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Don't Breathe takes US top spot with $26.1 million

Don't Breathe

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR movie Don’t Breathe has shot to the top of the US box office with a $26.1 million opening weekend.

From writer-director Fede Alvarez, hitherto best known for the Evil Dead remake, Don’t Breathe follows a delinquent teenage girl and her boyfriend, along with another friend, whose attempt to rob a blind man’s house takes a terrifying turn. It stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang.

The $26.1 million was well ahead of expectations, especially as the summer of 2016 has been a difficult one for horror titles.

A delighted Sony worldwide president of marketing and distribution Josh Greenstein commented: “To more than double your production budget on opening weekend is a fantastic result. It’s the latest in a string of low-budget movies that have been very profitable movies for Sony, including The Shallows and Sausage Party. And Fede is a master storyteller.”

Elsewhere at the US box office, David Ayer’s anti-superhero film Suicide Squad fell to No. 2 with $12.1 million for a US total of $282.9 million.

While two animated titles occupied third and fourth: Kubo and the Two Strings came third with $7.9 million followed by the R-rated Sausage Party with $7.7 million. The latter, co-written by Seth Rogen, has now taken $80 million in the US.

Todd Phillips’ war dramedy War Dogs tumbled 51% in its second weekend to round out the top five, with $7.2 million for a 10-day US haul of $27.8 million.

Elsewhere around the box office, blockbuster flop Ben-Hur continued to struggle badly, plummeting to tenth spot in the US in only its second weekend with $4.5 million for a US total of $19.6 million (against a $100 million production cost).

Jason Statham-starrer Mechanic: Resurrection debuted to $7.5 million to take seventh spot, well below the $11.4 million opening of The Mechanic in 2011.

Beyond the US, there was good news for Jason Bourne, which opened to a stellar $50 million in China in its first six days – a series-best mark and already more than any previous Bourne film earned in the Middle Kingdom. Jason Bourne‘s worldwide total through Sunday is $347.9 million.

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