'Magnificent Seven' rides Denzel's star power to $35M debut

Antoine Fuqua's multi starrer "The Magnificent Seven" has taken the box office by storm on its opening weekend, pooling in $35 million domestically.

Still, the movie which also stars Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung Hun, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfi and Haley Bennett has a long way to go to recoup its hefty $90 million budget. He did have some help this time around with Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and others, but when Denzel is in a movie, it's always going to be his movie.

"The Magnificent Seven" is a remake of the successful 1960 film that featured Steve McQueen. Sony and MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven took the top spot with $35 million.

The Warner Bros. smash is now on course to join the all-time domestic Top 50, possibly on Wednesday, and will bump off Iron Man from that list in the process.

It's the third-highest opening for star Denzel Washington, following Safe House ($40.2 million) and American Gangster ($43.6 million), according to Box Office Mojo. Collectively, they gave the film an A-minus CinemaScore.

"The Magnificent Seven" delivered an "A-" from opening day audiences on CinemaScore and now holds a 63 per cent positive critics on RottenTomatoes. The film is co-financed by LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, and debuted on the Toronto Film Festival's opening night. That's the weakest performance for the month since 1996 - when The First Wives Club ruled the box office, along with little else.

"Storks" debuted in 33 worldwide markets this weekend and brought in an estimated $18.3 million, China, Mexico, Russia, Brazil and Australia are included in the screening countries.

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"We're extremely proud of how the movie turned out", said Jeff Goldstein, the studio's distribution chief. Featuring the voices of Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Aniston, the film follows modern-day storks who deliver products ordered online.

Coming in second this weekend was the premiere of the animated film Storks, which debuted with $21.8 million ($70 million production budget).

In recent decades, Warners hasn't been a big player in the animation space, although 2014's The Lego Movie was a box-office sensation. Overall, the picture was given an A-minus.

The film which depicts the real-life emergency landing of a commuter jet by pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on the Hudson River in 2009, picked up about 13-point-8 million dollars.

Bridget Jones's Baby, which sees Renee Zellweger reprise her lead role in the third film in the franchise, was placed fourth with $4.5m (£3.5m).

Suicide Squad may be in eighth with an estimated $3.1 million, but remains the top dog of the top ten with $318.1 million in domestic revenue (and $731.7 million worldwide).

"Snowden" lands in fifth place with an estimated weekend total of $4.1 million.

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