Two weeks on top for ‘Sully’

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Tom Hanks (right) and Aaron Eck­hart in a scene from ‘Sully’. Jaz Sin­clair (left) and Regina Hall ap­pear in ‘When The Bough Breaks’.

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP): LAIR WITCH, Brid­get Jones’s Baby and Snow­den didn’t ground Sully at the week­end box of­fice.

The Warner Bros drama­ti­sa­tion of the Sully, di­rected by Clint East­wood and star­ring Tom Hanks as Cap­tain Ch­es­ley ‘Sully’ Sul­len­berger, re­mained at num­ber one for the sec­ond week with US$22 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates on Sun­day.

The film tells the story of Sul­len­berger’s emer­gency land­ing of US Air­ways Flight 1549 in the Hud­son River in 2009 and the sub­se­quent Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board (NTSB) in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A trio of new­com­ers failed to fly close to the haul earned by Sully, which stands at US$70.5 mil­lion af­ter two weeks.

B‘BLAIR WITCH’ SEC­OND

Lion­s­gate’s hor­ror re­vival Blair Witch nabbed US$9.7 mil­lion at num­ber two, while the Work­ing Ti­tle Films com­edy Brid­get Jones’s Baby, with Re­nee Zell­weger again star­ring as the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter, crawled away with US$8.2 mil­lion.

“We al­ways think just be­cause some­thing has a recog­nis­able brand name that it’ll au­to­mat­i­cally be a hit with au­di­ences, but that’s not al­ways the case,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for box of­fice tracker comS­core.

Brid­get Jones’s Baby fared bet­ter over­seas, where the third film in the film se­ries star­ring Zell­weger as the goofy Bri­tish sin­gle­ton from He­len Field­ing’s nov­els earned US$29.9 mil­lion in 39 mar­kets, in­clud­ing Jones’ na­tive United King­dom.

Open Road Films’ Snow­den, which fea­tures Joseph Gor­donLe­vitt por­tray­ing NSA whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den, do­mes­ti­cally opened at num­ber four with US$8 mil­lion. The de­but marks the low­est in film­maker Oliver Stone’s ca­reer.

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