'Sully' Lands at #1 at U.S. Weekend Box Office

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Entitled "Sully", the American director recreates the emergency water landing of the US Airways A320 in NY in 2009. "Clint Eastwood is the master of being understated ..."

Nothing unexpected for a film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks that chronicles real-life pilot Thomas "Sully" Sullenberger's life-saving "miracle on the Hudson" landing.

The film was adapted by Eastwood from Highest Duty, Sullenberger's autobiography.

Sully's weekend haul marks the fifth-best September opening of all time and Eastwood's top debut as a director.

The film should have legs over the coming weeks as audiences gave it an "A" CinemaScore and now has an 84% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Nabbing an A CinemaScore, the biographical drama skewed female (56 percent) in North America, while 80 percent of the audience was over the age of 35.

"The movie sells itself", said Warner Bros distribution executive Jeff Goldstein.

Most horror flicks make money, banking on low budgets and audiences with even lower standards of expectation. "They're already in the profit mode", Dergarabedian said. "It's a flawless kick off movie for the Fall movie season of 2016".

Sully, the first major film release of the fall, is also looking like the season's first major hit. The plane, piloted by Sullenberger (Hanks) and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), was met with disaster minutes after taking off from New York City's LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, when a flock of Canadian geese disabled both engines.

Sully, the kind of adult-oriented, mid-budget drama that is not supposed to succeed in theatres anymore, at least if you listen to franchise-obsessed studio executives, soared at the box office over the weekend. Finally, though sliding five places to tenth, Sausage Party is still a big victor, with an estimated $2.3 million adding to $93.2 million in domestic earnings. It generated the top opening for an Eastwood film in Russian Federation with $925,000 on 882 screens. They hire a surrogate, played by Jaz Sinclair, who develops a psychotic fixation on the husband as the pregnancy progresses.

"Don't Breathe" was in third place, with an estimated $8.2 million this weekend and $66.8 million in sales over three weeks of showings. Bruer noted that the 48 percent decline represented an excellent hold for the genre.

Suicide Squad raked in an estimated $5.7 million, and worldwide is a smash with $699.4 million pulled in.

In "The Wild Life", the story of Robinson Crusoe is retold by animals on the island he inhabited. LAIKA's stop-motion animated Kubo and the Two Strings is still in the game with $3.2 million, followed by Pete's Dragon with $2.9 million, and Bad Moms at $2.8 milion. The BOM report notes that this was the largest September IMAX opening for a wide release, and it made $4 million from 375 IMAX locations. A glaring exception was this weekend's debut of The Disappointments Room. The horror film The Disappointments Room was - amusing enough - a disappointment with $1.4 million.

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