It might not be enough to save August at the box office, but Annabelle: Creation still surprised everyone with a very strong debut that wasn’t far behind its predecessor.
Annabelle: Creation opened to $35 million, just $2.1 million shy of the critically panned Annabelle and $5.4 million behind The Conjuring 2. It’s a fantastic result for the $15 million prequel, especially following Annabelle, who I thought would hurt Creation a lot more. Chalk this one up to smart scheduling (there really isn’t much of anything else out there worth seeing in theaters), making it a prequel (means you don’t need to have seen the first Annabelle to fully enjoy Creation), telling a much more compelling story for Conjuring fans (the origin of the doll) and of course good reviews and word of mouth. Annabelle ended its domestic run with $84.3 million after a $37.1 million start. So far I’d say Creation is headed for a higher total, possibly $90+ million. It might even get to $100 million.
Dunkirk stayed in 2nd with $10.9 million, down 36.5%. That puts the Christopher Nolan World War II drama at $154.5 million in the US after 25 days. At its current pace Dunkirk seems to be headed for a final total in the neighborhood of $190 million. It might end up short, hopefully it doesn’t. Either way Dunkirk is another box office hit for writer/director Christopher Nolan.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature debuted with a modest $8.3 million in 3rd, a big step down from the $19.4 million start of the first Nut Job. Not that’s in any way surprising. Whoever thought something like The Nut Job, a relatively modest hit in 2014 with $64.3 million in the US and $120.9 million worldwide on a $42 million budget, could turn into a successful animated franchise was definitely missing a few screws. Good news is they didn’t up the budget, Nutty by Nature cost $40 million, which they might eventually recoup internationally.
The Dark Tower didn’t completely crash and burn in its 2nd weekend, falling 59.2% to $7.8 million. Considering the beating this film received from critics and many fans of the source material, I was expecting a 65-70% drop. Not that -59.2% is much better, especially with such low numbers. In 11 days The Dark Tower pulled in $35.1 million in the US, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing this one North of $50 million.
Girls Trip rounds out the top 5 with $6.5 million, off by 43.3%. With $97.8 million in 25 days, before the end of the week the R-rated comedy should become 2017’s 20th $100+ million grossing film.
In other box office news last week Wonder Woman passed $400 million (27th to ever do it, 3rd for Warner, 1st in the DCEU), Spider-Man: Homecoming cleared $300 million (first Spider-Man movie outside the Raimi trilogy to get there) and to my joy (and surprise) Baby Driver raced past $100 million (19th so far this year).