Box office: 'Don't Breathe' inhales $10 million on Friday, blows away competition

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The horror genre proves to be frighteningly reliable this season as "Don't Breathe" is the latest scary flick to have an impressive box office showing. The film, from Sony and Screen Gems, earned $10 million on Friday at 3,051 locations, and is eyeing a $22 million opening weekend.

"Suicide Squad" will steal second place this weekend with about $11 million at 3,582 locations. The Warner Bros. film is in its fourth frame and has already earned well over $500 million worldwide.

Jason Statham will carry Lionsgate's "Mechanic: Resurrection" to a disappointing opening of $7 million at 2,258 locations after earning $2.5 million on Friday. The film, about an assassin forced out of retirement, follows up on 2011's "The Mechanic" and the latest in a number of underperforming sequels.

After a $1 million Friday, "Southside with You" from Roadside Attractions and Miramax is projecting to finish with $3 million at 813 sites, while TWC's boxing biopic "Hands of Stone" will open to about $2 million at 810 locations.

The third weekend of Sony's "Sausage Party," will consume a little over $7 million this weekend, putting it in third behind "Suicide Squad." Laika's animated "Kubo and the Two Strings" from Focus won $2 million in sales Friday, and will finish the weekend with about $7 million at 3,279 locations.

This strong opening for "Don't Breathe" is especially successful considering its price tag of less than $10 million. The film is about three robbers in Detroit who target a man who they think is blind and helpless, but turns out to be anything but. It is directed by Fede Alvarez and stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang. The film was produced by Steve Bersh's Stage Six Films and distributed and marketed by Screen Gems. It debuted at SXSW and screened at Comic-Con, and currently has an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Horror projects have shown an uncanny ability to draw crowds this year — New Line's "The Conjuring 2" has earned over $100 million domestically and $320 million worldwide, while the same studio's "Lights Out" has brought in a global sum of $111 million. Universal's "The Purge: Election Year" also broke the $100 million milestone worldwide.

This all comes in a summer where flops are aplenty. "Ben-Hur," the $100 million production that debuted last weekend to a dismal $11 million and change, while sequels and reboots like "Independence Day: Resurgence" and "Ghostbusters" have underperformed as well.

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Margot Robbie hit a total high note in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown that featured a gold sequined unicorn and a single sheer polka dot sleeve. Dark lips and a loose updo completed her knockout look. Celebrity hair stylist Renato Campora achieved her chic look with the help of KMS ADD VOLUME Volumizing Spray and KMS FREE SHAPE hot flex spray.

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Jared Leto emulated The Joker in a not-so-serious calf-length embroidered Gucci jacket, cropped slacks and green loafers.

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The front of the actor's ensemble featured military-esque gold buttons, dramatic lapels and more floral embroidery.

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Cara Delevingne oozed sex appeal in a sheer mesh two-piece top held together by punk-inspired safety pins. Thigh-high heeled boots completed her killer ensemble.

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Viola Davis played it safe in a simple silver wrap dress and navy velvet pumps. She finished off her look with a swipe of red lipstick, a white clutch and cuff bracelet.

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Will Smith rocked a brown suit with sleek shoes and a printed gray tie.

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Actress Karen Fukuhara dazzled in a gorgeous semi-sheer gown with organic embroidery.

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Actor Jai Courtney stunned in a steel blue suit, white shirt sans tie and sharp shoes.

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Jaden Smith looked uber cool in a bold striped jacket, skinny jeans and exposed socks. and unruly 'do completed his look.

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Actress Corina Calderon donned simple black spaghetti strap Zara Umrigar gown with a sweetheart neckline and sheer panel that exposed her tight tummy.

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Shailyn Pierre-Dixon stunned in a futuristic two-piece set with floral details and sheer cutouts.

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Singer Skylar Grey flaunted her legs under a dramatic sheer skirt.

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Jim Parrack donned a simple black suit and skinny tie.

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Actress Leven Rambin wowed in a fun navy midi dress with a black chiffon mermaid skit and white lace trim.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Actress Clare Foley attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Adam Beach and Summer Tiger attend the 'Suicide Squad' premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Singer/songwriter Kehlani attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Singer Grace attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Ike Barinholtz attends the world premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Harley Quinn Smith and father Kevin Smith attend the 'Suicide Squad' World Premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Alessandro Michele attends the world premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Scott Eastwood attends the world premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Frank Miller attends the world premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Actor Jim Parrack attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Rapper G-Eazy attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Daniella Deutscher and Jay Hernandez attend the world premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Meghan McCarthy attends the world premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 1: Akemi Darenogare attends The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment's 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatreq on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 1: Yolonda Ross attends The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment's 'Suicide Squad' at The Beacon Theatreq on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Actor David Harbour attends the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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