August 11th — 13th

The Weekly Box Office Report

Annabelle: Creation Cleans House

  1. Annabelle: Creation — $35.6 million
  2. Dunkirk — $10.8 million
  3. The Nut Job 2 — $8.3 million
  4. The Dark Tower — $7.8 million
  5. The Emoji Movie — $6.6 million

courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Big Story

Annabelle: Creation easily holds off the competition earning $35 million at the box office this past weekend. It’s a well-crafted horror story that is a little paint-by-numbers at times but also delivers some truly unique elements and brings the scares. Annabelle: Creation is the fourth movie in the Conjuring franchise, and also marks the fourth positive outing in their universe. There is no doubt that we’ll continue seeing more from that franchise.

It’s a well-crafted horror story that is a little paint-by-numbers at times but also delivers some truly unique elements and brings the scares.

This prequel to Annabelle is also a big win for director David F. Sandberg, who is coming off of the success of last years film Lights Out. I liked Annabelle: Creation, and if you would like to know more about that you can read my review here; it is worth seeing if love a good horror movie.


courtesy of Warner Bros.

Other Takeaways From This Week

Dunkirk continued its success amassing an estimated $10 million, bringing its domestic total to around $150 million. It’s another feather in director Christopher Nolan’s cap, he continues to be a Hollywood sensation, and I cannot wait to see what his next project will be — whatever it is I’ll be buying a ticket to it.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature has the earned the title of ‘Worst Film to Open in 4,000 Theaters’ — ever. That’s a hell of moniker to have attached to your movie, and personally I think it’s perhaps one of the worst movie titles in history too. I think we’ve seen the last of these and I hope Hollywood is getting the message; we need more Kubo-like films, less Emoji and Nut Job 2.

The Dark Tower dropped almost 60%, which is not a huge surprise. I saw it and felt that it lacked the depth and story that it needed to draw a following, and it seems that I was correct. You can find my full review of The Dark Tower here. I think this is the last time we’ll see it in the top 5.

Rounding out the top 5 this week is the Emoji Movie, another rough animated film. It dropped roughly another 45% in what can easily be called a very slow weekend at the movies.


Predictions

Hold on to your butts folks; it’s time to peer into the looking glass and decipher this coming weekend’s box office trends! This weekend we have two films opening in a larger release, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and Logan Lucky. It’s going to be tough to know which movie audiences are going to gravitate towards; for me, it’s an easier decision, I saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard last week (review pending), so I’m going to see Logan Lucky. The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a fun action movie, tropes and all. Logan Lucky, based on the trailers I saw looks like it might be a darker comedy with a unique plot and storytelling. Okay, enough banter, let’s get to the predictions!

  1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  2. Annabelle: Creation
  3. Logan Lucky
  4. Dunkirk
  5. The Nut Job 2

I think the Hitman’s Bodyguard takes the number one spot because it’s a light-hearted enjoyable summer action flick with the star power of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Annabelle: Creation still has some positive buzz surrounding it, and it is a frighteningly good time at the movies, I think it just barely gets edged out of the number one spot. Logan Lucky looks to be a good film, but it has a bit of Indie feel to me, and I think audiences are going to choose Hitman’s Bodyguard because it has more of an end of summer fun feel. Dunkirk will continue to churn in profits and land in the number four spot, and the Nutjob 2 will be singing its Swan Song at number five.

That’s how I’m calling it this week, what do you guys think? Am I spot on, or out of my mind? Let me know in the comments below. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter @TheWeeklyMovie and on Facebook @TheWeeklyMovies. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you at the movies.