‘Sully’ lands big with $35.5M haul
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.
Older viewers turned out to watch Tom Hanks as airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully.”