“Sully” is making a bigger splash at the box office than initially expected, and is set to land at $35 million for the No. 1 spot on its debut weekend.
Playing on 3,525 screens, the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow drama made $12.2 million on Friday, boosting three-day estimates that were previously set at $24 million. The Clint Eastwood-directed film stars Tom Hanks as hero pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger.
With an 84 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, reviews are solid for the movie about Sully’s decision to glide an imperiled US Airways jet along the Hudson River, which saved 155 lives onboard in 2009.
CinemaScore polling said opening night moviegoers gave it an A grade on average.
Making $5.3 million on Friday, Screen Gems and Unique Features genre thriller “When the Bough Breaks” will easily grab second place. But initial predictions setting its opening close to $20 million have been downgraded to $15 million. (The film’s distributors at Sony were initially predicting roughly $11 million).
Any of those are pretty great for the film, as it was produced for $10 million. It is playing on 2,246 screens.
Starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall, the film revolves around the danger posed to a growing family by their increasingly psychotic surrogate.
Reviews for “When the Bough Breaks” are a crazy-low zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes, though it has earned a B CinemaScore.
Lionsgate animated feature “The Wild Life” is now expected to open at around $3 million from 2,493 theaters, down from previous estimates of $7 million.
The movie depicts a tropical island-marooned Robinson Crusoe who mystifies local animals as they survive a massive storm and battle savage cats.
“The Wild Life” has a B- CinemaScore and a low 15 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Relativity’s “The Disappointments Room,” has a zero percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a D CinemaScore.
Directed by D.J. Caruso, the movie will be lucky if it makes $2 million by the end of this weekend.
Playing on 1,554 screens, the film has been expected to have one of the worst widely released openings of all time.