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happy death day 3 Weekend Box Office: Happy Death Day Earns $1M in Thursday Previews

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‘Happy Death Day’

Jackie Chan’s ‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall,’ and ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ also open this weekend.

Happy Death Day took in $1 million in Thursday-night previews at 2,450 theaters at the North American box office.

The Universal horror pic, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon and rated PG-13, the pre-Halloween movie rolls out in 3,149 theaters this weekend and is predicted to open in the $15 million to $20 million range.

Happy Death Day‘s showing beat the initial debut of the most recent horror movie that opened before Halloween and wasn’t part of an existing franchise: Ouija, which earned $911,000 in Thursday-night screenings on a pre-Halloween weekend in 2014.

STXfilms’ action-thriller The Foreigner earned an estimated $775,000 in Thursday-night showings. Opening in 2,515 theaters this weekend, the Martin Campbell-directed movie stars Jackie Chan as a former military operative who comes out of retirement when his teenage daughter is killed in a politically motivated terrorist attack. He’s forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. It’s expected to open in the low- to mid-teen millions.

Marshall and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, targeting older adults, also launch nationwide this weekend, but are opting for a far smaller rollout. Both films are expected to gross $3 million-$5 million.

Produced by Studio 6 and distributed by Annapurna, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women goes out in 1,229 theaters. Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the real-life drama recounts how an American psychologist created the fictional character Wonder Woman. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote star.

In Open Road’s Marshall, Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history who, as a young NAACP lawyer, reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. Reginald Hudlin directed the drama, which rolls out in 821 locations. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell also star.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight debuts its A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, and Bleecker Street releases Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.

bladerunner Blade Runner 2049 stumbles at box office with $12.7 million


Backed by glowing reviews and an A- CinemaScore, Blade Runner 2049 was poised to best the box office during its opening weekend. While it’s still looking to come out on top, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 original is falling far below the initial predictions.

Early estimates pegged the film to reach the $45-$55 million range by Sunday, but Warner Bros. now reports earnings of $12.7 million from Friday night screenings over 4,058 theaters across the country — that includes the $4 million gross from Thursday night showings. This puts its new estimated weekend total around $36-$38 million. It’s not a death sentence, but it’s not a good start for a production that reportedly cost upward of $150 million to make.

Alien: Covenant, Scott’s attempt to continue another of his franchises, earned a similar amount from its opening weekend ($36.2 million) before crashing at the box office.

In Blade Runner 2049‘s defense, the original Blade Runner wasn’t a success right off the bat. After a mixed initial reception, it would be a slow burn before the film grew in notoriety, propelled by the Final Cut version of the film released by Scott and the on-going replicant mystery of Rick Deckard. Though, it already seems as though moviegoers aren’t as enthused as critics are about a nearly three-hour revival of a sci-fi classic.

The sequel stars Ryan Gosling as K, a Blade Runner in Los Angeles 30 years after the events of the first film. Uncovering a secret with catastrophic implications, he goes in search of Harrison Ford’s Rick. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) directed Blade Runner 2049 with a cast that includes Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, and Ana de Armas.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is releasing Blade Runner 2049 overseas, where the film is projected to earn between $48-$50 million from its foreign markets.

box office 1 It edging out American Made and Kingsman 2 at the box officeMeanwhile ‘Flatliners’ is looking lifeless

 It is rising up from the sewers and looking to reclaim the box office crown. In its fourth weekend in theaters, Warner Bros. and New Line’s horror hit is on track to gross an estimated $17.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, narrowly topping the new Tom Cruise caper American Made and last week’s winner, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Meanwhile Sony’s Flatliners reboot is showing few signs of life.

Based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel and directed by Andy Muschietti, It powered a record-breaking September at the domestic box office, where it has grossed $291.2 million. The film has added $262 million in foreign markets, pushing its worldwide total well past the half-billion-dollar mark, to $553.2 million.

Given It‘s critical and commercial success, it’s no surprise that a sequel was recently slated to hit theaters in 2019.

On It‘s tail, however, are Universal’s American Made with an estimated $17.016 million and Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle with an estimated $17 million. (Final weekend grosses will be reported Monday.)

american made 3 It edging out American Made and Kingsman 2 at the box office

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The former film, directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and starring Cruise as TWA pilot turned drug runner and arms smuggler Barry Seal, has garnered positive reviews and received a decent B-plus CinemaScore from audiences. However, it also marks the lowest opening for a Cruise film since 2012’s Jack Reacher ($15.2 million).

Cruise remains a draw overseas, where American Made has been rolling out over the past several weeks to the tune of $64.7 million.

A hair’s breadth behind American Made, director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel is on pace to decline 56% in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $66.7 million. For the sake of comparison, the original Kingsman declined 49% in its sophomore frame, putting its total at $68 million.

