Box Office: “Blair Witch” bests “Bridget?” “Snowden” bombs,”Sully” closes in on $70

boxThe heroic pilot picture “Sully” will enjoy one more weekend at the top of the fall box office, thanks to a strong Friday and projections that it will hit the $21-22 million mark for the weekend, and $70 million overall, by midnight Sunday.

Next week, “Deep Water Horizon” will chase Hanks and Clint off the top spot. Trust me.

None of the newcomers are setting the world on fire, which means whatever the Brits and the rest of the world may still love about Bridget Jones and her now-digital diary, America is over her and Renee Zellweger and Firth. They waited entirely too long to make the third film, and did such a horrid job with the second one.

It should have a certain f-bomb laced resonance with an over 35 audience, late unplanned pregnancy, etc. But the character hasn’t matured as she’s aged beyond “klutzy cute kid” and Zellweger has fallen off the radar, with only her alterations to her appearance meriting any coverage during this long, fallow stretch of her career.

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” will clear $8 million, kind of a bomb. It may give the “Blair Witch” reboot a run for its money, but even that is underperforming, opening in the $8-9 range as well. A good horror picture or one with a little franchise buzz will do mid-teens every time. Not this one.

And both of those are besting Oliver Stone’s latest, “Snowden.” Making the leaker who landed in Russia a hero isn’t going to sell a lot of tickets, even if Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys-Ifans and Nicolas Cage are in it and as good as the hagiography script lets them be.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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