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Don't Breathe retains US top spot with huge $19 million

Don't Breathe

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR movie Don’t Breathe has enjoyed a second week at the top of the US box office with an unexpectedly massive Labor Day weekend haul of $19.4 million – one of the best numbers ever for the long holiday weekend.

If that figure is confirmed on Monday, the low-budget film, which is a hit with critics as well as audiences, will have taken $54.8 million in just 10 days of release, against a production budget of just under $10 million.

Another strong holdover was critically derided superhero flick Suicide Squad, which clung onto second spot with $13.7 million to bring its US total to just over $300 million in five weeks. The figures mark a win for Warner Bros and director David Ayer, who had suffered a strong critical backlash to the DC Comics tentpole.

But while there was good news for holdover titles, some of the weekend’s new releases struggled to make any impact with audiences despite boasting – in some cases – awards potential pedigree.

Director Derek Cianfrance’s emotional drama Light Between Oceans earned $4.5 million for the three days, for a projected four-day debut of $6 million, meaning that it’s in a a close race with holdovers Bad Moms and War Dogs for sixth or seventh spot.

The film, which made its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last week, stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander as a childless couple living in an isolated lighthouse who discover an infant.

Another new release, the sci-fi drama Morgan, earned a dismal $2 million for a projected four-day gross of $2.4 million, putting it at No. 18. The film, starring Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Anya Taylor-Joy and Toby Jones, follows a group of scientists who create Morgan (Taylor-Joy), a being with superhuman qualities. It marks the directorial debut of Ridley Scott’s son, Luke.

That left the US top five to be filled completely by holdovers, with Disney’s Pete’s Dragon coming third, with $6.47 million for a US total of $64.2 million; animated movie Kubo and The Two Strings fourth with $6.46 million ($34.3m total) and R-rated animated title Sausage Party in fifth with $5.3 million ($88.4 million total).

Another R-rated title, Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis, jumped the $100 million mark.

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