The weekend’s other new major release, Flatliners, will gross an estimated $6.7 million, taking fifth place and falling short of industry projections, which had it closer to $10 million. A remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller about a group of medical students who conduct dangerous near-death experiments, the film took a drubbing from critics (it currently has a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes) and received a tepid B-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers.flatliners 1 It edging out American Made and Kingsman 2 at the box office

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The new film is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who previously helmed the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Nina Dobrev.

Filling out the top five is Warner Bros’. The Lego Ninjago Movie, in fourth place with $12 million. After 10 days in North American theaters, the animated film has taken in $35.6 million, lagging well behind the pace of predecessors The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie.

Further down the list, Fox Searchlight’s Oscar hopeful Battle of the Sexes expanded from 21 theaters to 1,213 in its second weekend and is on pace to gross an estimated $3.4 million, while the Taye Diggs-led psychological thriller Til Death Do Us Part (distributed by Novus Content) is poised to crack the top 10 with a $1.5 million bow. Both figures are below industry projections.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.7 percent year-to-date. Check out the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 figures below.

1. It — $17.3 million
2. American Made — $17.016 million
3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $17 million
4. The Lego Ninjago Movie — $12 million
5. Flatliners — $6.7 million
6. Battle of the Sexes — $3.4 million
7. American Assassin — $3.3 million
8. Home Again — $1.8 million
9. Til Death Do Us Part — $1.5 million
10. mother! — $1.46 million

it Weekend Box Office: It Squeaks by American Made, Kingsman With $17.3M

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The order won’t be official until Monday since both ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and ‘American Made’ reported an estimated $17 million for the weekend, making for a close three-way contest.

There’s definitely a need for a recount at the North American box office.

According to Sunday estimates, horror blockbuster It narrowly beat Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Doug Liman’s new film American Made — starring Tom Cruise — with $17.3 million, compared to an estimated $17 million for the other two films.

The official order won’t be determined until Monday morning when final weekend grosses are tallied. Some rival studios show New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.’ It and Fox’s Kingsman tying with $17 million each, and Universal’s American Made coming in slightly behind.

Either way, It remains a phenomenon in its fourth weekend, ending Sunday with a domestic haul of $291 million. Overseas, it took in $35.6 million from 64 markets for $262 million abroad and $533.2 million globally. The film is responsible for fueling record September revenue after a brutal August.

British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel beat It overseas with $50 million from 77 markets for a 12-day worldwide total of $192.7 million, including $66.7 million in North America.

American Made marks a modest opening for Cruise, who has had a mixed record at the domestic box office. In the film, the actor portrays Barry Seal, the real-life TWA pilot who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s before turning CIA informant. Universal, which is handling American Made, is counting on the movie having a long run, thanks to strong reviews (audiences were less impressed, giving it a B+ CinemaScore). Overseas, where Cruise’s star power is brighter, American Made has already earned $64.7 million for a global cume of $81.7 million.

“We will have a great run, and American Made overperformed tracking. Tom is something to discover in this movie,” says Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou. “And I think it’s interesting that you have three films that are within shouting distance of each other. Once the dust settles on Monday, we’ll see how it turns out.”

American Made cost a reported $50 million to make after tax rebates and incentives. Cross Creek Pictures financed and produced both American Made and the new Flatliners remake, which cost $19 million to make.

Released by Sony, Flatliners faltered with an estimated $6.7 million bow, compared to an expected $10 million-plus opening. The pic sports an abysmal 0 rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, but earned a B- CinemaScore from audiences.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, the original Flatliners (1990) starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon as five medical students who conduct near-death experiments by stopping their hearts for short bursts of time. Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons star in the reboot, which was helmed by Niels Arden Oplev.

The Christian pic A Question of Faith, whose cast includes Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell, Renee O’Connor, Gregory Alan Williams, T.C. Stallings and Jaci Velasquez, also opened to a meek $1 million from 661 theaters.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s awards contender Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, rolled out nationwide after launching in 21 cinemas last weekend. The film came in No. 6 with an estimated $3.5 million from 1,213 theaters for an early total of $4.1 million.

Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench, expanded into a total of 77 theaters, taking in $1 million for a screen average of $13,393 and a cume of $1.2 million.

The animated biopic Loving Vincent expanded into a total of four cinemas, grossing $52,886 for a screen average of $13,222.

New openings at the specialty box office included Watergate drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, which logged a screen average of $7,028 after earning $35,138 from five theaters. The Sony Pictures Classics release stars Liam Neeson as “Deep Throat,” the anonymous source who fed information to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Diane Lane, Maika Monroe and Tony Goldwyn also star in Felt, which premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lucky, starring the late Harry Dean Stanton, launched in five theaters, earning $46,000 for a screen average of $9,200.

And IFC’s documentary Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton debuted at the Nuart in Los Angles, grossing $13,819.

