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Annabelle: Creation Leads Quiet August Weekend

By John Hamann

August 13, 2017

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The rest of the top ten is a sad batch of films, either too old to get it up (in the box office rankings), or too lame to have any staying power. Dunkirk, after spending two weekends at number one, now has two consecutive weekends at number two, as the war film was one of the few holdovers that put up much of a fight. The Christopher Nolan flick earned another $11.4 million, dropping 33% in its fourth frame. Dunkirk has lifted its domestic gross to $153.7 million and has accumulated a mighty $210 million overseas.

Third spot goes to The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, sequel to the 2014 animated release. The first film got lucky and fell into a $19.4 million opening weekend, finishing third behind the original Ride Along and Lone Survivor. That weekend, The Nut Job was first animated film since Frozen opened nine weekends earlier, which left boys yearning for something new. This time around, the sequel was not so lucky. The Nut Job 2 earned only $8.9 million for Open Road Films over opening weekend, which made another mistake by sending the film out to 4,003 venues – it had an average of only $2,232. Reviews were horrible (as expected) coming in at 11% fresh, but the Cinemascore wasn’t terrible at a B+. This one cost $40 million to make, a number it will never see domestically, and given the original earned only $56 million overseas, it is doubtful it will ever find financial redemption. It’s pretty simple – the only studio that can make money off a dud like Cars 2 is Pixar.

Fourth spot goes to The Dark Tower, which jumps out of the top floor window and zooms down to fourth this weekend. After opening to $19.2 million, the movie based on the Stephen King series of books drops 49% and earns only $7.9 million (ouch). That’s got to be hurtful for Sony, as after last weekend they were probably still hoping they could match the domestic gross stateside and make up the rest overseas. That likely won’t happen now, as it has a domestic gross of only $34.3 million and an overseas gross of less than $10 million.

The Emoji Movie is fifth, and after earning $12 million and dropping 50% last weekend, the animated Sony film was at it again. This weekend it earned $6.6 million and fell 45%, as it starts to dig the hole it can crawl into. It has earned more than its $50 million production budget stateside, as that number sits at $63.6 million, but it is struggling overseas, having picked up only $13 million over there.

Sixth is Girls Trip, one of the few good news stories in the top ten this weekend. Now in its fourth weekend, Girls Trip earned another $6.5 million, as it moves very close to the $100 million domestic mark. Girls Trip has pulled in $97.2 million so far and has turned into the comedy success story of the summer. Overseas, Girl’s Trip has earned $8.4 million.




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Seventh is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits a big mark this weekend. Homecoming earned another $6.1 million in its sixth weekend. It dipped 31% compared to last weekend, but crossed the $300 million domestic mark, becoming the fourth Spider-Man flick out of six released since 2001 to hit that mark. The domestic total is at $306.5 million and is joined by a $396 million haul overseas.

Eighth is Halle Barry’s Kidnap, which got started with a not-bad $10 million last weekend. This weekend, the thriller earned $5.2 million and declined 48%. It’s going to have a tough time making money, but its $19.4 million domestic take is close to matching its $20 million production budget.

Ninth is new release The Glass Castle from Lionsgate, a drama that barely made a blip on the box office radar. The Brie Larson/Woody Harrelson film earned only $4.9 million as Lionsgate put the film out to only 1,461 venues. The film is 50% fresh at RottenTomatoes, so it will be difficult for the studio to expand this one with any success.

Atomic Blonde is tenth, as the Charlize Theron thriller takes a quicker exit than I expected. This weekend, Atomic Blonde earned $4.6 million and fell 44%. The $30 million Focus Features release has made $42.8 million on the domestic side, and has surpassed $60 million worldwide.

Overall, the box office continues to suffer. The top 12 earned an ugly $103.9 million, about a million miles away from 2016’s top 12, which earned $158.7 million – led by the second weekend of Suicide Squad and the breakout Sausage Party. Next weekend, the box office should continue to flail, when the openers include The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Logan Lucky with Channing Tatum.


Top Ten for Weekend of August 11-13, 2017
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Annabelle: Creation Warner Bros. 35.0 New 35.0
2 Dunkirk Warner Bros. 11.4 -33% 153.7
3 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature Open Road Films 8.9 New 8.9
4 The Dark Tower Sony 7.9 -59% 34.3
5 The Emoji Movie Sony 6.6 -45% 63.6
6 Girls Trip Universal 6.5 -43% 97.2
7 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 6.1 -31% 306.5
8 Kidnap Aviron 5.2 -48% 19.4
9 The Glass Castle Lionsgate 4.9 New 4.9
10 Atomic Blonde Focus 4.5 -44% 42.8
11 War for the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox 3.7 -40% 137.2
12 Despicable Me 3 Universal 3.1 -44% 247.7

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