The dog days of summer got a little boost thanks to the return of one of this decade's premier horror franchises, but there wasn't much else of note happening at the box office.
In first is Annabelle: Creation (read our review), which brought in $35 million in its first three days. A prequel to the original Annabelle from 2014, this installment earned a much more positive reception than its predecessor, which certainly helped its commercial prospects. The latest entry in the Conjuring shared universe was also the beneficiary of perfect timing, as it faced minimal competition with summer winding down. Several of the year's biggest films had already done most of their damage, allowing Annabelle to run somewhat unopposed.
Unfortunately for Creation, its opening weekend figure is the lowest in the series so far, but that ultimately isn't a big deal. The production budget was a cheap $15 million, meaning the film has already more than doubled its price tag just in the States. Worldwide, its global total is currently $71.7 million, so it's turned a nice profit for Warner Bros. Since there isn't much of note coming out over the next few weeks, Annabelle seems to be set up for a fruitful run and will go down as a success.
Coming in second is Dunkirk with $11.4 million. Christopher Nolan's acclaimed World War II drama continues to hold well, raising its domestic haul to $153.7 million.
In third is the new animated film The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. The sequel brought in $8.9 million during its opening weekend, which is somewhat below expectations but still in the same ballpark. Typically, family movies do well at the box office, but this one struggled to make much of an impact. It entered theaters with little fan fare, and the reviews didn't do it any favors. With a debut like this, it's unlikely to hang around in theaters for much longer.
After winning the weekend last week, The Dark Tower fell all the way to fourth in its second frame. The Stephen King adaptation earned $7.8 million, a sizable 58.9 percent drop from its debut. To date, it's brought in $34.3 million domestically, falling victim to the negative word-of-mouth. It hasn't received much of a boost from the foreign markets, as the global total is only $53.6 million. Though the production budget was a manageable $60 million, Dark Tower still has a long way to go until it reaches profitability, and things don't look all that great right now.
Rounding out the top five is The Emoji Movie with $6.6 million. It's now up to $63.5 million domestically.
In sixth is Girls Trip. The comedy continues to impress, making $6.5 million in its fourth weekend to raise its U.S. total to $97.1 million.
The #7 movie is Spider-Man: Homecoming with $6.1 million. Marvel's latest hit has crossed the $300 million mark domestically, now standing at $306.4 million.
Coming in eighth is Kidnap. The Halle Berry vehicle earned $5.2 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $5.2 million.
Drama The Glass Castle debuts in ninth with $4.8 million in its first three days. Though the film was only playing in 1,461 locations, it was able to stand out as a counter-programming option for older moviegoers looking for a break from typical tentpole fare.
Capping off the top 10 is Atomic Blonde. The action flick made $4.5 million in its third weekend, increasing its domestic haul to $42.8 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, August 14 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo