‘Mag­nif­i­cent Seven’ rides Den­zel’s star power to $35M de­but

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

MOVIE STARS don’t open movies any­more? Tell that to Den­zel Wash­ing­ton and Tom Hanks.

The pair, once co-stars in Philadel­phia, have to­gether dom­i­nated the last three weeks of the box of­fice. Af­ter Clint East­wood’s Miracle on the Hud­son docu­d­rama Sully – stars Hanks as Cap­tain Ch­es­ley Sul­len­berger – topped ticket sales of the last two weeks, The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven rode Wash­ing­ton’s star power to an es­ti­mated US$35-mil­lion de­but over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates on Sun­day.

Though both Wash­ing­ton and Hanks are in their early 60s, their box-of­fice clout might be just as po­tent as ever. The de­but of Sully was Hanks’ fourth-best open­ing of his ca­reer; the open­ing of The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven, An­toine Fuqua’s re­make of John Sturges’ 1960 west­ern (it­self a re­make of Akira Kuro­sawa’s Seven Sa­mu­rai), is Wash­ing­ton’s third best.

Both films boasted other en­tice­ments. East­wood is him­self a draw. And the en­sem­ble of The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven most no­tably in­cludes Chris Pratt, the Guardians of the Galaxy star and a po­ten­tial heir ap­par­ent to Wash­ing­ton and Hanks.

But Wash­ing­ton and Hanks ranked as the over­whelm­ing rea­son au­di­ences went to see ei­ther movie, ac­cord­ing to comS­core’s sur­vey of movie­go­ers.

“They are the model of con­sis­tency and they are the model of qual­ity,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for comS­core. “These are guys who can draw a huge au­di­ence in any type of movie that they’re in. It’s not like they’re pi­geon­holed into one kind of fran­chise. Den­zel Wash­ing­ton can be part of a genre, the west­ern, that doesn’t ex­actly have teenagers scram­bling to the movie theater.”

SPLASHY PRE­MIERES

Sony Pictures’ The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven wasn’t cheap to make — it cost about US$90 mil­lion — so its path to prof­itabil­ity isn’t as­sured. Di­rected by Fuqua (whose Train­ing Day and The Equal­izer also starred Wash­ing­ton), the film made

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Acad­emy Award win­ner Den­zel Wash­ing­ton in ‘The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven’. Here are es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at US, and Cana­dian the­aters, ac­cord­ing to comS­core: 1. US$35 mil­lion ($19.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$21.8 mil­lion (US$18.3 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$13.8 mil­lion (US$6.5 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$4.5 mil­lion (US$21.9 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$4.1 mil­lion (US$1.7 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$4 mil­lion (US$3.5 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$3.8 mil­lion (US$4.3 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional). US$3.1 mil­lion (US$3 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

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