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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Leads Another Slow August Weekend at the Box Office

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Leads Another Slow August Weekend at the Box Office

Narrowly avoiding becoming the worst box office weekend of 2017, this past weekend, in which the top ten films grossed barely over $80 million, continued 2017’s downward theater receipts trend. The critically ill-received The Hitman’s Bodyguard triumphed with a decent $21.6 million, followed by Annabelle: Creation in second place with $15.5 million, a 53% drop from last weekend, but good for over $65 million domestic cume and nearly $100 million when international receipts are in. The franchise has now netted over $1 billion globally, and will continue its journey with next year’s release of the origin story The Nun.

Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky was not as fortunate, earning a very disappointing $8 million in over 3,000 theaters. The award winning director had come out of retirement to test a distribution plan that bypasses the studio system, not to much success it seems. Soderbergh may be finding that, ironically, as online and digital platforms canibalize movie attendance, it is the studios that retain whatever power is left to hold over distribution channels and advertisement, and that the space for the little guy has been further crowded out.

At a respectable fourth place was Nolan’s Dunkirk with over $6 million, which takes it to $165.5 million domestically and nearly $400 million worldwide, an impressive achievement for a historical film. The Nut Job 2 rounds out the top five with a $5 million second frame.

Elsewhere, Wonder Woman continued its march ahead of $400 million domestically, and is now the highest-grossing superhero origin film. Girls Trip made $3.8 million, enough for eighth place, and a total domestic gross of $103.9 million a month into release. Weinstein’s Wind River expanded into several hundred theaters and made $3 million, good for tenth place this weekend.

Also opening in limited release this weekend was the Sundance film Patti Cake$, which $66,000 from 14 locations, a somewhat low showing ahead of its planned expansion into other markets next weekend.

As the dog days of August give way to Labor Day, next weekend does not hold much hope for much better at the cineplex, Weinstein will release the animated film Leap! while smaller movies Birth of the Dragon and All Saints also compete for audiences.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 20, are below.

1. Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $57.5M
2. Wolf Warrior 2 – Multiple – $36.2M
3. Paradox – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $31.0M
4. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Multiple – $28.1M
5. War For The Planet Of The Apes – 20th Century Fox – $22.5M
6. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $15.8M
7. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $15.1M
8. Dark Tower, The – Sony – $11.2M
9. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $10.4M
10. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $9.2M
11. Twenty Two – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $9.0M
12. Logan Lucky – Village Roadshow – $8.9M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 20, are below.

1. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Lionsgate – $21.6M
2. Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $15.5M
3. Logan Lucky – Bleecker Street – $8.1M
4. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $6.7M
5. Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature – Open Road – $5.1M
6. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $4.3M
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $4.2M
8. Girls Trip – Universal – $3.8M
9. Dark Tower, The – Sony – $3.7M
10. Wind River – The Weinstein Company – $3.0M
11. Kidnap – Aviron Pictures – $2.9M
12. Glass Castle, The – Lionsgate – $2.5M

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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