By Kim Hollis
September 3, 2017
Two weeks ago, I filled in for our regular weekend box office analyst John Hamann. Writing the column was like torture, as we were coming to the worst weeks of box office during a summer that was full of terrible performances and miserable topics. This week... I'm writing about the exact same damn movies.
Yes, it's a terrible, terrible weekend, and yet it's still better than last weekend was somehow - by 1.5%. (Hint: That "somehow" is a bunch of studios lying about their weekend results.)
That means that The Hitman's Bodyguard once again repeats at #1, destined to become a trivia question about unlikeliest films to repeat three times at the top of the box office. A film that fell more than 50% last weekend declined... 0.1% this weekend. That's right. The Hitman's Bodyguard made effectively the same amount this weekend that it did last weekend. I acknowledge that there is a holiday in play, but that didn't matter much last year. Don't Breathe, a movie that people actually liked, fell 40% on the same weekend. And every movie except awards contender Hell or High Water fell.
That's not going to be the case this weekend, because everyone is lying.
Anyway, The Hitman's Bodyguard now has a cumulative total of $54.9 million (*wink*) that it will probably account for on weekdays, such as they are. It hasn't been released overseas yet, but even without that bonus revenue, it's already done quite well relative to its $30 million budget. That's what happens when you're the only new release in a sea of terrible movies.
Second place goes to Annabelle: Creation, a horror movie that has been out for four weeks. It did decline *coughcoughbullshirtcoughcough* 5% to $7.3 million, which helps the latest film in the Conjuring franchise to a running domestic total of $89 million. It has surpassed the original Annabelle's domestic total and also adds $164 million from international venues. Warner Bros. will obviously be continuing the series, as all entries have been hugely profitable.
The Weinstein Company increased the venues for their well-regarded Wind River (also from the director of Hell or High Water) this weekend, and it paid off as the potential awards contender earned another $5.9 million. That's an increase of 27% over last weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $18.3 million. It's another winner relative to budget (in this case, $11 million), and may represent the only movie in the top 10 with honest box office reporting from its studio.
Also from the Weinsteins is Leap! a movie that no one ever really wanted to see. Even so, it miraculously increased 3% this weekend to $4.9 million. Apparently, people heard good things! (Note: no one heard good things.) Leap! now has a domestic total of $11.4 million, which is a pittance compared to its $80 million international take. Apparently people overseas like movies about ballerinas more than people in North America.
Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky also is up, this time to the tune of 4%. Its $4.4 million weekend total is at least critically justified, even if audiences are perhaps not quite so enthusiastic. Its domestic total is $21.5 million, which is still probably a bit disappointing relative to the $29 million budget. On the other hand, it's the biggest earner ever for distributor Bleecker Street, so they've got that going for them, which is nice.