Wrapping one of the worst months in the history of summer box office, The Hitman’s Bodyguard stayed on top for a third week in the row but it was the worst Labor Day weekend in over 10 years.
Hitman’s Bodyguard took in another $13.4 million, bringing it up to over $58 million but the entire top 12 only grossed just over $51 million combined, which is the worst Labor Day weekend since 2000.
Annabelle: Creation remained in second with another $9.3 million, bringing it to just over $90 million and it’s far outpacing the first Annabelle movie and it may have a shot at topping The Conjuring 2, which made $102 million.
Wind River got 500 more theaters over the weekend and moved up to the third spot with $7.9 million, putting it over $20 million.
Leap! and Logan Lucky rounded out the top 5 with the former getting an additional 130 theaters over the weekend.
Possibly as a last gasp of summer before school starts, a bunch of the kid’s movies that were out got a bump and Despicable Me 3 and The Nut Job 2 both jumped back into the top 10 and The Emoji Movie moved back up the top 10, going from tenth to eighth and Cars 3 even came back to theaters and made an additional $2.34 million.
Further down the list, Steven Spielberg’s classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind returned to theaters to celebrate it’s anniversary and made $2.3 million in 901 theaters.
August 2017 continues to be a slog at the box office but The Hitman’s Bodyguard managed to perform slightly above expectations and win the weekend with $21.6 million.
The entire box office was down about $38 million from the same time last year with all movies making a total of $81.5 million. The Hitman’s Bodyguard was the eighth best opening for Ryan Reynolds and 28th for Samuel L. Jackson but he’s been a part of some of the biggest franchises of all time. It was also up about $6 million from director Patrick Hughes’ last movie, The Expendables 3.
Annabelle: Creation dropped to second with another $15.5 million, bringing it to just over $64 million for its two weeks out, plus another $96.7 million worldwide. The Conjuring franchise has now made over $1 billion worldwide with four movies in the franchise so far and at least 3 more on the way.
Logan Lucky did not fare quite as well as expected, especially since it was the much heralded return from retirement of Steven Soderbergh. The movie made $8 million, which is one of the lowest wide releases for Soderbergh between Haywire and his remake of Solaris. It was also one of the lowest wide release openings ever for stars Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig.
Dunkirk and The Nut Job 2 rounded out the top 5, with the former crossing past $165 million.
Further down the list, Girls Trip continues to be one of the biggest surprise hits of the summer and passed Baby Driver to make it into the top 10 for the whole summer at number 10 with $103.9 million.
Wind River made it into the top 10 with a wider expansion into 649 more theaters and took tenth place with $3 million.
Wonder Woman also continued to dominate and is now the highest grossing superhero origin movie with $404 million, topping the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie, which made $403 million back in 2002 (although it’s technically fourth if you adjust for inflation).