‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake From Sony Tops Weekend Box Officeby
“The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the successful 1960 western that featured Steve McQueen, led the box office with a subdued debut for Sony Corp.
Featuring a multicultural cast, “The Magnificent Seven” collected an estimated $34.7 million from U.S. and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said Monday in an e-mailed statement. The film beat the new animated release “Storks” from Time Warner Inc.’s film division, which placed second. Walt Disney Co. also released the sports drama “Queen of Katwe” in a small number of theaters.
The win for Sony comes after some misfires, including its attempt to revive “Ghostbusters” into a female-led franchise. The Culver City, California based studio has been falling in market share in recent years. So far in 2016, it’s fifth among the six major film companies. Sony had a recent win with its small-budget horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” which held the top spot at theaters for two weeks.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt star in the western remake about seven gunmen in the old west who come together to help a village fight marauding thieves. Like the film that featured McQueen, Yul Brynner and Charles Bronson, it’s based on the original screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.
Antoine Fuqua directed the remake and “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto was one of the co-writers of the screenplay.
The new movie had a production budget of $90 million, according to Box Office Mojo, and was forecast to debut in first place with sales of $51 million, the estimate of analysts at BoxOfficePro.com. It scored largely positive reviews.
Warner Bros.’ “Storks” garnered $21.3 million, compared with a projection of $31.7 million at Hollywood Stock Exchange. It cost the studio $70 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo, as well as millions more to market. Featuring the voices of Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Aniston, the film follows modern-day storks who deliver products ordered online. Chaos ensues when they have to deliver a baby.