Warner Bros. Pictures’ new horror-thriller “Annabelle: Creation” took the top-spot at the weekend box-office this week, scaring away the film’s animated competitor “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”. There’s a small chance that the thriller could win next weekend as well, but Annabelle will have to outperform “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Logan Lucky,” which won’t be easy. This week select theaters will start screening the Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” as well as “The Only Living Boy in New York,” featuring Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, and Cynthia Nixon.
“Annabelle: Creation” took the top-spot this weekend on the domestic-charts with a $35M debut across 3,502 locations”. Annabelle 2” was directed by David F. Sandberg, working from a script written by Gary Dauberman. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, and Lulu Wilson. To give you some perspective on how the sequel stacks up against the original, “Annabelle” released back in 2014 with a $37M opening weekend. The first film, which was put together on a tight budget of about $7M, went on to make almost $257M worldwide. “Annabelle” was directed by John R. Leonetti, and Gary Dauberman wrote the script for the original as well. The first installment featured Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfre Woodard.
Warner Bros. also took second-place this weekend with “Dunkirk,” the drama pulled-in $11.4M, while remaining in 3,762 locations. Now in its fourth-week in theaters, “Dunkirk” has grossed over $153M domestically. “Dunkrik” was written and Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, and Aneurin Barnard.
“The Nut Job 2” opened to third-place overall on the domestic charts, making $8.9M over the weekend. That’s below what the studio was hoping for, and not the best opening debut for a film that opened across 4,003 locations. “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” was directed by Cal Brunker, and features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, and Maya Rudolph. The original “Nut Job” had an opening weekend gross of $19M in 2014, and went on to make over $120M worldwide.
Sony’s “The Dark Tower” dropped to fourth-place overall this weekend, only bringing in $7.8M in the film’s follow-up weekend. “The Dark Tower” was directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. The film stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Tom Taylor. “The Dark Tower” is based on the story created by Stephen King ($7 at Amazon).
“The Emoji Movie,” also from Sony Pictures, rounded out the top-five on the domestic charts , grossing over $6.5M this weekend. “The Emoji Movie” was directed by Tony Leondis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Eric Siegel. The film features the voice-talents of T.J. Miller, James Corden, and Anna Faris.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “The Glass Castle,” from Lionsgate. The drama managed to gross $4.8M over its debut weekend, which is pretty impressive considering that the film only opened across 1,461 locations. “The Glass Castle” was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts. The film is based on the novel “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeannette Walls ($13 at Amazon).
The big-hitters next weekend are “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman, and “Logan Lucky” starring Katherine Waterston, Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, and Sebastian Stan. “Logan Lucky” certainly has a lot of star-power behind it, which may give it a boost at the box-office, and the fact that it was directed by Steven Soderbergh will probably help its chances as well. FOX Searchlight will be starting the limited-run of the Sundance hit “Patti Cake$” next week, and the Lakeith Stanfield, Yul Vazquez, and Nestor Carbonell drama “Crown Heights” is also scheduled to release in select cities.