“Sully” gives Clint Eastwood biggest box office opening as a director
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“Sully” gives Clint Eastwood biggest box office opening as a director

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Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s new movie has soared to the top of the U.S. box office in its opening weekend.

Sully, which chronicles hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane landing on water in 2009 and its aftermath, shot to number one with a $35.5 million weekend haul, making it the fifth best opening in September and landing Eastwood his best first weekend as a director.

Hanks, who plays Sully in the movie, has had a big weekend – on Friday night he helped close out this year’s Stand Up to Cancer telecast in the U.S. by introducing Celine Dion. The singer performed Recovering, her heartwrenching tribute to late husband Rene Angelil, which was written by Pink.

Sullenberger, who successfully guided US Airways Flight 1549 to a safe emergency water landing on the Hudson River in 2009 after both its engines had been disabled by a flock of Canada geese – saving all of the flight’s 155 crew and passengers, was a big part of the film’s promotional campaign, even parodying Hanks’ film characters in a skit on late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week.

Back to the box office, thriller When the Bough Breaks, starring Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut, debuts at two with $15 million, while horror movie Don’t Breathe falls to three after two weeks at the top.

Blockbuster Suicide Squad and new animated movie The Wild Life round out the new top five.

Meanwhile, Kate Beckinsale’s new horror The Disappointments Room was a big disappointment at the U.S. box office, taking in just $1.4 million thanks in part to a series of terrible reviews.


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