The simulated diversion to La Guardia ends with the plane landing short of the runway, and to Teterboro with a crash into buildings before the airport.
It also performed exceptionally well in IMAX, having been shot entirely in that format: for the weekend alone, it brought in a record million from 375 auditoriums, being 11% of the total gross.
Both simulations result in successful landings, one at each airport.
Sully argues that they are unrealistic because the pilots knew in advance of the situation they would face and of the suggested emergency action, and were able to practice the scenario several times.
The weekend after Labor Day has historically been a lackluster period for film revenues, although Deadline Hollywood noted that this doesn't apply to the "more intriguing titles".
Sully was one of four wide releases of that weekend.