Two weeks on top for 'Sully'
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Blair Witch, Bridget Jones's Baby and Snowden didn't ground Sully at the weekend box office.
The Warner Bros dramatisation of the Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, remained at number one for the second week with US$22 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
The film tells the story of Sullenberger's emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 and the subsequent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation.
A trio of newcomers failed to fly close to the haul earned by Sully, which stands at US$70.5 million after two weeks.
'BLAIR WITCH' SECOND
Lionsgate's horror revival Blair Witch nabbed US$9.7 million at number two, while the Working Title Films comedy Bridget Jones's Baby, with Renee Zellweger again starring as the titular character, crawled away with US$8.2 million.
"We always think just because something has a recognisable brand name that it'll automatically be a hit with audiences, but that's not always the case," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore.
Bridget Jones's Baby fared better overseas, where the third film in the film series starring Zellweger as the goofy British singleton from Helen Fielding's novels earned US$29.9 million in 39 markets, including Jones' native United Kingdom.
Open Road Films' Snowden, which features Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, domestically opened at number four with US$8 million. The debut marks the lowest in filmmaker Oliver Stone's career.