Initial Reaction: Video Review - DON'T BREATHE & MECHANIC: RESURRECTION

And so, the time has come. The final weekend of the summer movie season has come and gone and actually, turned out better than anyone was expecting I believe. With two wide releases and a couple of expansions there was plenty to see this weekend, but as expected the big winner was the new thriller from director Fede Alvarez in Don't Breathe. Going into the weekend it was clear the horror flick, which premiered to strong reviews earlier this year at Austin's SXSW festival, would likely take the no.1 spot, but pundits expected the film to finish anywhere between $10 and $20 million with distributor Screen Gems tempering their expectations to $11 or $12 million, but with Sunday estimates it looks as if the R-rated horror film will end the weekend with $26.1 million. This is certainly good news considering it was the better of the two new wide releases this week, but Hell or High Water also continued its platform release adding another 437 theaters this weekend and is one of the best films I've seen this year and so, if it's playing near you, definitely consider checking it out. Other smaller releases included Southside With You and Hands of Stone. I plan on catching up with Southside With You at some point this week and though The Weinstein Co. originally planned for Hands of Stone to be a wide release opening in over 2,000 theaters this weekend, they cut that back to just over 800 at the beginning of the week with the plan moving forward to open on Wednesday of this week, ahead of Labor Day weekend. I'll likely end up catching that one this Thursday when we watch and review Morgan for Initial Reaction. One of the bigger stories in Arkansas this weekend was the release of Greater, the story of college walk-on Brandon Burlsworth, which garnered $449,000 from a total of 340 theaters. I certainly plan on seeing what the local buzz is about with this one later this week as well. Finally, the other new wide release was the new Jason Statham actioner, Mechanic: Resurrection, which was also the first wide release for Lionsgate's specialty arm Lionsgate Premiere, which typically deals in limited and On Demand releases which is exactly what this Mechanic sequel should have been. The film finished fifth with an estimated $7.5 million, which was on the higher end of expectations. Regardless, don't see this movie-it's terrible. As always, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week!

Read my full Don't Breathe review here.

Read my full Mechanic: Resurrection review here.

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