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'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

Shooting past all competition, MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” took over the weekend box office, surpassing fellow new release “Storks,” from Warner Bros.

“Magnificent Seven” pulled in an estimated $35 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, meeting analyst expectations of $30 million to $45 million.

“It is ‘magnificent.’ It’s excellent, a film, from its inception, that we all felt very strongly had all the goods to succeed,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s distribution chief. “And it delivered.”

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