The roar of the summer box-office has ended and the lines at the local cinema aren’t as long as they once were. This week the animated-comedy “Leap!” was the major-release, opening against the Bruce Lee bio-drama “Birth of a Dragon”. Theaters next weekend will start screening a special 40th anniversary edition of “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind,” and the erotic-drama “Tulip Fever,” starring Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan, is also scheduled to hit theaters.
Now there were a few outside circumstances that we should mention, all of which affected this week’s sluggish box-office. In the south, Hurricane Harvey closed theaters and kept would-be moviegoers inside; the Mayweather-McGregor fight certainly gave millions of moms and dads a reason to stay in on Saturday night; and Sunday nights are still a bust for theaters because of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. It was certainly a terrible weekend for theaters from the start, so don’t put all the blame on animated-dance films.
The slowdown at the box-office is probably why Amazon is hosting a Blu-ray sale on 2017’s summer-hits (you can find the promotion at amazon.com) so stock up for the next two-weeks.
This weekend’s box-office winner was a repeat, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won its second-weekend in a row while only grossing $10M across 3,377 locations. This brings the film’s two-week total to just under $40M domestically. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” was directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.
“Annabelle: Creation,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, remained in second-place on the domestic charts after a $7M weekend. The film remained in 3,565 locations this week, and has now grossed over $77.8M domestically in just three-weeks. “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.
“Leap!” did manage to debut in the top-three, the comedy brought in $5M across 2,575 locations. “Leap!” was directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin, the film features the voice-talents of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, and Carly Rae Jepsen. The Weinstein Company also took the fourth-spot on the charts, the studio’s “Wind River” thriller brought in $4.4M after expanding into 1,401 locations this weekend. “Wind River” was written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the film stars Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen.
Fifth-place went to the troubled “Logan Lucky” crime-comedy. The film only grossed $4M across 3,031 locations this weekend, and has only made $15M in two-weeks. “Logan Lucky” was directed by Steven Soderbergh, and the film was written by Rebecca Blunt. The crime-drama stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, and Seth MacFarlane.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is “Birth of the Dragon,” the film grossed $2.5M across 1,618 locations, and “All Saints” which grossed $1.5M across 846 locations. “Birth of a Dragon” was directed by George Nolfi, the film stars Billy Magnussen, Yu Xia, and Philip Ng.