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The Magnificent Seven remake tops US box office with $35 million

The Magnificent Seven

Story by Jack Foley

ANTOINE Fuqua’s star-studded remake of classic Western The Magnificent Seven has ridden to the top of the US box office with a very healthy $35 million opening draw.

The figure marks one of the top openings of all time for a Western, not accounting for inflation.

Denzel Washington, reuniting with Fuqua for a third time following Training Day and The Equalizer, heads the ensemble cast, which further includes Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard and Vincent D’Onofrio.

The previous record holder for Westerns at the box office was Cowboys & Aliens, which opened to $36.4 million. But that only relates to live-action. Animated offering Rango is the overall champ with $38.1 million.

In terms of Fuqua’s career, the figure marks the director’s best. His previous winner was The Equalizer with $34.1 million. Washington, however, has enjoyed better with the likes of 2007’s American Gangster ($43.6 million) and 2012’s Safe House ($40.2 million).

Commenting on the figure, Sony worldwide president of marketing and distribution Josh Greenstein said: “It’s great to have a movie with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in it. They are proven stars and just so winning, especially together.”

Elsewhere at the US box office, animated movie Storks struggled to take flight despite targeting the family crowd. The film came in second with a modest $21.8 million.

Clint Eastwood’s box-office hit Sully, the true life drama starring Tom Hanks, came in third with $13.8 million in its third weekend, bringing its US total to $92.4 million.

Bridget Jones’s Baby placed fourth in its second weekend, taking just $4.5 million for a disappointing 10-day US haul of $16.5 million. The romantic comedy is, however, doing much better overseas, where it took in another $21.9 million for a 10-day foreign total of $67.1 million and global take of $83.6 million.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was Oliver Stone’s Snowden, the biopic of the infamous American whistleblower Edward Snowden, as portrayed in the film by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film took $4.1 million for a muted US total of $15 million.

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