Ding-dong! 'Blair Witch' appears to be dead at the box office

This Saturday box office report covers the movies 'Sully,' 'Blair Witch' and 'Bridget Jones's Baby.'

"Blair Witch," the sequel to the 1999 found-footage horror phenomenon, likely won't scare "Sully" out of first place at the box office this weekend.

The third film in the Lionsgate horror franchise, "Blair Witch" earned $4 million at the box office Friday, putting it on track to gross an underwhelming $9.4 million for the weekend, after opening on more than 3,000 screens.


Critics panned "Blair Witch," which was made for less than $10 million, and audiences are turning up their noses at it, too, giving the film a D+ Cinemascore. Heading into the weekend, some expected the film to gross as much as $19 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada through Sunday.

As it stands, "Blair Witch" will have little chance to catch Warner Bros.' true-life hero tale, "Sully," which collected $6.5 million Friday, on its way to a likely $21.76 million in its second week of release. The Tom Hanks vehicle, directed by Clint Eastwood, looks likely to drop just 38% in its second weekend, largely by attracting older audiences to theaters. The film took in $35 million last weekend.

"Sully" also seems to be robbing audiences from Universal's "Bridget Jones's Baby," which earned $3.04 million Friday, heading to a third place, $8.7 million opening weekend, a figure roughly in line with the mediocre opening for the second film in the Renee Zellwellger franchise, 2004's "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason."

In fourth place, Open Road's "Snowden," Oliver Stone's biographical thriller about the computer professional who leaked classified information, collected $3.02 million Friday, on its way to an $8.5 million opening weekend.

Also among new releases, "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise," a faith-based documentary from PureFlix, earned $628,000 Friday, placing it on track to collect $1.87 million this weekend.

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