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Sully still soaring at the box office

2016-09-19 09:45

Los Angeles — Blair Witch, Bridget Jones's Baby and Snowden didn't ground Sully at the weekend box office.

The Warner Bros. dramatisation of the Miracle on the Hudson directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger remained at No. 1 for the second week with $22m, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The film tells the story of Sullenberger's emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 and the subsequent National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the landing.

A trio of newcomers failed to fly close to the haul earned by Sully, which stands at $70.5m after two weeks.

Lionsgate's horror revival Blair Witch nabbed $9.7m at No. 2, while the Working Title Films comedy Bridget Jones's Baby with Renee Zellweger again starring as the titular character crawled away with $8.2m.

"We always think just because something has a recognisable brand name that it'll automatically be a hit with audiences, but that's not always the case," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore.

Open Road Films' Snowden, which features Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, opened at No. 4 with $8m. The debut marks the lowest in filmmaker Oliver Stone's career.

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