Magnificent Seven Shoots to the Top

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A team of fast-talking, sharp-shooting cowboys thundered into dusty, tumbleweed-filled multiplexes across the country—sidling up to the concession stand, demanding popcorn with extra butter and galloping into the sunset with a collective $35 million, according to studio estimates.

No one expected less of The Magnificent Seven, a big-budget Western remake headed by the likes of Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. Indeed, many prognosticators expected quite a bit more. But while the take won’t make Captain America shake in his boots, it was more than enough to claim the weekend’s box office crown, er, Stetson and give a bit more life to the American Western. How d’ya like them apples, pilgrim?

Storks, another newcomer, flapped into second place with $21.8 million little bundles of joy. While that also fell a bit below expectations, it was still more than enough to hold off a trio of holdovers for second place.

Two-time box-office champ Sully slipped to third with $13.8 million. Bridget Jones’s Baby crawled into fourth, drooling all over the $4.5 million it earned. And Snowden, director Oliver Stone’s newest effort, finished fifth with $4.1 million.

Meanwhile, Disney’s biographical Queen of Katwe finished waaaay down in the box office standings, pocketing just $305,000—good enough for 23rd place. But Queen played in just 52 theaters, and its per-theater average of $5,900 was higher than any other movie on the docket save Mag Seven. Don’t be surprised to see Disney’s inspirational chess story check itself into the Top Five next week when it rolls into more theaters.

Final figures update: 1. The Magnificent Seven, $34.7 million; 2. Storks, $21.3 million; 3. Sully, $13.5 million; 4. Bridget Jones’s Baby, $4.7 million; 5. Snowden, $4.1 million. 

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

I like the old Westerns much more than the newer remakes. There is a classic, high-spirited element to the older films.  Often, the new ones feel like a big wet blanket because they try to be "realistic."  For me, all that does is steal the glory.

Even so, this new 7 looks like it will be a fun movie night rental when it comes out on DVD.