Weekend box office: The Hitman’s Bodyguard holds on to the top spot

It’s excuse time for Hollywood as executives across Los Angeles try to blame everything they can on a terrible box office.  Is it Hurricane Harvey, which is wreaking havoc on parts of Texas?  Or maybe it’s the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor boxing match that seems to have sports fans captivated like a car wreck?  Or, could it be that the movies opening this weekend are B-level fare and people are tired paying full price for garbage films?  We may never crack this one, but when the top new movie of the weekend opens with less than $5 million, I think we may have a clue.  Overall, things are down at the weekend box office and last week’s top film, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, managed to hold on to the top spot given the complete lack of competition.

If you were hoping things were going to get better next week, then prepare to be disappointed.  There’s nothing opening next week to note, other than the re-release of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.  When the re-release of a 40 year-old movie is the highlight, you know you’re in for a lousy box office.  Noomi Rapace’s UNLOCKED is scheduled to be released, but I’m not even sure if that’s getting a wide release.  There are a few other smaller films, documentaries or straight to video releases, but nothing that will crack the top ten.  So with that in mind, it looks like THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD will probably make it three in a row and on the third week, it probably won’t crack $7 million.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard $10m

2. Annabelle: Creation $7.6m

3. Leap! $4.3m

4. Wind River $4.2m

5. Logan Lucky $4.1m

6. Dunkirk $3.8m

7. Birth of the Dragon $2.7m

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming $2.6m

9. Girls Trip $2.2m

10. The Emoji Movie $1.9m

(Deadline)

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