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In what is proving to be a sleepy Labor Day weekend at the box office, “Don’t Breathe” continues to dominate with $4.2 million at 3,051 locations on Friday. The film, which carries a price tag below $10 million, is heading for a $15 million second frame, bringing its total to about $54 million.
Newcomers “The Light Between Oceans” and “Morgan” aren’t putting up much of a fight. The former, starring real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, will rake in about $5 million at 1,500 locations after earning $1.4 million on Friday; the later, an ensemble thriller earned $600,000 on Friday and is eyeing close to $2 million at 2,020 locations.
This first weekend in September follows a record August led by “Suicide Squad,” which will cross the $300 million domestic mark this weekend. The film picked up an additional $2.3 million on Friday and looks to take second this weekend with about $10 million at 3,292 locations.
Labor Day weekend is notoriously led by holdover films — the weekend is trapped between summer blockbuster season and fall, which is jam-packed with awards contenders. This summer’s final tally should wind up being about equal to last year’s $4.49 billion total.
The great success of Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films’ “Don’t Breathe” follows a trend of high-performing horror films. It stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang. Fede Alvarez directed the horror-thriller about three young robbers who target a blind veteran, but they tables turn as they are trapped and forced to fight for their lives.
“The Light Between Oceans” is a romantic drama in which a couple, who aren’t able to start a family, adopts an infant who mysteriously washes ashore. The film, from Disney, has a $20 million production budget. Derek Cianfrance directs from a script that he adapted from the M.L. Stedmannovel.
“Morgan” is a sci-fi film about a humanoid girl who rebels against her creators.Anya Taylor-Joy leads the ensemble cast which includes Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti. The Fox film had only a $6 million budget, and is directed by Luke Scott who has previously worked on his father, Ridley’s, films “The Martian” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
As “Bad Moms” heads for a $5 million sixth frame, the film will cross the $100 million landmark at the domestic box office. The female-driven comedy from Stx has far surpassed its $20 million budget.
In its fourth weekend, “Pete’s Dragon” is neck and neck with the third weekend of “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Both films picked up about $1.4 million on Friday and are heading for between $6 and $7 million this weekend.
“No Manches Frida,” from Lionsgate and Televisa’s Pantelion Film, cracked the top ten and is pacing about evenly with “The Light Between Oceans.” The film grossed over $1 million on Friday at 362 locations, and is eyeing a $4 million opening weekend. The Spanish language comedy is directed byNacho G. Velilla and tells the story of a bank robber who poses as a substitute teacher in order to recover money buried underneath the school.
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