HOLLYWOOD—Well, when a remake is done right, it can earn big bucks at the box-office people. “The Magnificent Seven,” helmed by director Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt dethroned Tom Hanks and “Sully” from the top spot earning nearly $35 million during its debut weekend. Pretty solid number for a Western, which isn’t a popular genre in the movie arena.
Landing in second place was the animated feature “Storks” with a solid $21.3 million. Not bad, but many expected the movie to have a bigger debut. I would say advertising for this movie was not as prominent as one would have hoped. Nabbing third place was the Clint Eastwood biopic “Sully” adding $13.5 million to its tally. The drama is certain to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office before the end of the week.
While no blockbuster hit, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” managed to slip into fourth place adding $4.7 million to its total. This comedy will be lucky if it crosses the $25 million mark at the domestic box-office. Man what a total flop. Rounding out the top five is the Oliver Stone drama “Snowden” with $4.1 million. This weekend sees the release of “The Queen of Kawte,” “Masterminds,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.” While there are plenty of options, I think the “Magnificent Seven” will maintain its grip in the top spot, until the first week in October.