Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake rode the star power of Denzel Washington to an estimated $35 million debut, topping North American ticket sales over the weekend.
Estimates put Magnificent Seven far ahead of the week’s other major new release, Storks. The animated movie, starring Andy Samberg as a baby-delivering stork, opened with $21.8 million.
A remake of John Sturges’ 1960 film, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’sSeven Samurai, the new Magnificent Seven slots in as one of the biggest openings for a Western ever. The genre-blending Cowboys & Aliens holds the Western record with a $36.4 million debut in 2011.
In third place was Clint Eastwood’s Sully, which took in $13.8 million in its third weekend.
Final numbers are expected Monday.