With summer continuing to wind down to a close, two A-listers managed to rule the box office this weekend.
Coming in first is the new action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard (read our review), which stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. It earned $21.6 million in its first three days, which is actually better than what some projections had pegged for it. Though the film did not generate the strongest word-of-mouth, the presence of the lead actors proved to be enough to help it get through a slow period at the multiplex, where it took advantage of limited competition. With a production budget of only $29 million, it is in a nice position to be somewhat profitable for Lionsgate - considering it holds well in the coming weeks.
Odds are, Hitman's Bodyguard will stick around for a little bit, as there are no high-profile offerings on the release schedule until IT premieres on September 8. The reception to Hitman's Bodyguard doesn't do it any favors, so casual audiences might be inclined to stay at home while they wait for something else to come out, but those looking for an action film don't have many options right now - and the chemistry of Reynolds and Jackson certainly has its appeal. This looks to be a case of the studio finding the perfect time for distribution.
In second is last week's champ, Annabelle: Creation. The horror prequel brought in $15.5 million in its second weekend, which is a 55.7 percent drop from its debut. The latest entry in the Conjuring universe has now made $64 million domestically and an even better $160.7 million worldwide, easily becoming a big hit for Warner Bros.
Opening in third is Logan Lucky (read our review), acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh's return to feature filmmaking. The heist movie grossed $8 million in its first three days, despite its star-studded cast and excellent word-of-mouth. The hurdle this one wasn't able to clear is lack of awareness. Soderbergh made the ambitious decision to release Logan Lucky independently through his own Fingerprint. It's true $20 million was spent on advertising, but apparently the campaign wasn't the most visible. If a bigger studio had been involved, there's a chance Logan Lucky would have fared better at the box office. As it stands, it's going to have an uphill climb to spin a profit off its $29 million budget, as interest is fairly low.
In fourth is Dunkirk with $6.7 million. Christopher Nolan's World War II drama keeps chugging along and is now up to $165.5 million in the States.
Rounding out the top five is The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. The animated sequel earned $5.1 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $17.6 million.
The #6 movie is The Emoji Movie. Sony's animated film grossed $4.3 million in its fourth weekend and now stands at $71.7 million in the U.S.
Coming in seventh is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which made $4.2 million. Marvel's latest raised its Stateside haul to $314 million.
Girls Trip came in eighth with $3.8 million. The comedy has now made $103.9 million in the States
Notorious bomb The Dark Tower finished in ninth, making $3.7 million. The Stephen King adaptation raised its domestic total to $41.6 million.
Capping off the top 10 is Wind River. The drama from director Taylor Sheridan expanded to 694 theaters over the weekend and earned $3 million. It now stands at $4.1 million domestically.
[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 21 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo