Hitman's Bodyguard

Weekend Box Office: Swift Judgment

While Texas is suffering the worst flooding in years, the theatrical box office saw the biggest drought since 2001. The week’s Top 12 yielded a combined total of $49 million. These terrible numbers accurately represent the quality of the majority of recent movies. I sure hope the suits in Hollywood are taking note.

After a 53% decline from its opening, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘ managed to retain the top spot. With a $10 million second week, this victory isn’t exactly something the studios should pat themselves on the back for. After ten days, the miserable $30 million buddy comedy has made $39.6 million domestically and still hasn’t opened overseas.

Also falling 53%, three-week-old ‘Annabelle: Creation‘ finished in second place with $7.3 million. So far, the little $15 million horror flick has conjured $77.8 million in domestic ticket sales. Its overseas box office is even more impressive. Internationally, ‘Creation’ has grossed $137.2 million, bringing its worldwide total up to $215 million.

The Weinstein Company’s animated kids’ movie ‘Leap!‘ isn’t the record-setting disaster that I expected – but it’s still a domestic flop. From 2,575 locations, the movie pulled just $5 million, a #3 opening and a per-screen average of $1,948. After a year of playing overseas, the $30 million French-Canadian acquisition title has $58.1 million at the international box office and $63.2 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Weinstein’s more deserving ‘Wind River‘ expanded to 2,095 locations and managed a #4 finish. The $4.4 million brings its domestic earnings up to $9.8 million. The $11 million Oscar-worthy film has yet to open overseas.

In its second week, ‘Logan Lucky‘ rounded out the Top 5. After last week’s underwhelming debut, the heist caper fell 43% in attendance to $4.3 million. The $29 million film has a ten-day total of $15 million. Its international roll-out is slow. To date, it has only earned $1 million overseas.

Presumably taking a beating from this weekend’s pay-per-view boxing event, BH Tilt’s ‘Birth of the Dragon‘ debuted at #8 with $2.5 million. Taking into account its wide 1,618-screen release, the bio-pic scored a weak $1,546 per-screen average. Although not a record-setting low, it’s still very low for an opening of that scale.

The debut of Sony’s faith-based drama ‘All Saints‘ was also underwhelming, but given its micro budget, not a total disaster. From 846 locations, the $2 million movie collected $1.5 million and an opening in the #15 spot.

The AMC-exclusive reissue of ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day‘ in 3D was a bust. Playing at 386 locations, it made only $582,300 – just enough to land it in the #25 spot with a $1,509 per-screen average.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ (Lionsgate) – $10,050,000

2. ‘Annabelle: Creation’ (Warner Bros.) – $7,350,000

3. ‘Leap!’ (Weinstein) – $5,015,500

4. ‘Wind River’ (Weinstein) – $4,410,610

5. ‘Logan Lucky’ (Bleecker Street) – $4,366,894

6. ‘Dunkirk’ (Warner Bros.) – $3,950,000

7. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (Sony) – $2,725,000

8. ‘Birth of a Dragon’ (BH Tilt) – $2,501,100

9. ‘The Emoji Movie’ (Sony) – $2,350,000

10. ‘Girls Trip’ (Universal) – $2,266,745


  1. I wouldn’t say T2 was a bust – $1500 a screen is not bad, especially considering it’s a catalogue title. It pulled in more per screen than anything in the 5-10 spots.

    All Saints pulled in $1832 per screen. I am sure the numbers would have been higher if Texas and Louisiana were not on storm watch over the weekend.

    So yeah, if you are just looking at it from a total gross income, those two movies look like they did pretty poorly.

    I did not realize T2 was an AMC exclusive – been trying to find a theater close that was playing it. There are some AMC’s in my area – I usually don’t even look at them as they are also the most expensive chain in the area (in many cases they are double what what other theaters in the area cost), but maybe I can catch it at a matinee and it won’t be so bad

      • Slayer117x

        I also thought T2 was AMC exclusive. I had planned on seeing it until just before it’s release. I decided I was not up for driving 3 hours round trip to see it. If it’s going to be released locally though, I may go see it this weekend.

        • Given its poor performance this weekend, I can’t guarantee that the re-release actually will expand. However, officially, the AMC exclusivity was only a one-week contract.

    • Bolo

      Compared to the 3D re-release of ‘Titanic’ a few years back, this has got to be a pretty disappointing turnout for Cameron.

      • I don’t know how much the T2 conversion cost, but he spent $18 million converting Titanic to 3D. That re-release went on to make $200 million in theaters. I doubt this one will make back the money it cost to do.

    • Elizabeth

      There were maybe 10 people in the theater when I saw it Sunday. Maybe if attendance sucks, they’ll change course and release the 3D version on Blu-Ray here in the US to help recoup some of the conversion costs.

  2. NJScorpio

    Having only seen T2 at home, I’m more excited about being in a movie theater. While the 3D is a bonus, I’d actually rather attend a 2D screening (with my Moviepass card), and then just buy the 3D Blu-ray later.

    • Deaditelord

      You bring up an interesting point NjScorpio that I have been wondering about since the announcement of the Moviepass price reduction. With Moviepass only working for 2D showings and with subscribers now totalling more than 150,000 (I’m still waiting for my card), what effect is that going to have on 3D? I can’t imagine many subscribers paying for 3D when they can see the 2D version for a fraction of the cost.

      • Deaditelord

        This, of course, assumes Moviepass stays at $9.95 (I have my doubts about that, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts) and continues to add subscribers in the future.

        • NJScorpio

          I believe the markets that support Moviepass exclusive e-ticketing (Denver being one) also offer premium subscriptions with 3D/IMAX access, perhaps for $20 a month IIRC. Still, I wouldn’t upgrade my plan. What I WOULD do is pay for a $15 a month plan that allowed me to buy two tickets at once on one phone/account.

          I still have yet to get my card, but I can now see what theaters in my area support the service. I’m pretty excited as it includes some art house theaters, to expand my selection of movies within a month beyond the usual AMC fare.

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