Bucking the “sequelitis” trend this week, Warner Bros./New Line scared up a big win with the fourth film in the “Conjuring Cinematic Universe,” Annabelle: Creation which opened at Number 1 with $35 million, which is only about $2 million shy of what the first film made and in range with the opening weekends of all the Conjuring movies. And with a $15 million budget and mostly favorable reviews, this bodes well for director David F. Sandberg who had a hit last year for the studio with Lights Out and is in line to take the director’s chair for DC superhero flick Shazam! Annabelle: Creation also conjured up $37.1 million in foreign markets, giving the film a worldwide gross of $72.1 million.
Warner Bros. also had more champagne corks to pop as Dunkirk held on to the Number 2 spot against two more new releases, earning another $10.8 million and hitting $153.1 million domestically. The film added an estimated $14.5 million internationally, bringing its global total to $363.6 million against an estimated $100 million budget.
Open Road Films, however, had nothing to crow about as The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature opened on 4,003 screens — more than any film currently in the Top Ten — at Number 3 with $8.3 million and the second lowest per screen average of the top films at $2,084. Only The Emoji Movie earned less, $80 less, on just more than 3,200 screens. This marks the worst opening weekend ever for a movie opening on more than 4,000 screens by about $16 million … besting The Emoji Movie which opened on 4,075 screens with $24.5 million. And before that, it was The Mummy with $31.7 million on 4,035 screens.
Also performing below industry expectations, The Glass Castle did creep into the Top Ten, landing at Number 9 with $4.6 million on 1,461 screens, delivering the second best per screen average in the Top Ten with $3,202. Outside of the Top Ten, Ingrid Goes West opened on just three screens and delivered a whopping $45,100 per screen to land at Number 32 with $135,301. Good Time also did well on four screens, taking in $125,101 good for Number 35. The Only Living Boy in New York could only manage a tepid $54,458 on 15 screens (#41), and The Trip To Spain stopped at Number 44 with $45,306 on three screens.
Back in the Top Ten, second weeks were not good for The Dark Tower and Kidnap. The Dark Tower did indeed fall this weekend, bringing in 59% less than its opening weekend, falling from Number 1 to Number 4 with $7.8 million. The $60 million film now has a two week domestic gross of $34.2 million. It’s not faring much better overseas where it’s earned just $19.3 million, giving it a global $53.5 million total. Kidnap dropped 49%, down to Number 8 with $5 million and a $19.2 million domestic total. It probably didn’t drop further because it added 40 screens this week.
Wonder Woman officially crossed the $400 million mark domestically last week and now stands at $402.1 million. Worldwide, the film is edging closer to $800 million, this week topping off at $797.3 million. Spider-Man: Homecoming crossed the $300 million mark this weekend, landing at Number 7 with $6 million ($306.3 million domestic), and also crossed the $700 million mark globally with $395.6 million from foreign markets. And even though it dropped out of the Top Ten last week, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver (#16) crossed the $100 million mark this weekend by adding $1.4 million to its domestic total making this Wright’s highest grossing film to date … by $70 million! The film has also earned $66.7 million in foreign markets.
As the summer season winds down, the weekend of August 18 brings two new wide releases, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Logan Lucky, both of which have the potential to make some waves in the Top Ten.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of August 11.
9. [N] –1– The Glass Castle – $4,678,548 [NEW]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo