“Sully” Launches To A Very Robust $35M

The Clint Eastwood-directed “Sully” launched on the weekend to a stellar $35.5 million, topping expectations and having the biggest opening for an adult drama in September. It’s also Eastwood’s second-best nationwide behind only “American Sniper,” and one of Hanks’ best drama film openings in years.

Overseas, “Sully” took off to $9.5 million from 39 markets with an especially strong debut in Australia. Reviews have also been strong with an 84% (7.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, a 75/100 on Metacritic, and an A CinemaScore in exit polls.

Psycho surrogate thriller “When the Bough Breaks” opened in second place with $15 million, a solid start but not up to the standards of other thrillers of this type such as “The Perfect Guy” which debuted to $25.9 million on the same weekend a year ago and also starred Morris Chestnut. The French/Belgian Robinson Crusoe-inspired animated feature “The Wild Life” came in fifth with a soft $3.3 million opening.

Relativity’s first release post-Chapter 11 bankruptcy, “The Disappointments Room,” utterly tanked on arrival. The Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till-led suspense film scored just $1.4 million in its opening and managed a rare and disastrous D CinemaScore. Also dying fast is the Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander-led “The Light Between Oceans” which fell 62% from its anemic debut last weekend and nabbed just a further $1.8 million.