Box Office: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ wins opening weekend, critics not impressed

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The Magnificent Seven got off to a strong start at the box office when it generated an estimated $12.7 million on Friday. The movie features an all-star cast led by Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington and is set to earn an estimated $35 million this weekend.

According to LA Times, although regarded as the one of the must watch movies of the fall, the classic 1960 remake, however, did not live up to the critics’ expectations as the movie got a low score. Magnificent Seven came up with an approval rating of only 47% from the popular review site, Metacritic.

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One of the negative reviews was the familiarity of the movie. Some also stated that they had hoped for a social message in the cast’s diversity.

“We did something about it,” the director, Antoine Fuqua, told film critic Ryan Gilbey. “And here’s the beauty part: MGM and Sony backed it. No one said: ‘A black man? A Native American?'”

CS Monitor said, however, although the movie has been received poorly by the critics, some still appreciate it. One of whom is Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. He was more impressed than others and said that the movie “isn’t aiming for cinema immortality” but that Washington “has a wicked blast in the role … especially when mixing it up with Pratt.”

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Travers, however, noted that “it’s disappointing that the color-blind casting is more surface gimmick than emotional depth charge, and that there is no attempt to ground the story in historical fact. But the actors give it their all. And it’s a kick to see diversity out there riding into a new kind of future.”

Magnificent Seven had beaten some of the most anticipated movies to gain top spot. ‘Storks’, from Warner Bros. Animation takes second place with $5.7 million on Friday and was estimated to generate $20 million this weekend. ‘Sully’ falls to the third spot this weekend.

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