‘Magnificent Seven,’ western with diverse cast, a hit
While important for Sony, which has found several profitable films of late, “The Magnificent Seven” is an even bigger win for MGM, which oversaw production and needed a hit to bounce back from its “Ben-Hur” misadventures last month. (MGM also had an unconventional hit in June: “Me Before You,” a drama, slept its way to $205 million worldwide.) The second-biggest draw at the North American box office over the weekend was the animated “Storks,” which collected a disappointing $21.8 million, according to comScore, which compiles ticketing data. Produced by Warner Bros. for about $70 million before marketing costs, “Storks” was expected by most analysts to take in at least $30 million.
Warner is hoping that the movie finds a bigger audience over the next month; the next major animated movie, “Trolls,” does not arrive until early November. Also of note: “Queen of Katwe” (Walt Disney Studios), a family-oriented drama starring Lupita N’yongo and David Oyelowo, arrived in limited release at 52 locations and took in a so-so $305,000. The film, which earned a rare A-plus grade in CinemaScore exit polls, will roll into more theaters next weekend.