Don’t Breathe Yawns to Second Victory


Summertime is movie time. Air-conditioned theaters beckon bored kids into their cozy, popcorn-encrusted confines with the year’s biggest superhero tentpoles, edge-of-your-seat actioners and family-friendly cartoons.

But there’s only so much artificially flavored popcorn and Milk Duds we can eat. And given that this year’s summer movie season started in, oh, about March (with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), it’s little wonder that the summertime box office seems like it’s finally gasping its last.

So it’s sorta fitting that Don’t Breathe, last week’s champ, repeated at the top of the box office standings. The tiny horror-thriller scared up another $15.8 million during the traditional weekend (and $19.6 million if you throw in Labor Day’s estimated grosses) to win the weekend’s tourney. It’s the first time that a movie has earned less than $20 million and still topped the box office since the weekend of Jan. 22, when The Revenant conquered all comers with $16 million.

A bevy of holdovers dominated the Top Five. Suicide Squad shows no signs of dying just yet, earning another $9.8 million for second. Kubo and the Two Strings collected $6.4 million for third. Pete’s Dragon is holding on to the top five with reptilian tenacity, banking $6.4 million for fourth, and Sausage Party festers on the fifth-place shelves with $5.2 million.

The Light Between the Oceans was the highest newcomer on the list. This compelling drama pulled $4.6 million from the box office waters to finish eighth.

Far more interesting, in my opinion, are the worldwide numbers I saw this morning. According to Box Office Mojo, Captain America: Civil War has earned close to $1.2 billion around the globe, making it the No. 1 movie of the year. Zootopia is second, with just a hair (hare?) over $1 billion. The Jungle Book is No. 3 with $963.8 million, and Finding Dory is No. 4 with $944 million. The significance of this list? All four of those movies are Disney pics.

And keep in mind, Disney still has a couple of major movies to unfurl this year: the princess-centric animated lark Moana, and a little thing called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It seems not just possible, but likely that the House of Mouse will have all top five worldwide slots before the books close on 2016.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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SJamison More than 1 year ago
Hoping I can see "Suicide Squad" before it leaves theaters.  It hit just as I had to switch to "no paid entertainment until October" mode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Posted by First Comment Guy

I don't really think the summer blockbuster season started in March; rather, I think that ever since 2015, Hollywood has invented itself a new blockbuster season: the Spring Blockbuster Season!

Last year spring had pre-summer hits like Cinderella, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and Furious 7 before the summer got off with Avengers: Age of Ultron. And this past spring started its movie season with Deadpool, and was continued by Zootopia, Batman v Superman, and The Jungle Book.

But in terms of the '2016 Summer Movie Season', I'm personally glad it's over. It's just been one disappointment after another, and aside from Finding Dory, there wasn't anything good playing (I'm sorry, but I just didn't care for Captain America: Civil War). I really hope that 2017 will be a much better blockbuster season, because next year has so much potential to be AWESOME!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by Peggy Carter

What made Civil War so bad? Strange as it sounds, I liked Civil War better than Finding Dory, albeit in different ways. I just don't understand all the criticism. I did think that the fighting got old, some of the characters a little cliche, but other than that I thought it was well-made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I've talked about how I was disappointed with Civil War in the past on this website, so I won't rant again.

But let's get something straight: I didn't not like Captain America: Civil War. It's just that there were a number of things that prevented me from loving it, with the biggest problem being a lack of any sense of danger. Because at the end of the day, the whole airport battle, as well composed as it was, was nothing more than a pillow fight between friends.

But don't get me wrong. I'm still very excited for Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther.