Horror flick breaks into top of US box office
SUSPENSE thriller Don't Breathe stole the United States box-office thunder in its opening weekend, knocking off Suicide Squad from three weeks at the top, industry estimates showed on Sunday.
Don't Breathe - a horror twist on home invasion themes - features a trio of thieves breaking into the house of a supposedly helpless wealthy blind man.
The top money-maker over the weekend snared US$26.1 million (S$35.5 million).
Suicide Squad slipped to the No. 2 spot at US$12.1 million. The film, starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as criminals hired to carry out secret missions, has raked in nearly US$283 million in its first four weeks, despite poor reviews.
Kubo And The Two Strings traded places with Sausage Party for third place, with US$7.9 million in its second week. The 3-D stop motion adventure fantasy is about a one-eyed boy on a quest in ancient Japan and his battles with the gods using a magical instrument.
The raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party, with Seth Rogan as the leading voice, made US$7.7 million.
Moviegoers spent US$7.5 million on action sequel Mechanic: Resurrection, putting it in fifth place on its opening weekend.
Jason Statham plays the highly skilled hitman Arthur Bishop and Jessica Alba is the love of his life.
Statham reprises his role from the 2011 film The Mechanic, loosely based on the 1972 film of the same name, starring Charles Bronson.