'Hitman's Bodyguard' Barely Beating 'Annabelle: Creation' to Win Slowest Weekend of 2017

29 August, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • 'Hitman's Bodyguard' Repeats at No. 1 With Weak $10 Million

Jackson stars as "Darius Kincaid" and Ryan Reynolds as "Michael Bryce" in THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD.

Hampered by a hurricane and a high-profile boxing match, weekend box-office results in North America were the slowest in almost 16 years, allowing previous leader "The Hitman's Bodyguard" to hold its top spot with an unimpressive $10.1 million take.

Further dampening a murky summer at the movies, this weekend suffered the worst box office revenue in years.

"Creation" took in a estimated $7.3 million in its third weekend in theaters. All told, this weekend's box office revenue is estimated to be $65 million, according to THR, which marks the worst total since the September 21.to September 23 weekend in 2011 ($59.4 million).

This will be the slowest summer weekend at the domestic box office in three years, with total receipts of around $67 million expected, according to the industry tracking group comScore. This time a year ago, the horror film "Don't Breathe" got some traction and opened to a solid $26.4 million.

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Debuting in third place this weekend is the animated movie Leap! The summer as a whole is running 14 percent behind previous year - and the deadly quiet August is a big reason. Still, this indie thriller has earned $9.8 million in its four weeks in release, largely through positive word-of-mouth, and while there is no foreign box office data quite yet, Wind River could very well earn back its $11 million budget in the next few days. Overall, films earned just $49.6M.

"Logan Lucky" and "Wind River" are now battling it out for fourth place.

Leap and Birth of the Dragon weren't the only disappointing new wide releases this weekend. Exceeding all expectations, the screening grossed $2.59 million ($4,884 PTA), enough to land it at the number eight spot ahead of new release Birth of the Dragon ($2.5 million on 1,618 screens). The Weinstein Company also nabbed the fourth position on the chart, with Tyler Sheridan's Wind River expanding to nationwide theaters.

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