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Hitman's Bodyguard Exceeds Expectations

By Kim Hollis

August 20, 2017

Deadpool and Nick Fury crash a car.

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Last weekend's new release The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature rounds out the top five as it falls 39% to $5.1 million. Honestly, there wasn't much reason to even make this film unless you consider the fact that we are now on the eighth film in the Alpha and Omega animated series (though obviously all sequels went direct-to-video). Open Road Films might be able to continue down a similar path with the Nut Job franchise, although theatrical releases are clearly not justified. So far, The Nut Job 2 has earned $17.7 million in North America.

Yet another needless animated film is in our sixth spot. The Emoji movie continues to hang around simply because the top ten is more or less bereft of any sort of quality product. This weekend, Emoji declined 33% to $4.4 million, bringing its domestic total up to $71.7 million. It also has $54 million from international venues. Given the slight $50 million budget, Sony is probably okay with the box office results, but it's only just barely a win.

On the other hand, Sony is certainly thrilled with the re-start of their Spider-Man franchise. Although it hasn't reached the heights of the original Sam Raimi series, it has still overcome the bad associations with the Amazing Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Homecoming had the best hold of all non-expanding films in the top 12, falling only 29% to $4.3 million. Its domestic total now sits at $314.1 million, along with $410 million from overseas venues. It's currently the fourth best performer for 2017 domestically and the seventh best internationally.




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Girls Trip crosses the $100 million mark as one of the more pleasant surprises of the summer. Another $3.8 million brings the comedy's total up to $104 million, and it even has about $11 million from overseas venues. Our ninth place film is The Dark Tower, which has been a disaster for Warner Bros. Another 52% weekend-to-weekend decline gives it a three-day total of $3.7 million, and a domestic tally of $41.6 million. It does have $30 million overseas as well, but this Stephen King adaptation is going to be remembered as a failure.

Finally, our tenth place film is an expanding one. The Weinstein Co.'s Wind River expanded 694 venues and earned $3 million in the process. This is yet another example of a team-up of MCU heroes, in this case Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Of course, they're not playing those characters but rather agents who are trying to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Wind River had a tiny $11 million budget, and the film's current total is $4.1 million. It's 87% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, so it may have a good shot at continued success.

As far as overall box office goes, we continue the streak of awfulness. This year's top 12 earned $81.6 million, WELL behind last year's $119 million. Things aren't going to get better next weekend, as the biggest opener is the Weinstein Co.'s Leap (aka Ballerina), which has already earned $56 million overseas. Problem is, it has no support whatsoever and only 2,000 or so venues. The other two new films include Birth of the Dragon, a Bruce Lee biopic that has met criticism due to casting of Caucasians in an Asian character's role, and All Saints, a faith-based film debuting on only 800 or so screens.

In fact, we're all just waiting for It. No, really. The adaptation of Stephen King's novel is supposed to be super scary and is coming up in two weeks. We all float down here!


Top Ten for Weekend of August 18-20, 2017
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 The Hitman's Bodyguard Lionsgate 21.6 New 21.8
2 Annabelle: Creation Warner Bros. 15.5 -56% 64.0
3 Logan Lucky Bleecker Street 8.1 New 8.1
4 Dunkirk Warner Bros. 6.7 -38% 165.5
5 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road 5.1 -39% 17.7
6 The Emoji Movie Sony 4.4 -33% 71.8
7 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony 4.3 -29% 314.1
8 Girls Trip Universal 3.8 -41% 104.0
9 The Dark Tower Sony 3.7 -52% 41.6
10 Wind River The Weinstein Co. 3.0 +386% 4.1
11 Kidnap Aviron 2.9 -44% 24.4
12 The Glass Castle Lionsgate 2.6 -46% 9.7

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