Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” Photo Courtesy Of Lions Gate Films.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Tops The Worst Box Office Weekend In About 15 Years

The Hitman’s Bodyguard managed to regain the number one spot in a weekend where films were shooting blanks. According to Box Office Mojo, the combined $49 million that the top twelve films have made makes this weekend the worst since the weekend of September 21st-23rd, 2001 where the top twelve films made a dismal $43.5 million. The blame for the abysmal performance this weekend could mostly be on the big boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, which screened in select theaters, catching most of the attention. But blame should also be on the fact that there weren’t any big new releases this weekend.

Weekend Top 10:

  1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard $10,262,619 (cum. $39,826,623)
  2. Annabelle: Creation $7,681,150 (cum. $78,211,542)
  3. Leap! $4,730,038 (NEW)
  4. Wind River $4,660,976 (cum. $10,031,189)
  5. Logan Lucky $4,241,548 (cum. $14,908,962)
  6. Dunkirk $3,948,142 (cum. $172,477,172)
  7. Spider-Man: Homecoming $2,820,476 (cum. $318,938,558)
  8. Birth Of The Dragon $2,702,430 (NEW)
  9. Mayweather v. McGregor $2,620,183 (NEW)
  10. The Emoji Movie $2,508,570 (cum. $76,590,041)

The animated film Leap! opened with a meager $4 million in third place while the Bruce Lee biography known Birth Of The Dragon opened with about $2 million in eighth place.

One slight upside to this weekend is that the thriller Wind River starring Jeremy Renner expanded quite nicely, jumping right into the number four spot with $4 million in its first week of wide release. That’s on par with director/screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s previous film Hell Or High Water which made around $4 million in its first weekend of wide release but claimed ninth place at the box office. Hell Or High Water still went onto become a major awards contender going into the fall. Even if Wind River ends up being a specialty hit, it is up in the air as to whether it’ll achieve the same because its reviews are more mixed. If anything, it could be a Best Actor play for Jeremy Renner who has gotten some of the best reviews of his career for his work. Having seen the film, I can say he is easily best in show and he currently sits on my personal Best Actor lineup.

Also, look out A24 Films because we have another buzzy indie distributor in the mix and that is Neon. Neon’s latest new release, the LGBTQ drama Beach Rats, opened with the weekend’s highest per theater average ($15,484) in just three theaters. Plus, Neon’s other new release, Ingrid Goes West, had a solid expansion, nearly cracking the top 20 with 621 additional theaters. But the Robert Pattinson starrer Good Time is starting to seem anything but as it added 701 theaters in its expansion but had a measly $806 per theater average compared to Ingrid’s PTA of $1,210.

Next weekend isn’t expected to fare much better as we will see the release of the long delayed period drama Tulip Fever and a re-release of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. So, there’s really nothing to get the masses running to the theater. Nothing until the remake of It which comes out next week and is projected to open with about $50 million.

What did you guys this weekend? Please feel free to share what you saw in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
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