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Thriller ‘Don’t Breathe’ scared its way to #1 this weekend, taking in $26.1 million.

Sony president Josh Greenstein said:

“To more than double your production budget on opening weekend is a fantastic result.  It’s the latest in a string of low-budget movies that have been very profitable movies for Sony, including The Shallows and Sausage Party. And [director] Fede [Alverez] is a master storyteller.

“This is the strongest digital campaign we’ve had to date at Sony where we used the power of social media to sell and reflect the experience that director Fede Alvarez created in the movie. He’s a master filmmaker and to have a B+ CinemaScore and 87% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score is incredibly rare for a horror movie.”

This is true.  ‘Don’t Breathe’ is definitely one of the best-reviewed horror movies in years.  The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovato and Stephen Lang and focuses on three teens who attempt to rob a blind man (Lang).

‘Suicide Squad’ slipped to #2 after three weeks atop the charts.  It took in another $12.1M and its global take is over $600M.

Also debuting this week was the Jason Statham vehicle ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ which came in at #5 with $7.5M.

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Sausage Party’ round out the top five, coming in at #3 and #4 respectively.

Here are the official numbers:

  1. Don’t Breathe (Sony) – $26.1M
  2. Suicide Squad (Warner Brothers) – $12.1M
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus) – $7.9M
  4. Sausage Party (Sony) – $7.7M
  5. Mechanic: Resurrection (Lionsgate) – $7.5M

Sadly, with summer out of the way, there really isn’t much coming out for the next several weeks.  The next major new release on its way is ‘The Magnificent Seven’ but that doesn’t arrive until September 23.  Until then… don’t expect many big shakeups at the box office.

What did you check out at the cineplex this weekend?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter