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Box Office: ‘Blair Witch’ Stumbles With $4 Million Friday, Fights ‘Bridget Jones,’ ‘Snowden’ for Second

Blair Witch
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What was shaping up to be a race between the superhuman and supernatural is looking less so now that “Blair Witch” has stumbled in its opening weekend box office. Earning reports from Friday night show “Sully” will steer clear of its competition and remain on top.

“Blair Witch” will conjure about $10 million this weekend, which is far below earlier projections from outside distributors which stood at about $23 million as recently as Tuesday. The Lionsgate horror film with a $5 million price tag made $4 million Friday night at 3,121 locations.

In its second weekend at the box office, “Sully” earned $6.6 million at 3,525 locations on Friday, and is aiming at $21 million this weekend. That’s following an opening weekend that won the box office with just over $35 million.

The highly-anticipated romantic comedy threequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is now neck and neck with “Blair Witch” as it looks to produce about $9 million this weekend at 2,927 screens. The film — from Universal, Miramax, StudioCanal and Working Title — made $3 million on Friday. Open Road’s “Snowden” also exposed $3 million in its first Friday at 2,443 locations, and looks to make about $9 million this weekend as well.

“Bridget Jones” earnings are strong at the international box office as it opened in 39 territories in addition to the U.S. and Canada this weekend. As of Friday the film grossed $13 million at the international box office including $4 million in the U.K. alone, making it the biggest comedy and romantic comedy opening day of all time in the country.

The documentary “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise,” about the hugely popular megachurch, looks to open to about $2 million at 816 locations after picking up $629,000 on Friday.

“Sully” stars Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who miraculously landed his plane in New York’s Hudson River in 2009. Clint Eastwood directs the film which also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

“Blair Witch” is the latest in the franchise spawned by the original “Blair Witch Project” found-footage film in 1999. Adam Wingard directs the most recent film about a group of friends lead by a man named James (James Allen McCune) who go to the woods in search of his missing sister.

Another familiar series title, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is the first “Bridget Jones” movie since 2004’s “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.” Sharon Maguire, who directed the 2001 original that earned Zellweger an Oscar nomination, returns to direct the latest movie from a script written by Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson.

Oliver Stone takes the lead in “Snowden” in what Variety critic Owen Gleiberman calls the director’s “most exciting — and relevant — movie in years.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the controversial government worker who leaked classified documents about the NSA to the public.

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