'The Hitman’s Bodyguard' repeats over dismal weekend at the box office
August heat and an unimpressive slate of movies kept audiences away from movie theatres this weekend. Or maybe it was just kismet. Regardless: the weekend’s combined top 12 gross of $49 million was the worst in a whopping 15 years. Cruel summer, indeed.
Coming in at the top of the list was Samuel L. Jackson-Ryan Reynolds comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which earned $10 million during its second weekend. That brings its domestic total to $39.6 million against a reported $30 million budget. Second place went to fellow holdover Annabelle: Creation (weekend gross $7.3 million, total gross $77.8 million), which so far has earned a robust $215 million worldwide. Creation, like the rest of the Conjuring horror universe, was a pretty cheap film to make, on the order of $15 million, so you can expect Warner Bros.-New Line to keep on milking the creepy doll action for all it’s worth.
You have to go down to spot number three to find a new release: The Weinstein Company’s long-delayed animated offering Leap, which opened to $5 million on 2,575 screens for a paltry $1,948 per-theatre average. Compare that to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor fight, which Fathom Events broadcast live to 532 screens. Exceeding all expectations, the screening grossed $2.59 million ($4,884 PTA), enough to land it at the number eight spot ahead of new release Birth of the Dragon ($2.5 million on 1,618 screens). Of note is the fact that tickets to Fathom’s Mayweather vs. McGregor screening were costlier than your average movie ticket, in many cases over $20 a pop.
Rounding out the top five were Weinstein's Wind River (weekend gross $4.4 million, total gross $9.8 million), which added just over 1,401 theatres to its screen count, and Logan Lucky (weekend gross $4.3 million, total gross $15 million), continuing its less-than-impressive run despite overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Leap and Birth of the Dragon weren’t the only disappointing new wide releases this weekend. All the way down at spot number 16, we have the faith-based drama All Saints, which opened to $1.5 million on 846 screens.
Ingrid Goes West expanded from 26 screens to 647 and saw its gross jump to $781,750. New in limited release were A Gentleman ($195,000 on 135 screens), Beach Rats ($45,008 on three screens, winning the weekly PTA crown), Polina ($13,350 on two screens) and Red Christmas ($1,000 on a single screen).
Distrib Films, meanwhile, earned $582,300 on 386 screens for their post-converted 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.