‘Morgan’ makes just $2.5 million this weekend, ‘Don’t Breathe’ remains on top at the box office

09.05.16 1 year ago

Horror flick Don't Breathe held the top spot at the box office this holiday weekend but Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller directorial debut Morgan wasn't so lucky.

Don't Breathe took in an additional $19.6 million this weekend with Suicide Squad coming in at number two again with $12.8 million added to its total, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Pete's Dragon was third with $8.5 million more (just narrowly beating Kubo and the Two Strings) in its fourth weekend of release. THR writes:

Don't Breathe is the latest example of how horror is thriving. The movie has earned $55 million in its first 10 days after costing Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films under $10 million to make. Overseas, the film has grossed $5.3 million from its first 15 markets for a global take of $65.6 million.

Box Office Mojo notes the Fede Alvarez-directed film is “the second horror film to top the weekend box office two weekends in a row since 2014.” Disney/DreamWorks' The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz, was a new release this weekend and took in just $5.9 million but it was Fox's AI film, Morgan, that really crashed and burned.

Morgan featured Anya Taylor-Joy (of The Witch fame) as an artificial intelligence and Kate Mara as a corporate risk-management consultant sent to evaluate her. For a film directed by the son of sci-fi master Ridley Scott, I'm surprised it didn't fair a bit better. Then again, there was barely any marketing to speak of. It now sits in the top 20 worst openings of all-time for a film that opened in more than 2,000 theaters, according to BOM. “If there's any solace,” writes THR, the film “cost only $6 million to produce.”

Elsewhere, Godzilla Resurgence has become Japan's largest live-action opening of the year taking in $60 million over the weekend. It's yet to be released here and when it is, on October 11th, it will have an incredibly limited run so keep an eye out if you're interested.

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