The nation’s movie box offices have had a miserable turnout recently, as an unremarkable August roster led to a slow month ending in one of the lowest-grossing weekends in 16 years.
The thin lineup of Hollywood releases wasn’t buoyed in the last weekend of August. With no new movies to roll out, action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” topped off the weekend for the second week, with ticket sales at an estimated $10.1 million.
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” a film labeled as “violent,” is a Samuel Jackson-Ryan Reynolds offering that has garnered mixed reviews, sitting at 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and 4.5/5 stars by fans on Fandango. Those who did see the film fed into a total return for all films over the weekend of around $65 million in North America, with the top 12 films generating only $49.6 million.
From mid-August through early September, theaters typically see a decline in the movie business, but this August is down 35 percent from last year, according to ComScore. The last time the box-office had such a slow weekend, as Fox Business reports, was in September 2014 and 2016, but “not since September 2001 have the numbers been quite so dreadful.”
Labor Day weekend has no major releases scheduled, either, which should yield another dismal showing at the box-office.
According to FOX: “The six major studios have released only two new wide-release films this August: Sony’s poorly received Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” and Warner Bros.’s successful horror spinoff sequel “Annabelle: Creation.” The latter came in second this weekend with $7.4 million, bringing its three-week total to $77.9 million.”
Last weekend, many people were focused on another form of entertainment. Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor match-up was showing at theaters partnering with Fathom Events, drawing $2.4 million from 481 screens, reportedly.
Looking forward, media analysts are hoping the liberal author Stephen King’s “It” will open to big numbers next month, although the film is the only light on the horizon for theaters who are taking a hit from the low summer numbers. “ComScore estimates that this will be the first summer in a decade not to cross $4 billion in domestic ticket sales. The summer, as a whole, is running 14 percent behind last year — and the deadly-quiet August is a big reason,” FOX reports.
Here’s a look at the estimated tickets sold Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to ComScore:
1. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” $10 million ($9.1 million international)
2. “Annabelle: Creation,” $7.4 million ($22 million international)
3. “Leap!” $5 million
4. “Wind River,” $4.4 million
5. “Logan Lucky,” $4.4 million ($1.6 million international)
6. “Dunkirk,” $4 million ($5.6 million international)
7. “Spider-man: Homecoming,” $2.7 million ($2.8 million international)
8. “Birth of the Dragon,” $2.5 million
9. “Mayweather vs. McGregor,” $2.4 million
10. “The Emoji Movie,” $2.4 million ($7.2 million international)
Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
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