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Airplane drama 'Sully' makes waves

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:01 AM
Tom Hanks (right) and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from 'Sully'.
Morris Chestnut (left) and Regina Hall appear in a scene from 'When the Bough Breaks'.


Adult audiences turned out in droves to take the plunge with Sully, director Clint Eastwood's dramatisation of the Miracle on the Hudson. The film took flight with US$35.5 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday, surpassing expectations by around US$10 million.

Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who made an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, minutes after taking off. In addition to showing Sully's feat, the film explores the little-known National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the landing.

Both audiences and critics responded strongly to the taut drama, Eastwood's first since American Sniper. An estimated 80 per cent of those who turned out this weekend were over 35 years old, according to Warner Bros.

The Warner Bros film cost a reported US$60 million to produce. It's the first ever to be shot entirely with IMAX cameras. The 375 IMAX screens accounted for about US$4 million of the total this weekend.

Taking second place with US$15 million was the Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks, starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hill. It surpassed its modest US$10 million budget but failed to meet both analyst expectations and the precedent set by last year's African-American thriller The Perfect Guy, which made US$25.9 million on the same weekend.

Suicide Squad took fourth place with US$5.7 million, while the animated pic The Wild Life rounded out the top five with a dim $3.4 million.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.

1. Sully, US$35.5m (US$9.5m international)

2. When the Bough Breaks, US$15m

3. Don't Breathe, $8.2m ($9m international)

4. Suicide Squad, US$5.7m (US$10.1m international)

5. The Wild Life, US$3.4m

6. Kubo and the Two Strings, US$3.2m (US$2.3m international)

7. Pete's Dragon, US$2.9m (US$2.2m international)

8. Bad Moms, US$2.8m (US$3.7m international)

9. Hell or High Water, US$2.6m (US$1.3m international)

10. Sausage Party, US$2.3m ($4.2m international)