Magnificent Seven Rides Off Into The Sunset After Huge Opening Weekend
America wants cowboys—or, specifically, America wants Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and a bunch of brooding, dirt-spackled, bad guys-gone-good playing cowboys, and they’ll shell out millions of dollars to see them wreak havoc in the name of freedom in order to do it.
The Magnificent Seven (read our enthusiastic review) topped out the box office its opening weekend with a $35 million debut, beating animated comedy Storks and clinching one of the most successful openings for a Western film ever.
The film is a remake of a remake, basically: Antoine Fuqua’s star-studded 2016 version is an update of the 1960 Western that put a spin on Akira Kurosawa’s epic Seven Samurai. With a cast that includes Washington, Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard and Vincent D’Onofrio, The Magnificent Seven boasts a serious draw of heavy-hitting talent, which definitely explains why the flick did better than a bird movie.
As for the Best Western Opening ever deal: Without accounting for inflation, The Hollywood Reporter explains that Westerns don’t typically soar at the box office, but that the record holder, 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens, brought in $36.4 million when it opened.
Honestly: There are worst things than being the first runner-up in a race with a movie that has both “Cowboys” and “Aliens” in the damn title, so kudos to The Magnificent Seven all around.
The Magnificent Seven premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the trailer below.