Overall, the weekend helped contribute to a massive September at the box office led by It, which delivered over 40% of the month’s record $694.9 million. The total gross tops the previous record of $626.4 million brought in over the course of September 2015 by almost $70 million. September also helped give 2017 a little jolt in the right direction following a disappointing August, which ended with the year down 6.3% compared to 2016. As of the end of September, 2017 now trails 2016 by just 4.6%.

Next weekend Warner Bros. will release Blade Runner 2049 into over 3,900 locations, Fox will debut The Mountain Between Us in ~2,900 theaters, Lionsgate opens My LIttle Pony into 2,500 locations and Quality Flix will release The Stray in ~630 theaters.

kingsman2 ninjago Box office report: Kingsman 2 dethrones It as Lego Ninjago misfires

 Manners maketh money.

Fox’s over-the-top spy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Compass is on track to earn an estimated $39 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, unseating two-time box office champ It and outpacing fellow new release The Lego Ninjago Movie.

 After getting roughed up by critics, The Golden Circle will likely debut below the $41.8 million four-day total pulled in by its predecessor over Presidents Day weekend in 2015, but above the original’s Friday-Sunday total of $36.2 million. With $39 million, the sequel would notch the fifth-highest September opening ever, not adjusted for inflation. It’s also on pace to add an estimated $61.2 million from 55 international markets this weekend.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn and loosely based on the comic book The Secret Service, the second Kingsman film finds young British spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his mentor Harry (Colin Firth) teaming up with their American counterparts to save the world. The high-profile cast also includes Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges.

Moviegoers gave The Golden Compass a decent B-plus CinemaScore.kingsman the golden circle 2 Box office report: Kingsman 2 dethrones It as Lego Ninjago misfires

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Dropping down to the No. 2 spot, It is on pace for an estimated $30 million, which would bring its domestic total to $266.4 million after 17 days in theaters. The Warner Bros. and New Line film, adapted from Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name, has smashed several box office records, including highest September opening and highest-grossing horror movie (both unadjusted for inflation). A sequel is already in the works.

Things are less rosy in Legoland, as Ninjago is debuting in third place with an estimated $21.2 million — considerably below industry projections, which pegged it closer to $30 million. The Warner Bros. animated film, about a young ninja warrior and friends battling his warlord father, is lagging far behind the openings of predecessors The Lego Movie ($69.1 million) and The Lego Batman Movie ($53 million).

Reviews for Ninjago were underwhelming, and audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan directed the movie, and the voice cast includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Olivia Munn, Michael Pena, and Jackie ninjago 1 Box office report: Kingsman 2 dethrones It as Lego Ninjago misfires

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Rounding out the top five are the Dylan O’Brien action thriller American Assassin, with an estimated $6.3 million, and the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Home again, with an estimated $3.3 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.6 percent year-to-date. Check out the Sept. 22-24 figures below.

1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $39 million
2. It — $30 million
3. The Lego Ninjago Movie — $21.2 million
4. American Assassin — $6.3 million
5. Home Again — $3.3 million
6. mother! — $3.3 million
7. Friend Request — $2.4 million
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $1.9 million
9. Stronger — $1.7 million
10. Wind River — $1.3 million

Check back for updates …

box office Box office preview: Hitmans Bodyguard to repeat atop sluggish weekend

Bodyguard Productions; The Weinstein Company; BH Tilt
Pre-Labor Day stretch to be one of the worst of 2017 so far
More bad news for an already floundering market: With a batch of weak newcomers flooding the mainstream mix, the weekend frame ahead is poised to be one of the slowest of 2017 thus far. Most industry projections indicate that the likeliest contender for a No. 1 finish is last week’s top earner, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which is on pace to lead the domestic chart with a mere $10 million-$12 million. A sub-$19 million gross hasn’t led the North American box office since February, when M. Night Shyamalan’s Split squeaked past Rings to claim the throne in its third week of release.

So just how low will the weekend ahead go? Check out EW’s Aug. 25-27 weekend box office predictions below.

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $12 million

With next to nothing competing for the top slot, Hitman’s Bodyguard’s second weekend grosses will benefit from moviegoers defaulting to the Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L. Jackson action-comedy, simply because it’s the most prominent title in wide release at the moment. With little else for mainstream ticket buyers to choose from and decent word of mouth (B+ on CinemaScore) fueling its run, Hitman’s Bodyguard should occupy the top spot for another frame to the tune of $10 million-$12 million.

2. Annabelle: Creation — $7 million

As the Conjuring-verse expands to include more titles spun off from the main track of the hit horror series, so does its change purse. Already pacing ahead of most other horror titles released this year, Annabelle: Creation opened to a whopping $35 million on a $15 million budget earlier this month and has earned just under $70 million in the U.S. and Canada thus far. The first Annabelle movie — based on a storyline that appeared in the original Conjuring film in 2013 — topped out at $84 million, but with only three frames in the bag so far, Creation is on track to easily best its forerunner’s gross by the end of its run, even as it falls another 50 percent over the three-day stretch to come.

