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‘Sully’ Flies High to $35.5 million US Opening

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Tom Hanks’ “Sully” has taken off with a stellar $35.5 million at 3,525 North American locations, marking a solid start to the fall box office season.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” handily outperformed recent expectations, which had been in the $25 million range. The action-adventure, which recreates 2009’s “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency landing, generated an A CinemaScore in a strong signal that “Sully” should continue to draw well in coming weeks.

Sony-Screen Gems drama “When the Bough Breaks” opened respectably in second with $15 million at 2,246 sites.

Lionsgate’s launch of European animated comedy “The Wild Life” generated only modest interest in fifth place with $3.4 million at 2,493 locations while Relativity’s horror film “The Disappointments Room” was nearly invisible with $1.4 million at 1,554 screens for a dismal $901 per-screen average. (Reuters)