MGM and Columbia Pictures’ remake of “The Magnificent Seven” rounded up $1.75 million on Thursday from 3,096 locations. The film is pacing for a $30 million-plus opening weekend.
Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and directed by Antoine Fuqua, “The Magnificent Seven” is presented in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. It carries a production cost of $90 million.
Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo also make up the cast of the movie, which is a remake of a remake. Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” inspired the 1960 John Sturges western of the same name, which then, in turn, spawned the current iteration.
“The Magnificent Seven” screened during the opening night of the Toronto Film Festival. In his review for Variety, critic Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film, “hits all the right buttons but misses the fun of the original.” The film currently has a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The western faces off this weekend with “Storks,” an animated feature from Warner Bros. that includes in its voice cast Andy Samberg, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Katie Crown and Kelsey Grammer. The film is on pace to launch this weekend in the $30 million range, and carries a $70 million price tag.
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Fandango reported Thursday that “The Magnificent Seven” is seeing the hottest advance ticket sales of Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington’s careers. At this point in the advance sales cycle, the film is outselling the “The Equalizer,” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” “Storks” is currently outpacing “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” in advance sales on Fandango as well.
Both films look to topple Tom Hanks’ “Sully” which has soared on top of the box office for the past two weekends.