What, you're really surprised that a Denzel Washington film debuted at the top of the box office this weekend? No, of course not. The Magnificent Seven — an Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of the 1960 western — lassoed its way to the top of the charts with its stars and guns, bringing in a cool $35 million in the U.S. Long-legged wading birds ended up trumping geese to earn the second place position, with the family-friendly animated romp Storks bringing in $21.9 million in its debut weekend, with Sully following in third place with $13.8 million. Meanwhile, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Snowden performed modestly to round out the fourth and fifth place positions with $4.5 million and $4.1 million, respectively. If the directors wrangled Hugh Grant to star in either of those, perhaps the profits would've been doubled. Who can say for sure?
Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven Delivers Stars and Guns, But Little Else
The movie has the trappings of a classic Western and it hits its marks, but there’s no grandeur in its images or generosity in its soul.By David Edelstein