‘Sorry to Bother You’ Generates More Box-Office Heat

Sorry to Bother You (Credit: Annapurna)

It was another good weekend for Sorry to Bother You.

After a strong start last week in limited release, the social satire successfully expanded to 805 theaters this weekend, bringing in another $4.3 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

That pushed the indie film starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson to a two-week total of $5.3 million.

The directorial debut from rapper-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley finished in seventh place at the overall box office this weekend, not far behind big-budget extravaganza’s including Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and Skyscraper.

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The news was nowhere near as good for Whitney.

The documentary about legendary singer Whitney Houston was essentially drowned out by the competition.

The film from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald tumbled 58 percent from last week’s disappointing debut, and earned just $535,385 this weekend at 408 theaters. That gives it a two-week total of $2.3 million.

Despite getting rave reviews from critics, some moviegoers complained on social media that the doc focused too heavily on the negative aspects of Houston’s life, including drug use, family drama and alleged molestation.

Adding to Whitney’s problems, on Wednesday the singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, issued a scathing statement calling the documentary “invasive.”

While the film was marketed as being approved by the Houston family, Cissy said she didn’t learn about the abuse allegation “until two days” before the documentary premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.