3. Leap! — $5 million

Amid an onslaught of domestic box office disappointments like Cars 3 and The Emoji Movie, the current state of animation has left plenty to be desired, and Leap is doing little to reverse the downward trend. Releasing to approximately 2,000 theaters this Friday, Leap features an eclectic voice cast — including Carly Rae Jepsen, Elle Fanning, Mel Brooks, and Kate McKinnon — and a thumping soundtrack (“Cut to the Feeling” is an undeniable bop), but the film has hardly carved out a unique lane for itself in a market crowded by familiar franchises. With critical reviews heading south, Leap is looking to gross in the $4 million-$6 million range through Sunday.

4. Logan Lucky — $5 million

After debuting to an underwhelming $8 million last weekend, Steven Soderbergh’s feature directorial comeback (from a four-year hiatus) shouldn’t be written off as a total flop just yet. Soderbergh released Logan Lucky via an unorthodox yet cost-effective alternative strategy, which eliminated big studio involvement and saw foreign and non-theatrical distribution rights sold off to fund a targeted marketing campaign to offset the film’s modest $29 million budget. That means the director had more creative freedom while making the film and now has less risk when it comes to recouping production costs. Adult-oriented movies tend to shed smaller portions of their debut numbers in subsequent weeks, and Logan Lucky should similarly see a modest decline in the days ahead.

5. Wind River — $4.5 million

In the wake of opening to a strong $40,390 per-screen average in limited release, Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River has carried the momentum through to its nationwide expansion, earning nearly $3 million on screens around the country last week. With Oscar prospects in tow, Wind River is following in the footsteps of last year’s Sheridan-penned Hell or High Water, which received multiple Academy Award nominations — including one for Best Picture — after dazzling on the specialty front throughout August. Sheridan’s new crime-thriller, which sees Elizabeth Olsen playing an FBI agent investigating a grisly murder on a Native American reservation alongside a local game trapper (Jeremy Renner), has accumulated stellar reviews, and strong word of mouth has driven the Weinstein Co. to rapidly expand the film’s footprint. Expect the addition of more theaters this weekend to bolster another solid showing for Wind River, likely between $3 million and $4 million.

Outside the top five, BH Tilt will unleash Birth of the Dragon via its targeted release method, hoping Bruce Lee fans will flock to the stylized take on the action icon’s life as it debuts at 1,617 sites.

The faith-based drama All Saints, starring John Corbett, also sets its sights on a specific demographic this weekend, and Christian audiences have proven their box office might in the past, especially on recent titles like Miracles From Heaven and Heaven Is for Real. The only problem is that All Saints lacks a star with the profile of Miracles’ Jennifer Garner and Real’s Greg Kinnear, and the film has done little to set itself apart from similarly themed brethren.

Other titles expanding to more locations include Robert Pattinson’s well-received Good Time, which has earned the former Twilight star some of the best reviews of his career, and the Aubrey Plaza-starrer Ingrid Goes West. Both of those films push on Friday, while smaller titles like Juliette Binoche’s Polina and the Korean actioner The Villainess look to land sturdy per-theater averages in limited release.

hitmans bodyguard logan lucky Weekend Box Office: Hitmans Bodyguard Mows Down Logan Lucky With $21.6M

Courtesy of Lionsgate; Claudette Barius/Fingerprint Releasing/Bleecker Street
‘Hitman’s Bodguard’ (left), ‘Logan Lucky’

Neither film, however, could stop domestic summer revenue from continuing to fall as Hollywood and theater owners endured the lowest-grossing weekend of the year to date.

In a blow for returning director Steven Soderbergh, his star-studded heist pic Logan Lucky was mowed down at the domestic box office by The Hitman’s Bodyguard despite rapturous reviews.

Hitman’s Bodyguard also doesn’t lack for star power in its two leading men, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Lionsgate’s action comedy debuted to a better-than-expected $21.6 million from 3,377 theaters to easily top the weekend box-office chart, although it couldn’t do anything to stop overall summer revenue from continuing to tumble as Hollywood and theater owners endured the lowest-grossing weekend of the year to date.

Critics snubbed Hitman’s Bodyguard, while audiences gave the R-rated pic a B+ CinemaScore. Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3), the action comedy tells the story of a world-renowned bodyguard (Reynolds) who must protect an infamous hitman (Jackson) who is scheduled to testify. The movie drew its fair share of females (48 percent).

Logan Lucky placed third with an estimated $8.1 million from 3,301 theaters, the lowest nationwide start of Soderbergh’s career behind the 2002 space odyssey Solaris ($6.7 million) and the lowest when adjusting for inflation. The filmmaker made the $29 million heist comedy outside the Hollywood studio system by relying on a combination of foreign presales and equity, while raising another $20 million for marketing so as to retain tight control of how the PG-13 pic was sold. Indie distributor Bleecker Street distributed the pic on behalf of Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing.

Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank, Logan Lucky follows two brothers (Tatum and Driver) as they attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

The film — Soderbergh’s first in four years after his previously announced retirement — boasts a stellar 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences were notably less enthusiastic, giving it a B grade.

No other new movies opened nationwide. Total revenue for the weekend is roughly $94 million-$95 million, behind Super Bowl weekend ($99 million).

Among holdovers, Warner Bros./New Line’s Annabelle: Creation came in a strong No. 2 with $15.5 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $64 million. It declined 56 percent, an unusually good hold for a horror title. Overseas, Annabelle 2 earned conjured up $42 million from 56 markets for a foreign cume of $96.7 million and $160.7 million globally.

Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is still going strong, placing No. 4 with $6.7 million for a domestic total of $165.5 million and a global haul of $392.7 million. And in a third win for the studio, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman cleared the $800 million mark at the global box office, including $404 million domestically. (Disney and Marvel’s summer superhero tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II is still ahead worldwide with $862.1 million.)

Open Road’s The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature fell to No. 5 in its second outing, earning $5.1 million for a 10-day domestic total of $17.7 million.

At the specialty box office, the news was grim for filmmaker Geremy Jasper’s Sundance Film Festival sensation Patti Cakes$, which opened to $66,000 from 14 theaters for a screen average of $4,714. Fox Searchlight acquired the suburban rapper comedy for $9.5 million following a heated bidding war at Sundance in January.

The Weinstein Co.’s Wind River moved into the top 10 as it expanded into a total of 694 locations, grossing $3 million for a location average of $4,359 and an early domestic total of $4.1 million.

Ingrid Goes West and Good Time both continued to impress in their sophomore outings. From Neon, the comedy-drama Ingrid earned $265,567 from 26 cinemas for a screen average of $10,214 and a cume of $438,685. And A24’s crime drama Good Time upped its theater count to 20, earning $173,000 for a screen average of $8,652 and a 10-day total of $349,007.

Annabelle Creation Box office report: Annabelle: Creation scares off the competition
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Caption: (L-R) The Annabelle doll and LULU WILSON as Linda in New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “ANNABELLE: CREATION,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

As the summer box office continues to look a fright, the horror movie Annabelle: Creation is on track to debut with an estimated $35 million gross in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, topping fellow newcomers The Nut Job 2 and The Glass Castle as well as holdovers including Dunkirk and The Dark Tower.

The fourth installment of Warner Bros. and New Line’s Conjuring franchise, Annabelle: Creation is poised for the lowest opening of the series, behind Annabelle’s $37.1 million, The Conjuring’s $41.9 million, and The Conjuring 2’s $40.4 million. Nevertheless, $35 million represents a strong start for a chiller that cost a modest $15 million to make.

Reviews have been mixed to positive for the film, which currently has a 68 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave it a CinemaScore of B. The story centers on a grieving dollmaker and his wife with a haunted past who welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. David F. Sandberg directed, and the cast includes Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, and Stephanie Sigman.

Holding steady in second place is Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, which is set to take in an estimated $11.4 million over its fourth weekend in theaters. A rare bright spot during a sluggish summer, the Warner Bros. movie will thus cross the $150 million mark at the domestic box office, while tallying $210 million from foreign markets.

Rounding out the weekend’s top three is the Open Road animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, with an estimated $8.9 million. Despite being good enough for third place, that figure is less than half of what the first Nut Job movie opened to — $19.4 million — on 500 fewer screens in 2014.

Reviews have not been kind to the computer-animated comedy, which follows a group of animals trying to stop an egomaniacal mayor from bulldozing their home to make way for a shoddy amusement park. Audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

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(Left to right) Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) and Andy (voiced by Katherine Heigel) in NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films / Distributor: Open Road Films
Open Road Films

The weekend’s other newcomer, the Brie Larson drama The Glass Castle, will crack the top 10 with an estimated $4.9 million. Opening in 1,461 theaters, the Lionsgate film has a much smaller footprint than than many of its competitors; Annabelle: Creation, for example, is playing in 3,502 locations, and Nut Job 2 is playing in 4,003.

Based on gossip columnist Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir about her unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), The Glass Castle divided critics but garnered an A-minus CinemaScore, suggesting positive word of mouth.

Meanwhile last weekend’s winner, the Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, will tumble to the No. 4 slot with an estimated $7.9 million. Notching a 59 percent decline, the Sony film continues the recent trend of steep second-week drops.

On the specialty front, the Aubrey Plaza dramedy Ingrid Goes West is set to take in an estimated $141,216 at three locations, which works out to a robust $47,072 per-theater average (one of the best limited releases this year). The crime drama Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson, is on track for an estimated $137,625 at four locations, a per-theater average of $34,406.

After a promising opening last week, writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River is holding up with an estimated $642,067 from 45 locations ($14,268 per-theater average), bringing its domestic total to $870,285.

