Los Angeles (AFP) - "Sully," the real-life story of a pilot who landed his disabled jet on New York's Hudson River, grounded the competition at the North American box office for a second week, industry data showed on Monday.
The film, starring Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, earned $21.6 million over the weekend, beating out a trio of newcomers, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Sullenberger was a US Airways pilot who was hailed as a national hero in January 2009 after managing to save the lives of 155 passengers and crew in the emergency water landing.
The Clint Eastwood-directed film has earned $70.2 million at the box office in its first two weeks.
In second place was horror flick "Blair Witch," a follow-up of the 1999 "The Blair Witch Project," which earned $9.6 million.
Third place went to "Bridget Jones's Baby" at $8.6 million. Renee Zellweger reprises her single-woman role in the "Bridget Jones" romantic-comedy saga, this time finding herself pregnant and unsure who is the father.
"Snowden," director Oliver Stone's film about Edward Snowden, the US intelligence contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to journalists, opened in fourth place at $8 million
Suspense thriller "Don't Breathe" slipped from third to fifth place, taking in $5.6 million. It opened four weeks ago at the top of the box office.
Rounding out the top 10 films were:
"When the Bough Breaks" ($5.5 million)
"Suicide Squad" ($4.7 million)
"The Wild Life" ($2.8 million)
"Kubo and the Two Strings" ($2.5 million)
"Pete's Dragon" ($2.1 million)