The first moviegoing weekend of the fall season is coming up as Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow biographical drama “Sully” is expected to make a big splash at the box office.
Estimates for the Clint Eastwood-directed film starring Tom Hanks are falling close to $24 million. Reviews so far are somewhat mixed as the movie, about pilot Chelsey Sullenberger’s heroic decision to glide a US Airways jet along the Hudson River to save 155 lives onboard in 2009, has a 73 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
But if review averages lift ahead of Friday’s release on 3,400 screens, so could the film’s opening estimates.
Screen Gems and Unique Features genre thriller “When the Bough Breaks” will easily grab second place with predictions close to $20 million from roughly 2,200 screens (though the film’s distributors at Sony are predicting roughly $11 million). Either way, those are pretty great numbers for a film produced for $10 million.
Distributed by Sony and starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall, the film revolves around the danger posed to a growing family by their increasingly psychotic surrogate.
Lionsgate animated feature “The Wild Life” is expected to open at around $7 million in 2,200 theaters. The movie depicts a tropical island-marooned Robinson Crusoe who mystifies local animals as they survive a massive storm and battle savage cats to keep control of their ocean-surrounded land.
Relativity’s “The Disappointments Room,” directed by D.J. Caruso, is tracking at a low $2 million ahead of its debut this weekend on roughly 1,500 screens, setting the stage for the film have one of the worst widely released openings of all time.