The forecast is less sunny for Al Gore’s climate documentary An Inconvenient Sequel, which will take in an estimated $800,000 from 556 locations in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $2.3 million. By comparison, the original Inconvenient Truth totaled about $4 million by the end of its third weekend, at 122 locations.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 4.1 percent from the same frame from last year. Check out the Aug. 11-13 figures below.

1. Annabelle: Creation — $35 million
2. Dunkirk — $11.4 million
3. The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature — $8.9 million
4. The Dark Tower — $7.9 million
5. The Emoji Movie — $6.6 million
6. Girls Trip — $6.5 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $6.1 million
8. Kidnap — $ 5.2 million
9. The Glass Castle — $4.9 million
10. Atomic Blonde — $4.6 million

annabelle 1 Weekend Box Office: Annabelle: Creation Conjuring Up $36M Plus Debut

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’ and the book adaptation ‘The Glass Castle’ also open nationwide this weekend.

New Line’s Annabelle: Creation is scaring up a strong business in its box-office debut for a projected domestic launch in the $36 million-$39 million range, according to early Friday returns.

The origin film, directed by David F. Sandberg, is the fourth installment in the studio’s Conjuring horror franchise. It’s pacing to gross as much as $17 million from 3,502 theaters on Friday, including a strong $4 million in Thursday previews.

Annabelle, which opened in October 2014, earned $2.1 million in late-night showings on its way to a $37.1 million domestic debut. It earned $256.9 million worldwide. Conjuring 2 took in $3.4 million in previews in June 2016 on its way to a $40.4 million debut in North America. The highest earner in the Conjuring universe, it has grabbed $320.3 million worldwide.

The new installment follows a doll maker and his wife who, after losing their little girl, welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. But they soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Annabelle: Creation is also impressing overseas, where it has grossed $9.5 million in its first two days, including a Thursday haul of $1.2 million in South Korea.

Elsewhere in North America, Open Road’s animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is projected to open to a subdued $8 million-$10 million from 4,003 theaters. Friday’s gross will include $330,000 in Thursday previews.

The first Nut Job film debuted to $19.4 million in January 2014.

Nutty by Nature, about a group of animals trying to stop their serene park from being turned into an amusement venture, features a voice cast that includes Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan and Katherine Heigl. Cal Brunker directed it.

Lionsgate’s adaptation The Glass Castle is opening in far fewer theaters, or 1,461 locations, for a projected $4.5 million-$6.5 million launch.

Based on former gossip columnist and author Jeannette Walls’ best-selling 2005 memoir, the story follows a young girl and her siblings who grow up with parents who choose to live an unorthodox (and often homeless) life. Brie Larson plays Walls in the film while Woody Harrelson plays Walls’ alcoholic father Rex. Naomi Watts plays Walls’ mother. The film sees Larson reunite with her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton.

In limited release, Reliance will premiere Toilet: Ek Prem Katha into 175 theaters; A24 will release Good Time into four theaters; Neon will debut Ingrid Goes West into three theaters; IFC is also debuting The Trip to Spain in three locations; Roadside will debut Amazon’s The Only Living Boy in New York in 15 theaters; and Freestyle is releasing Bedeviled.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Annabelle: Creation (3,502 theaters) – $31.5 M
  • Dunkirk (3,762 theaters) – $11.0 M
  • The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (4,003 theaters) – $9.5 M
  • Girls Trip (2,303 theaters) – $7.6 M
  • The Dark Tower (3,451 theaters) – $7.6 M
  • The Emoji Movie (3,219 theaters) – $6.2 M
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2,607 theaters) – $6.0 M
  • Kidnap (2,418 theaters) – $5.6 M
  • Detroit (3,007 theaters) – $4.8 M
  • The Glass Castle (1,461 theaters) – $4.1 M

dunkirk 4 Weekend Box Office: Dunkirk Heads for $45M $50M U.S. Debut; Valerian Bombing

Elsewhere, Universal’s ‘Girls Trip’ is breaking the R-rated comedy curse with a projected $25 million-plus opening.

‘Dunkirk’ Delivers $5.5M from Thursday Previews, ‘Valerian’ and ‘Girls Trip’ Each with $1.7M

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is easily winning the Friday box-office battle for a projected $45 million-$50 million debut, marking the best opening for a World War II movie in recent times.

Dunkirk is expected to earn $17 million or more on Friday, including $5.5 million in Thursday night previews. The critically acclaimed film, from Warner Bros., is playing in 3,720 locations and is getting a wide berth in Imax theaters and on 70mm screens.

