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‘Sully’ still flying high at US box office

Real-life story of pilot who landed plan on the Hudson River stars Tom Hanks

AFP
13:35 September 20, 2016

Sully, the real-life story of a pilot who landed his disabled jet on New York’s Hudson River, grounded the competition at the North American box office for a second week, industry data showed on Monday.

The film, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, earned $21.6 million (Dh79.31 million) over the weekend, beating out a trio of newcomers, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Sullenberger was a US Airways pilot who was hailed as a national hero in January 2009 after managing to save the lives of 155 passengers and crew in the emergency water landing.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film has earned $70.2 million at the box office in its first two weeks.

In second place was horror flick Blair Witch, a follow-up of the 1999 The Blair Witch Project, which earned $9.6 million.

Third place went to Bridget Jones’s Baby at $8.6 million. Renee Zellweger reprises her single-woman role in the Bridget Jones romantic-comedy saga, this time finding herself pregnant and unsure who is the father.

Snowden, director Oliver Stone’s film about Edward Snowden, the US intelligence contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to journalists, opened in fourth place at $8 million

Suspense thriller Don’t Breathe slipped from third to fifth place, taking in $5.6 million. It opened four weeks ago at the top of the box office.