Box-Office Preview: 'Bridget Jones,' 'Snowden' and the 'Blair Witch' to Battle 'Sully'

The Hollywood Reporter

Talk about an early crush at the fall box office.

A trio of high-profile films are debuting this weekend, including sequel Blair Witch and threequel Bridget Jones's Baby, as well as Oliver Stone''s biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden.

All three could have a hard time toppling holdover Sully from the top spot, according to projections. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Sully flew high with a $35 million debut last weekend and has enjoyed record September midweek business.

Among the new offerings, Lionsgate's Blair Witch could scare off Bridget Jones's baby with a debut approaching $20 million.

Bridget Jones, reuniting Renee Zellweger with Colin Firth and introducing Patrick Dempsey to the romantic comedy series, looks to open in the mid- to high-teens for Universal and Working Title, predictions show.

Close attention will also be paid to the performance of Stone's Snowden, co-starring Shailene Woodley. The film, distributed in the U.S. by Open Road Films, hopes to be an awards season player, and made a stop at the Toronto Film Festival (as did Blair Witch).

Tracking suggests Snowden will open in the $10 million range. Box-office analysts say that would mark a decent start for the biographical drama.

Also opening nationwide this weekend is documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, chronicling the popular Australian-based Christian band.

New offerings at the specialty box office include Mr. Church, marking Eddie Murphy's first turn on the big screen since 2012.

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