Other comparisons used in our weekend preview below include:

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $4m Preview / $55.5m Opening
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – $3.7m Preview / $45.4m Opening
  • Interstellar – $3.5m Preview / $47.5m Opening
  • The Magnificent Seven – $1.75m Preview / $34.7m Opening
  • Fury – $1.2m Preview / $23.7m Opening
  • Unbroken – $850k Preview / $30.6m Opening

Nolan’s last film, Interstellar, debuted to nearly $50 million over the long Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, including $47.5 million for the three-day weekend. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was his biggest opening ($160.9 million), followed by 2008’s The Dark Knight ($158.4 million), 2005’s Batman Begins ($73 million, including a three-day weekend of $48.7 million) and 2010’s Inception ($62.8 million).

Dunkirk, recounting one of World War II’s most famous battles, stars Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Jack Lowden, One Direction’s Harry Styles and Aneurin Barnard. At 107 minutes, it is the shortest film of Nolan’s career, outside of his first movie. The production budget was reportedly $150 million or more.

Overseas, Dunkirk has earned $8.6 million in its first two days after beginning to roll out in select markets on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Universal’s Girls Trip is laughing loudly in North America. The femme-centric pic looks to earn $11 million or more from 2,591 theaters on Friday, including $1.7 million in previews, for an opening in the $26 million range — the best showing of the year so far for an R-rated comedy, a genre that’s been decidedly challenged.

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who also produced alongside Will Packer, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah as lifelong friends who go to New Orleans for a wild weekend of fun.

The news isn’t good for the weekend’s third new release, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets. The sci-fi epic, costing at least $180 million to produce, is projected to gross $7 million on Friday from 3,553 theaters and $17 million for the weekend.

From Besson’s EuropaCorp and U.S. distributor STX Films, the film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a duo who must travel through space and time to save the universe. EuropaCorp put together financing for the movie and provided marketing funds.

At that pace, Valerian won’t be able to beat holdovers Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. Among other holdovers, Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 jumped the $200 million mark at the domestic box office on Thursday.

Finally, as of Wednesday, Wonder Woman was up to $383.5 million domestically. Expected to bring in another $4 million or so this weekend, it will top Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and become the second highest grossing film of 2017 so far.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Dunkirk (3,720 theaters) – $51.0 M
  • Girls Trip (2,591 theaters) – $26.0 M
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (4,100 theaters) – $24.8 M
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (4,130 theaters) – $21.7 M
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (3,553 theaters) – $17.0 M
  • Despicable Me 3 (3,521 theaters) – $10.5 M
  • The Big Sick (2,597 theaters) – $5.2 M
  • Baby Driver (2,503 theaters) – $5.1 M
  • Wonder Woman (1,971 theaters) – $4.2 M
  • Wish Upon (2,154 theaters) – $2.8 M

* Valerian budget courtesy CNC.

war for the planet of the apes Box office report: Planet of the Apes wins the war against Spider Man for No. 1
Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
Twentieth Century Fox.

War for the Planet of the Apes has won the box office this weekend.

The latest in the Planet of the Apes franchise has brought in an estimated $56.5 million in its first weekend of release, while also playing well with fans (an A- on CinemaScore). However, despite coming out on top, War omanaged to beat its closest rival, Spider-Man: Homecoming, by only an estimated $11.3 million. In fact, this weekend’s opening figures hew closer to that of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8 million) as opposed to its most recent predecessor, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6 million). This estimated $16.1 million shortfall is in keeping with a recent trend that sees familiar blockbuster franchises not perform as well as they used to. Internationally, War for the Planet of the Apes has earned $46 million, bringing the movie’s current worldwide earnings to $102.5 million.

The newest Planet of the Apes movie follows Caesar (played once again by Lord of the Rings‘ Andy Serkis) as he embarks on a quest to avenge his fellow apes after their forces are decimated in a deadly battle against an army of humans lead by Woody Harrelson’s ruthless Colonel. As Caesar grapples with his emotions, he finds himself facing off against the Colonel in a fight that will decide the fates of both their species (and the planet a large).

In second place this week is Spider-Man: Homecoming with estimated earning of $45.2 million, bringing the movie’s domestic total to $208.3 million after only 10 days in theaters. Internationally, the Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios production has been performing just as well, bringing in an additional $261 million, bringing the worldwide total for the movie starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and Zendaya to $469.4 million so far.

However, despite debuting to critical and fan acclaim (an A on CinemaScore), the film’s second week sees a steep 61.4 percent drop in its earnings — not unlike 2007’s Spiderman 3 (61.5 percent) and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (61.2 percent), though in the case of the former, the movie actually ended up pulling in a higher figure ($58.2 million) in its sophomore frame than Homecoming. In terms of actual earnings, the Tom Holland-led movie seems to be following the 2004’s Spider-Man 2, which also earned $45.2 million in its second week out.

At No. 3 is Illumination and Universal’s Despicable Me 3, with the animated feature film bringing in an estimated $18.9 million this week. This brings the movie’s domestic total to $188 million — which is much lower than predecessors Despicable Me 2 ($276 million) and Minions ($262.4 million) at this point in the movie’s box office run. However, combined with its international earnings of $431.4 million so far, DM3‘s worldwide earning currently sits at $619.4 million, which is more than Despicable Me overall earnings ($543 million) by the end of its run.

