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Clint Eastwood's Sully may center on a pilot whose plane fell from the sky, but the film itself has taken off in a major way. The true story of the Miracle on the Hudson has already generated a ton of awards season buzz, and it has put up some serious box office numbers along the way. Now it seems that Sully has just crossed a major financial milestone, and become one of Clint Eastwood's most profitable films of all time.
According to a new report from THR, Sully broke through the highly coveted $100 million mark at the box office this weekend, garnering $105 million at the domestic box office to date. Factoring in the foreign markets, the film has made a worldwide gross of almost $152 million in total. At this current rate, the film is projected to garner roughly $125 million domestically during its theatrical run. This high benchmark would make it Clint Eastwood's third highest grossing film -- behind Gran Torino and American Sniper -- as well as one of Tom Hanks' biggest hits in years.
The fact that Sully has become a financial success doesn't exactly come as a huge surprise to any of us. Following the events that transpired during the Miracle on the Hudson in 2009, the film is an incredibly timely take on a moment in American history that's still very fresh in our collective memory. Beyond that, the film is packed to the brim with prestige, from director Clint Eastwood and lead actor Tom Hanks, to supporting actors like Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney. We knew that Sully would draw massive crowds, but we never imagined that it would become this much of a hit.
What makes the financial success of Clint Eastwood's Sully even more impressive is the fact that it has effectively siphoned off the box office power of other true stories of the same ilk. While Sully opened to an incredibly strong $35 million during its opening weekend, Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon -- which tells the true story of the 2010 BP oil spill -- just opened to a mere $20 million, and came in second to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Sully also cost roughly $40 million less to produce than Deepwater Horizon, making Eastwood's film a much more cost effective venture as well.
CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest details related to the financial performance of Sully as more information becomes available to us. Clint Eastwood's pulse-pounding take on the Miracle on the Hudson is currently in theaters; make sure to check it out!