‘Sully’ lands big with $35.5M haul

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Adult au­di­ences turned out in droves to take the plunge with “Sully,” di­rec­tor Clint East­wood’s drama­ti­za­tion of the Mir­a­cle on the Hudson. The film took flight with $35.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day, sur­pass­ing ex­pec­ta­tions by about $10 mil­lion.

Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Ch­es­ley “Sully” Sul­len­berger, who made an emer­gency land­ing of US Air­ways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, min­utes af­ter tak­ing off. In ad­di­tion to show­ing Sully’s feat, the film ex­plores the lit­tle-known Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the land­ing.

Both au­di­ences and crit­ics re­sponded strongly to the taut drama — East­wood’s first since “Amer­i­can Sniper.” An es­ti­mated 80 per­cent of those who turned out this week­end were over the age of 35, ac­cord­ing to Warner Bros.

The Warner Bros. film cost a re­ported $60 mil­lion to pro­duce. It’s the first-ever to be shot en­tirely with IMAX cam­eras. The 375 IMAX screens ac­counted for about $4 mil­lion of the to­tal this week­end.

Tak­ing se­cond place with $15 mil­lion was the Screen Gems thriller “When the Bough Breaks,” star­ring Mor­ris Ch­est­nut and Regina Hill. It sur­passed its mod­est $10 mil­lion bud­get, but failed to meet both an­a­lyst ex­pec­ta­tions and the prece­dent set by last year’s African Amer­i­can thriller “The Per­fect Guy,” which made $25.9 mil­lion on the same week­end.

WARNER BROS. PIC­TURES

Older view­ers turned out to watch Tom Hanks as air­line pi­lot Ch­es­ley Sul­len­berger in “Sully.”

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