Sep 06, 2016

    Don't Breathe holds top spot at box office for 2nd week


    SUSPENSE thriller Don't Breathe held on tight to the top of the North American box office this weekend - keeping rival movies on tenterhooks for a second week running, industry estimates showed on Sunday.

    Moviegoers plunked down US$15.7 million (S$21.3 million) to see the horror twist on a home invasion, box office monitor Exhibitor Relations said of preliminary figures.

    The weekend for most people was extended a day by the Labour Day public holiday yesterday, the unofficial end of the American summer.

    Don't Breathe tells the tale of what happens when a trio of thieves break into the house of a supposedly helpless rich blind man.

    The film has earned US$51.4 million since its debut in the number-one spot last week.

    Suicide Squad remained the number-two money maker, at US$10 million.

    Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as criminals hired to carry out secret missions, it has raked in US$297.4 million in its first five weeks, despite poor reviews.

    Pete's Dragon jumped from sixth to third place, taking US$6.5 million. The Disney reboot of a 1977 family fantasy film tells the story of an orphaned boy, Pete, and his adventures with his best friend, Elliot, a furry dragon.