LOS ANGELES • Don't Breathe, Sony's low-budget thriller, led the box office for a second straight weekend as the summer movie season closed out over a brisk Labour Day weekend.
The picture collected an estimated US$15.7 million (S$21.3 million) in United States and Canadian cinemas, researcher ComScore said on Sunday.
It will hit nearly US$55 million in its first 11 days and is already in profit for Sony, thanks to its price tag of less than US$10 million.
Warner Bros' fifth weekend of Suicide Squad showed impressive staying power in second place with about US$13.6 million for the weekend - enough for the supervillain tentpole to top the US$300-million mark on Monday.
But the holiday proved tough for two new entries into the market.
Disney's romance The Light Between Oceans, starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender as a couple who raise a baby they rescue from a rowboat, debuted at No. 6 with US$6.1 million.
The film had a budget of US$20 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Fox's sci-fi thriller Morgan was nearly invisible with US$2.4 million, leaving it in 18th place.
Kate Mara plays a risk-management consultant who must decide whether to terminate an artificially created humanoid being who has gone rogue. The film's cost, not including marketing, was US$8 million, according to the studio.
The Labour Day weekend, typically lacklustre compared with other holidays, sounded a brighter note at the end of a challenging summer for Hollywood, with revenue for the first three days rising about 12 per cent from a year earlier.
REUTERS, WASHINGTON POST