Screen Gems’ new horror-thriller Don’t Breathe has beaten many industry estimates over the weekend in the US to score a $26.1million opening to shoot straight in at the No.1 spot.

The film, directed by Fede Alvarez who made 2013’s Evil Dead remake, has delivered over two-and-a-half times its budget to beat many early predictions but some distance. With a 87% Rotten Tomatoes score, the film has been a huge success for Screen Gems and looks set to continue with some saying the film could finish with around $65million from its $10million budget.

Elsewhere, Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection was another new release, opening at No.5 with an estimated $7.5million while Barack and Michelle Obama “early years” drama Southside With You opened with $2.8million from its limited release.

Last week’s No.1, Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad, took $12.2million is its 4th weekend to bring its domestic total to around $283million while its worldwide gross topped $636million this past week which sees the film 8th in the year’s worldwide grosses charts.

Don’t Breathe, starring Jane Levy and Stephen Lang, opens in UK cinemas on September 9th.