The Hitman's Bodyguard

Weekend Box Office: No Such Luck

This summer’s box office is down nearly 13% from last year, and a lot of that is due to the month of August. Down 34% from last August, this month’s releases are barely drawing an audience.

One of this weekend’s new movies opened in the top spot, but the second wide release finished much lower. With no other notable titles hitting screens this month, these two may thrive better than they would have otherwise, but summer is going to take an extra licking because of August.

The #1 movie in North America is ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘, Lionsgate/Summit’s new R-rated action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. From 3,377 screens, it grossed $21.6 million, which is just above studio expectations. Budgeted at $29 million, that’s a decent opening for a movie of this scale. The film’s international release has yet to begin, but by the time it does, the box office returns should almost be enough to recoup studio costs.

Annabelle: Creation‘ took a standard horror movie second week hit, but managed to easily finish in second place. After dropping 56% over its opening weekend, the R-rated picture pulled $15.5 million. Ten days in, the $15 million spinoff has $64 million domestically and $96.7 million overseas, giving it a $160.7 million worldwide total. Combined with the box office totals from the other three ‘Conjuring’-verse films, they’ve collectively had more than $1 billion in ticket sales. That franchise total is even more impressive when you factor in that the combined budgets of the four movies only total $81.5 million. It will be fun to see what the next entry, ‘The Nun’, brings next year.

Steven Soderbergh may have pushed his luck with his latest film. His experimental and creative financing/distribution model for ‘Logan Lucky‘, which included holding advertising until just before the release, may have ended up hurting the picture’s opening weekend. It also didn’t help that ‘Logan’ vied for the same audience as ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’. Playing on 3,031 screens, the ensemble caper comedy opened at #3 with $8 million. Budgeted at $29 million, unless Soderbergh’s international roll-out plan is even more creative (and successful), ‘Logan Lucky’ has already run out of luck.

Five weeks into its run, ‘Dunkirk‘ splashed into fourth place. Its $6.7 million weekend places the film’s domestic tickets sales at $165.5 million. Internationally, it’s up to $227.2 million. With $392.7 million in global earnings, it has topped ‘Batman Begins’ and become Christopher Nolan’s fifth-highest grossing film.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature‘ rounded out the Top 5. Its second week resulted in a relatively light 39% drop in attendance, but that’s hardly significant when you understand how low it opened last week. Another $5.1 million brings its ten-day total to $17.6 million. This $40 million movie has to open huge overseas for Open Road to recoup its costs.

After expanding to 694 screens, ‘Wind River‘ managed to land in the final rank of the Top 10 with $3 million. The $11 million picture has grossed $4.1 million domestically and has a chance to do well as it continues to expand and we move into awards season.

Fox Searchlight’s ‘Patti Cakes$‘ had a so-so limited opening. From 14 screens, it earned $66,000 and a per-screen average of $4,714.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ (Lionsgate) – $21,600,000

2. ‘Annabelle: Creation’ (Warner Bros.) – $15,500,000

3. ‘Logan Lucky’ (Bleecker Street) – $8,050,182

4. ‘Dunkirk’ (Warner Bros.) – $6,700,000

5. ‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’ (Open Road) – $5,113,278

6. ‘The Emoji Movie’ (Sony) – $4,350,000

7. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (Sony) – $4,250,000

8. ‘Girl’s Trip’ (Universal) – $3,844,030

9. ‘The Dark Tower’ (Sony) – $3,720,000

10. ‘Wind River’ (Weinstein) – $3,025,236

1 comment

  1. Chris B

    Maybe the drop in attendance isn’t completely due to the films themselves, but the fact that conpanies like Cinenplex and Landmark treat the customers like suckers by overpricing tickets and refreshments and then forcing the audience to sit through multiple car and cell phone commercials before the actual movie. I used to go to the movies all the time but have become fed up and started voting with my dollars.

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