Box office success doesn’t always equate to Oscar-worthiness, but Sully‘s estimated $35.5 million debut doesn’t hurt.

It was enough for the based-on-truth drama to nab a dominant first place finish at the domestic box office this weekend. Nothing unexpected for a film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks that chronicles real-life pilot Thomas “Sully” Sullenberger’s life-saving “miracle on the Hudson” landing.

The big Sully box office was aided by IMAX sales, since the movie was custom-made for that large-screen formatSully is actually the first film to be shot using only IMAX cameras. Read more…

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‘Sully’ opens its Oscar campaign with a big box office debut