Scary ‘Don’t Breathe’ ousts ‘Sui­cide Squad’

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — Associated Press

The hor­ror movie “Don’t Breathe” has rea­son to let out a big sigh of re­lief: Au­di­ences turned out in droves for the late sum­mer thriller, which brought in $26.1 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates re­leased Sun­day.

That’s more than dou­ble the early pre­dic­tions for how the scary film would per­form and far above the mod­est pro­duc­tion bud­get, which was re­port­edly less than $10 mil­lion.

“Don’t Breathe” is about a group of Detroit teens who chose the wrong house to rob — that of a blind, venge­ful vet­eran. It stars Jane Levy and Dy­lan Min­nette and was di­rected by Fede Al­varez, who is known for the “Evil Dead” re­make.

It’s the lat­est hor­ror suc­cess for Hol­ly­wood this sum­mer, which has seen films like “Lights Out,” “The Con­jur­ing 2” and “The Purge: Elec­tion Year” thrive while their big­ger-bud­get, spec­ta­cle-driven coun­ter­parts flailed.

“Don’t Breathe” ef­fec­tively un­seated “Sui­cide Squad” from its three-week run atop the box of­fice. This week­end, the comic book film “Sui­cide Squad” grossed $12.1 mil­lion, bring­ing its do­mes­tic to­tal to $282.9 mil­lion.

“Kubo and the Two Strings” took third place in its sec­ond week­end in the­aters with $7.9 mil­lion. The $60 mil­lion film has now earned $24.8 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally.


Jane Levy stars in “Don’t Breathe.” It was di­rected by Fede Al­varez, who is known for the “Evil Dead” re­make.

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