Mag­nif­i­cent Seven tops US box of­fice

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven has topped the US box of­fice, tak­ing $35m on its open­ing week­end.

The film, which stars Den­zel Wash­ing­ton and Chris Pratt, is a re­make of the 1960 western film of the same name.

Its clos­est com­peti­tor was an­i­mated chil­dren’s movie Storks, which de­buted at num­ber two with $21.8m.

The two films knocked Tom Hanks’s Sully, which has been top of the box of­fice for the last two weeks, down to num­ber three.

The movie, which tells the true story of the 2009 “mir­a­cle on the Hud­son” emer­gency plane land­ing, took $13.8m.

Brid­get Jones’s Baby, which sees Renee Zellweger reprise her lead role in the third film in the fran­chise, was placed fourth with $4.5m.

Doc­u­men­tary film Snow­den held its top five po­si­tion af­ter tak­ing a fur­ther $4.1m over the week­end.

Wash­ing­ton and Hanks ranked as the over­whelm­ing rea­son au­di­ences went to see The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven and Sully re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to data gath­ered by comS­core, which com­piles the fig­ures.

Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for comS­core, said of the two ac­tors: “They are the model of con­sis­tency and they are the model of qual­ity.”

“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 theatre.”

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