Sep 27, 2016

    The Magnificent Seven hits bullseye with $47 million


    DENZEL Washington hit the bullseye again. The Magnificent Seven, the Oscar-winner's first western, topped the box office, picking up a solid US$35 million (S$48 million).

    Hollywood's star system has shrivelled in the past decade, but Washington's still shines brightly.

    He hasn't had a film open to less than US$20 million since 2007's The Great Debaters.

    The Magnificent Seven easily snagged the crown from Sully, a retelling of the miraculous plane landing on the Hudson river that topped the box office for two weeks. The drama slid to third place with US$13.8 million, bringing its stateside total to a healthy US$92.4 million.

    Storks, an animated comedy from Warner Bros, came in second with US$21.8 million. It's a disappointing result given that the picture had been tracking to open to US$30 million or higher.

    The film centres on a group of storks who have transitioned from baby delivering to hauling packages for an e-commerce behemoth.

    Bridget Jones's Baby took fourth place with US$4.5 million, pushing the romantic comedy's domestic total to a lacklustre US$16.5 million after two weeks.

    Blair Witch rounded out the top five, earning just under US$4 million and bringing its total to roughly US$16 million.