It’s no shock when the box-office slows down in the month of August. It’s the season when families take their last vacations for the summer and studios begin to look ahead to their Fall and Winter release slates.
This past weekend was business as expected, as The Hitman’s Bodyguard took the top spot at the box-office in its debut weekend. The new release grossed an estimated $21.3 million dollar, powered primarily by stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), in the riff on 1990’s buddy action-comedies. The movie was produced on an announced $30 million dollar budget and is a positive sign of Reynolds who is currently filming Deadpool 2.
Second place belonged to Annabelle: Creation, which made an estimated $15.6 million dollars. The movie had about a 55% drop from its debut the previous weekend. The horror film has now quadrupled its production budget, ensuring that WB’s plans for further spin-offs from the world of The Conjuring will continue in the near future.
Logan Lucky was the other new release for the weekend. The heist film starring Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, and Channing Tatum, severely under-performed despite a stellar 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently. It seems that its possible that the marketing department is to blame, with both a stellar cast and critical support. However, with an announced budget of $29 million dollars, it will be interesting to see if Logan Lucky has enough fortune to hang around in the coming weeks.
Dunkirk made an estimated $6.6 million dollars in its fifth week of release and continues to add to its surprising totals. Christopher Nolan’s war film has made over $165 million domestically and proved that the director has the magic touch. The film was a curious summer release, with a Fall release seeming to be the more natural fit. Despite the odds, Dunkirk found success in July among a graveyard of competing bombs and failed releases from other studios.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is the biggest flop of the month and continued its trend for a fifth place finish in week number two. After a disastrous opening last weekend, the animated feature collected another $5 million dollars which pushed its domestic take over $17 million dollars. The problem is that the movie was made on announced $40 million dollar budget.
Check out the full box-office break down for the weekend of August 18th-20th, 2017:
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||The Hitman’s Bodyguard||LG/S||$21,384,504||–||3,377||–||$6,332||$21,384,504||$30||1|
|2||1||Annabelle: Creation||WB (NL)||$15,612,680||-55.4%||3,542||+40||$4,408||$64,156,901||$15||2|
|5||3||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||ORF||$5,092,344||-39.0%||4,003||–||$1,272||$17,675,989||$40||2|
|6||6||The Emoji Movie||Sony||$4,441,028||-31.2%||2,791||-428||$1,591||$71,858,380||$50||4|
|9||4||The Dark Tower||Sony||$3,788,669||-51.6%||3,143||-308||$1,205||$41,673,047||$60||3|
Source: Box Office Mojo