With this being the worst weekend at the US box office in three years, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Annabelle: Creation were unsurprisingly again the top 2 movies.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard turned in another $10.3 million over its second weekend, down 52%. That puts the action comedy at $41 million after 11 days, on track to finish its domestic box office run in the neighborhood of $60 million, or double the reported $30 million spent on it. In that case The Hitman’s Bodyguard would become Ryan Reynolds 9th (maybe even 8th if it can clear $65 million) most successful film yet. For Samuel L. Jackson The Hitman’s Bodyguard is not even cracking the top 20 (or even 30 if we count everything). Overall it’s a decent hit for both and especially for Lionsgate. Of course this being one of the worst months of August in recent memory probably helped push The Hitman’s Bodyguard even higher, so I guess Lionsgate should also thank the other studios for this.
Annabelle: Creation was again in 2nd, this time with $7.7 million, falling 50.8%, another decent drop by horror standards. Compared to the first Annabelle‘s box office the prequel is now $4.5 million ahead at $79.1 million in 18 days (against $74.6 million for the 2014 horror). With all of that in mind Creation should be a lock for $90 million in the US. If not for It on September 8th I’d probably go even higher. Either way it will be more than Annabelle‘s $84.3 million domestic total, which is not something we see often with horror sequels/prequels. Keep in mind The Conjuring 2 stopped $34.9 million short of The Conjuring‘s $137.4 million in the US.
Animated import Leap! (originally Ballerina) opened in 3rd with a modest $4.7 million. That’s very much in line with box office expectations for this $30 million French-Canadian co-production that’s already at $86 million worldwide. With not much else in terms of competition for at least a couple of weeks (Ninjago hits September 22nd) Leap! will probably gross $14-15 million in the US.
After expanding to 1401 more theaters (now at 2095) Wind River climbed to 4th with $4.6 million, up 54.6% in its 4th weekend (2nd in wide release). The Taylor Sheridan written/directed thriller has made $10.6 million in 25 days and will probably be good for at least $10 million more.
Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky rounds out the top 5 with $4.2 million, down 44.2%. So far (11 days) the film raised a very disappointing $15.4 million. At this point even $25 million might be a stretch for Logan Lucky‘s final domestic total. Let’s hope this great movie finds an audience on streaming services and home video because at the box office it certainly didn’t.