As the dog days of August drag on, the $10 million horror flick Don't Breathe exceeded expectations to earn $26 million at the box office this weekend, vaulting into first place and knocking Suicide Squad from the top spot. The movie got pretty great reviews as well, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of over 90% from critics, although audiences gave it a lukewarm Cinemascore of "B+"- still, it almost tripled its budget in the first three days of release, so that's a smashing success.
Suicide Squad picked up another $12 million for second place, with its total now at $282 million and $635 million globally, while Kubo and the Two Strings came in third with $7 million, just above Sausage Party, which fell to fourth. Rounding out the top five was the poorly reviewed Jason Statham actioner Mechanic: Resurrection, which didn't make much of a splash at all (not totally sure how Statham has managed to keep starring in movies all these years- they don't exactly make a lot of coin).
- Don't Breathe- $26.1 million
- Suicide Squad- $12.1 million
- Kubo and the Two Strings- $7.9 million
- Sausage Party- $7.7 million
- Mechanic: Resurrection- $7.5 million
In limited release, Southside With You, the Obama's first date movie, opened on over 800 screens with an okay $3 million, but may hold well with great reviews of its own, while Hell or High Water keeps plugging along, bringing in $3.7 million from over 900 screens as it continues to expand. In totals news, Bad Moms keeps showing off strong staying power, pulling in another $5 million for a total of $95 million and now sure to cross $100 million for that underserved female demographic, so congratulations to STX for that one. There's really nothing of note coming out next weekend over Labor Day, so expect to see the holdovers do well next week.