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Weekend Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Corralling $35M-Plus Debut

The star-studded film boasts one of a tip openings of all time for a Western; new charcterised family charity ‘Storks’ looks to lift in a medium $21 million-$22 million, according to early projections.

Evading a abuse that has tormented many a Western, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven warranted a earnest $12.7 million Friday, putting a star-studded film on march to acquire $35.5 million in a entrance for an easy first-place finish during a North American box office, according to early projections.

The film, grabbing an A- CinemaScore from audiences, is on gait to measure one of a biggest domestic openings ever for a Western — if not a biggest, not accounting for inflation. The stream record-holder for a live-action Western is Cowboys Aliens ($36.4 million). But if counting charcterised offerings, Rango is a champ with $38.1 million.

Magnificent Seven, from MGM and Sony, is a reconstitute of a classical 1960 Western, that in spin was a reconstitute of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Village Roadshow and LStar Capital helped co-finance a $90 million film, that had a universe premiere during a Toronto International Film Festival progressing this month.

The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard turn out a cast. To date, Washington’s biggest opening is 2007’s American Gangster ($43.6 million) followed by 2012’s Safe House ($40.2 million).

Thursday night, Magnificent Seven grossed $1.8 million in previews before rolling out in a sum of 3,674 theaters on Friday.

The weekend’s other new national charity is Warner Bros.’ animated family film Storks, that is looking during a second-place finish after earning $5.7 million Friday from 3,922 theaters for a projected $21 million-$22 million weekend, a medium start for a film, that further warranted an A- CinemaScore.

Storks, constructed for roughly $70 million by Warner Animation Group, was destined by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. The voice expel includes Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo.

In new decades, Warners hasn’t been a large actor in a animation space, nonetheless 2014’s The Lego Movie was a box-office sensation.

Warners will also lay explain to a No. 3 mark with Clint Eastwood’s box-office strike Sully, a adult play starring Tom Hanks. The film looks to decrease usually 37 percent in a third weekend to scarcely $14 million for a domestic sum by Sunday of some-more than $92 million.

Bridget Jones’s Baby looks to tumble 48 percent in a second tour to $4.4 million for a unsatisfactory 10-day North American cume of $16.4 million (the film is doing distant improved overseas). The regretful comedy is holding during No. 4, followed by Blair Witch with an estimated $4 million weekend.

New offerings during a specialty box bureau embody Disney’s Queen of Katwe, destined by Mira Nair and starring Madina Nalwanga as real-life Ugandan chess actor Phiona Mutesi. David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o also star.

Queen of Katwe premiered during TIFF is usually opening in 52 theaters this weekend before expanding national Sept. 30. Disney partnered with ESPN on a film, that hopes to be an awards contender. Katwe warranted $82,000 Friday for a projected weekend sum of $297,000 and plcae normal of roughly $5,700.

Sept. 24, 7:40 a.m. Updated with Friday numbers and revised weekend numbers.


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