Blair Witch, Bridget Jones fall flat
SOME things are not worth the wait, it seems.
Blair Witch and Bridget Jones's Baby, sequels to films that first hit theatres a generation ago, both stumbled in their debuts this weekend, earning a meagre US$9.7 million (S$13 million) and US$8.2 million respectively.
They were easily overpowered by Sully, the Clint Eastwood drama about the so-called miracle on the Hudson emergency plane landing that features Tom Hanks.
The Warner Bros release topped the domestic box office for a second consecutive weekend, earning US$22 million and pushing its stateside total to US$70.5 million.
The weekend's other wide-release launch, Oliver Stone's Snowden, picked up US$8 million from 2,443 locations for a fourth-place finish.
The look at Edward Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and got a warm reception at the Toronto International Film Festival.
But the leaker of US government secrets remains a controversial figure, which might have limited the movie's appeal.
Some rival studios had expected Blair Witch to earn US$20 million, potentially toppling Sully from its throne.
But a lot went wrong, starting with some bad reviews and a D CinemaScore.
Bridget Jones's Baby is another exercise in diminishing returns. The romantic comedy cost US$35 million to produce.
But it is faring better overseas, where it racked up US$29.9 million.