At the Box Office: ‘Sully’ Soars to the top, Bridget Jones is back and animated films move to the bottom of the top ten

Since I have been able to blog in forever, I thought I would update you all on the latest films playing at the box office this weekend!

Here are your top ten films in North American theatres right now….

For the second week in a row, “Sully” is in the No.1 spot.

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Photo Source: Warner Bros. 

This real-life drama follows a pilot named Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), who became a hero in 2009 after he successful ditched his plane along the Hudson River. Sullenberger was credited in saving all 155 lives on board.

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Photo Source: Warner Bros. 

The film stars Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney.

The film, based on the real 2009 event, is doing exceptionally well in the box office and in reviews.

In its second week of release, the film has already earned over $70 million.

Many critics are praising director Clint Eastwood, claiming this is his best work since “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004.

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Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. Photo Source: Warner Bros. 

This week, “Sully” earned $21.64 million in North America.

“Blair Witch” premieres at the second spot this week.

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James Allen McCune plays James, who is trying to find out if his vanished sister Heather is still alive. Photo Source: Lionsgate.

This instalment of the “Blair Witch Project” film series follows a character named James who believes he finds a video of his vanishing sister, Heather. He and a group of friends decide they need answers and head into the forest claimed to be haunted by the Blair Witch.

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Corbin Reid plays Ashley. Photo Source: Lionsgate

This film stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernendez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, and Valorie Curry.

The reviews are in and critics believe the film does has the chance to stand on its own, but could be lacking something.

“The 1999 original terrified audiences with its ‘found footage’ shtick, but there are few surprises left down in the woods today.”  Mark Kermode, The Guardian.

“Effectively scary and occasionally inventive, ‘Blair Witch’ is a solid genre film both helped and hindered by its franchise’s place in cinematic history.” Jonathon Pile, Empire.

“Blair Witch” earned $9.58 million in North America this weekend.

Also premiering this week and making it to the top ten, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” comes in at the third spot.

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Photo Source: Universal. 

The rom-com earned $8.57 million in North America this weekend, rounding out the top three films.

In this third film instalment, Bridget (played famously by Rene Zellweger) starts to focus on her single life and her career when she figures out she’s pregnant.

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Photo Source: Universal. 

Here’s the kicker, she doesn’t know if its doesn’t know exactly who the baby’s father is either her ex, Mark (Colin Firth reprising his role) or Jack (played by Patrick Dempsey), the man she has just met.

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Photo Source: Universal. 

Sharon McGuire is back in the directing position for this comedy, and the film is doing very well.

Many reviews are saying its not the comedy of the year, but holds as part as the series.

“It’s hard to parse ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’- it’s too inchoate a mixture of feminist and screw-ball sitcom tropes. But it certainly keeps you watching, amused and appalled and amused again.” David Edelstein, Vulture.

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” is not a comedy for the ages, but it’s interesting to see a rom-com starring a middle-aged woman grappling with irrelevance in the workplace.” Catherine Bay, Variety.

The action-drama “Snowden” falls into the fourth spot this week.

The film, which stars Joesph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, follows the public leak of NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques by one of its employees, Edward Snowden (played by Levitt).

Snowden releases thousands of classified documents to the media to expose the NSA.

The Open Road film earned $8 million this weekend, its first in the box office.

Rounding out the top five, “Don’t Breathe” falls two spots this week.

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Photo Source: Sony. The horror film lands in fifth place this weekend, earning $5.64 million. 

The movie follows a group of teens who perform break ins on random houses to steal and earn money.

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Photo Source: Sony. 

One night the group chooses a house that is known to be owned by an elderly man who is blind. But if they thought it would be an easy target they thought wrong.

The man is an ex war veteran and psychopath whose other senses like hearing and smell are extremely heightened.

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Photo Source: Sony. 

 

The teens find out they must stay quiet in order to stay alive and get out of the house.

Here is what the rest of the list looks like this week..

6. “When The Bough Breaks” comes in at No.6, earning $5.48 million.

7. “Suicide Squad” falls three spots this week, earning $4.7 million.

8. In the eighth spot we have “The Wild Thing” which earned $2.77 million.

9. The animated “Kubo and the Two Strings,” lands in second last this week, earning $2.54 million.

10. Closing the list in the tenth spot, “Pete’s Dragon” earns $2.15 million.

 

 

 

 

 

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