IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF - Photos and text from wire ser­vices

by Fuqua (whose “Train­ing Day” and “The Equal­izer” also starred Wash­ing­ton), the film made splashy pre­mieres at both the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and the Venice Film Fes­ti­val.

Com­ing in at a dis­tant sec­ond was Warner Bros.’ “Storks,” an an­i­mated re­lease where the large-winged birds have given up the baby de­liv­ery busi­ness for on­line sales. The film, which cost about $70 mil­lion to make, opened with $21.8 mil­lion. Di­rected by Ni­cholas Stoller and Doug Sweet­land, its voice cast is led by Andy Sam­berg.

The rest of the top 10 was pop­u­lated by holdovers, with “Sully” slot­ting in at third with $13.8 mil­lion in its third week. It has now grossed $92.4 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. A po­ten­tially big­ger test of Hanks’ draw­ing power awaits the ac­tor next month with the re­lease of “In­ferno,” in which he reprises his role as Robert Lang­don in the Dan Brown fran­chise.

“The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven” slots in as one of the big­gest open­ings for a Western ever, though the genre’s hey­day pre­dated mod­ern wide re­leases. The only Westerns to de­but bet­ter, not ac­count­ing for in­fla­tion, bended the genre in other di­rec­tions: sci-fi in the case of “Cowboys & Aliens” ($36.4 mil­lion in 2011) and an­i­ma­tion in “Rango” ($38.1 mil­lion, also in 2011).

SAM EMERSON/SONY PIC­TURES VIA AP

Chris Pratt, right, and Den­zel Wash­ing­ton in a scene from “The Mag­nif­i­cent Seven.”

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