Sausage Party taking third and fourth.Mechanic: Resurrection opened in fifth place, which sounds about right for a Jason Statham sequel that nobody was asking for.

Box Office Top Five

Don’t Breathe raked in $26.4 million in its opening weekend, very good business for what is a pretty nasty movie. Suicide Squad comes next with $12.2 million – which seems like a low total for a superhero movie still in second place at the box office, but it’s mostly stayed on top these last few weeks due to lack of competition. The great Kubo and the Two Strings continues to underperform in third place with $7.8 million (seriously, go see this movie). The raunchy Seth Rogen animated vehicle Sausage Party made $7.5 million for fourth place, while the sequel nobody wanted to a remake very few people saw, Mechanic: Resurrection, took in $7.5 million in its opening weekend for fifth place.

Here is a look at a few films that are opening on September 2nd.

Morgan (R) 92 mins.

The directorial debut of Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott), Morgan is getting middling reviews despite an interesting sci-fi premise and a great cast that includes Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Paul Giamatti, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I thought the trailer made it look intriguing, but it looks very similar to Ex Machina, just with a larger budget. I don’t see Morgan doing great business at the box office, but it should crack the top five – I’m betting on second place, because I’m an optimist. 

The Light Between Oceans (PG-13) 132 mins.

The new romantic drama from Derek Cianfrance, director of previous romantic drama Blue Valentine and the excellent fathers-and-sons saga The Place Beyond the Pines. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz, and while it has a lot of pedigree behind, reviews indicate it’s too melodramatic for its own good. It currently sits at exactly 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, but if you’ve liked Cianfrance’s films in the past, this could be worth a look (at the very least, the acting will be impeccable). This will not make a dent in the box office, but it might have legs that keep it in theaters for a little while.

 The Bottom Line

Don’t Breathe will maintain its position at number one. Morgan will open at number two, barely scraping by Suicide Squad in third. Kubo and the Two Strings will drop to fourth (though it will be number one in our hearts) and Sausage Party will drop to fifth.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Sully (September 9th), When the Bough Breaks (September 9th)


About the author

Michael Smith

Mike Smith is an avid filmgoer from New York who loves to hear his own voice - luckily his work as a podcaster on FilmBook allows him to do just that. Mike graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in communications, and is ready to dole out critical analysis of all your pop culture fixations. Mike is the host of FilmBookCast and can frequently be seen at his local movie theater, patiently explaining to his friends that Superman Returns is a misunderstood masterpiece.

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