New horror film Don’t Breathe shattered all studio expectations and predictions with estimates placing the film over $26 million for the weekend.
Studios predicted a conservative $11-12 million dollar debut, while prognosticators called for $15 million at the weekend box office.
Don’t Breathe ended Suicide Squad’s run as box office champ at the three week mark and looks to add to the total over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which features no competition in the form of new, wide screen studio releases. Don’t Breathe more than doubled Suicide Squad’s second place ranking, as DC Comics anti-hero team finished with an estimated $12 million in ticket sales.
The film will face some stiff competition through September however, with a slew of horror films such as Rob Zombie’s 31, The Disappointments Room, and the highly anticipated Blair Witch sequel all set to debut.