‘Sully’ soars over ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Brid­get’ at box of­fice

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Der­rik J. Lang AP En­ter­tain­ment Writer

LOS ANGELES >> “Blair Witch,” “Brid­get Jones’s Baby” and “Snow­den” didn’t ground “Sully” at the week­end box of­fice.

The Warner Bros. drama­ti­za­tion of the Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son di­rected by Clint East­wood and star­ring Tom Hanks as Cap­tain Ch­es­ley “Sully” Sul­len­berger re­mained at No. 1 for the sec­ond week with $22 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

The film tells the story of Sul­len­berger’s emer­gency land­ing of US Air­ways Flight 1549 in the Hud­son River in 2009 and the sub­se­quent Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A trio of new­com­ers failed to fly close to the haul earned by “Sully,” which stands at $70.5 mil­lion after two weeks.

Lionsgate’s hor­ror re­vival “Blair Witch” nabbed $9.7 mil­lion at No. 2, while the Work­ing Ti­tle Films com­edy “Brid­get Jones’s Baby” with Re­nee Zell­weger again star­ring as the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter crawled away with $8.2 mil­lion.

“We al­ways think just be­cause some­thing has a rec­og­niz­able brand name that it’ll au­to­mat­i­cally be a hit with au­di­ences, but that’s not al­ways the case,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for box of­fice tracker comS­core.

“Brid­get Jones’s Baby” fared bet­ter over­seas, where the third film in the film se­ries star­ring Zell­weger as the goofy Bri­tish sin­gle­ton from He­len Field­ing’s nov­els earned $29.9 mil­lion in 39 mar­kets, in­clud­ing Jones’ na­tive United King­dom.

Open Road Films’ “Snow­den,” which fea­tures Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt por­tray­ing NSA whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den, do­mes­ti­cally opened at No. 4 with $8 mil­lion. The de­but marks the low­est in film­maker Oliver Stone’s ca­reer.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cal­lie Her­nan­dez in per­forms a scene from “Blair Witch.”

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