With summer winding down the talk is more about how revenue is down 12% compared to last year, but there are some big releases still to be seen before Labor Day. This weekend saw the release of the next installment in the Conjuring series, Annabelle: Creation and the animated sequel Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. How would they fare against The Dark Tower and Dunkirk? Let’s take a look!
New Line Cinemas (WB) prequel to 2014’s Annabelle, mustered a strong $35 million opening weekend which is a bit above estimates and for a film that cost only $15 million to make is a great 3 days for the popular horror series. This number easily handed Annabelle the number one spot this weekend taking it away from last week’s #1 The Lost Tower. Director David Sandberg whose last two films, including last year’s Light’s Outs, have performed very well on limited budgets for Warner Bros. and now moves on to direct the super hero feature Shazam!.
In it’s fourth week of release, Christopher Nolan’s World War epic Dunkirk managed double digits again and brought in $10.9 million good enough for second. The Warner Bros. feature is still showing in over 3,700 screens and now has a domestic total of over $150 million and a worldwide sum of over $350 million. With no real competition in that demographic, it should still leg out more good numbers in the weeks ahead.
Third place goes to the other newcomer, the Will Arnett voice animated feature Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature which earned $8.3 million this weekend. The follow up to 2014’s Nut Job earned more than $10 million less than its predecessor did just 3 years ago which would go on to make $64 million in North America total. Not surprising as animated fare hasn’t performed well this year and this movie is currently sitting at 11% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rounding out the top 5 were last weeks champ The Dark Tower in fourth followed by the much maligned animated film The Emoji Movie. The critically panned Stephen King adaptation Dark Tower fell 50+% to $7.9 million as word of mouth on this one likely killed any chance it had before it was even released. The Emoji Movie, in spite of very poor review keeps on chugging along adding another $6.6 million to it’s now $63.6 million domestic total. With still territories left to open, the film will cross the $100 million dollar mark by next weekend.
Next weekend sees two wide releases in the Ryan Reynolds action/comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard and the Steven Soderbergh star studded car-chase comedy Logan Lucky. Both are opening in 3,000+ theatres and should take a good bite out of the box office with a slow summer coming to a close. Logan Lucky in particular is enjoying very good early buzz (100% on RT) and should catch some of the off-beat comedy vibes thanks to Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.