In fourth place is Edgar Wright’s critically acclaimed Baby Driver, earning an estimated $8.75 million. With another steady 32.7 percent drop in its domestic haul, this continues to be Wright’s highest earning movie, with a domestic box office total of $73.2 million, and a worldwide one of $96.3 million. By comparison, Wrights’ previous movies Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldThe World’s EndHot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead earned, respectively, $47.7 million, $46.1 million, $80.6 million, and $30 million by the end of their entire runs. The impeccably-scored heist movie stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx.

Cracking the top 5 is none other than the Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan-starring The Big Sick with an estimated $7.6 million. Following its successful opening in limited release, and slowly building buzz, the movie’s current domestic total sits just above $16 million. Silicon Valley‘s Nanjiani and Ruby Sparks‘ Kazan star as a Pakistani comedian and an American grad student who fall in love, but then break up when he can’t tell his conservative Muslim parents that he does not want an arranged marriage. But when Kazan’s Emily falls ill and is put in a coma, Nanjiani’s character starts to bond with her parents, played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter.

Elsewhere in the top 10, DC’s Wonder Woman saw a small drop in its earnings (29.9 percent) as it earned an estimated $6.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $380.7 million, cementing its status as, domestically, the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe movie. In terms of its worldwide earnings, WW has brought in $764.9 million, placing it firmly behind Batman v Superman ($873.3 million), in which the titular character actually also appeared.

In seventh place is newcomer Wish Upon with an estimated $5.6 million. The Broad Green-produced horror movie has not played well with critics or fans (a C on CinemaScore), despite starring Ryan Phillippe as Jonathan Shannon, a father who gifts his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) with a music box that (unbeknownst to him) will grant her seven wishes courtesy of its dark powers. Despite some initial hesitation, Clare begins to use the box’s dark powers to improve her life — only, as she discovers, each one also causes the people close to her to die quite violently. Maze Runner‘s Ki Hong Lee and newly-minted Emmy nominee Shannon Purser also star.

Outside the top 10, and in limited release, Lady Macbeth debuted to an estimated $68,813 opening, with a per theater average of $13,763 from only 5 locations. The movie, which is set in 1865 rural England, tells the story of Katherine, a young woman who is stuck in a loveless marriage with an older man, but then begins an affair with one her own age, leading both to commit murder to preserve their newfound lives.

Elsewhere, Endless Poetry opened in two locations with an estimated $28,000, and a PTA of $14,000. Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the French-Chilean drama explores his early adulthood and the events which prompted his decision to become a poet.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 0.4 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the July 14-16 box office figures below.

1 – War for the Planet of the Apes – $56.5 million
2 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – $45.2 million
3 – Despicable Me 3 – $18.9 million
4 – Baby Driver – $8.75 million
5 –  The Big Sick – $7.6 million
6 – Wonder Woman – $6.9 million
7 – Wish Upon – $5.6 million
8 – Cars 3 – $3.2 million
9 – Transformers: The Last Knight – $2.8 million
10 – The House – $1.8 million

war for the planet of the apes and spider man  homecoming 2017 Box Office: War for the Planet of the Apes Stomping Past Spider Man With $57M

‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Elsewhere, supernatural horror film ‘Wish Upon’ isn’t scaring up much business, while ‘The Big Sick’ expands nationwide after an impressive limited run at the specialty box office.

Director Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes is stomping past holdover Spider-Man: Homecoming at the North American box office, topping Friday’s chart with $22.1 million from 4,022 theaters for a projected $57.5 million debut.

Heading into the weekend, it was unclear whether the final installment in 20th Century Fox’s refurbished trilogy would be able to beat Sony’s Spider-Man, which swung to a stellar $117 million last weekend.

Apes is performing ahead of expectations but will still open behind the 2014 sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6 million). It will, however, best the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8 million). Friday’s haul included $5 million in Thursday-night previews.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed around $13.7 million Friday from 4,348 cinemas for a sophomore outing of $47 million-$48 million. That would mean a decline of 60 percent or 59 percent, a bigger drop than the summer’s two other superhero sensations, Wonder Woman, which fell a scant 43 percent, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (56 percent), but certainly in keeping with many other comic book adaptations. Sony’s Spider-Man reboot will finish the weekend with a tidy domestic total of roughly $210 million.

War for the Planet of the Apes has roared to a stellar 94 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming (93 percent), Wonder Woman (92 percent) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (81 percent). And it earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

The latest Planet of the Apes installment, costing $150 million to produce before marketing, follows Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he and the other apes try to survive the ongoing war with mankind and the wrath of a ruthless human dictator (Woody Harrelson). Chernin Entertainment produced.

Elsewhere, new entry Wish Upon  is having trouble scaring up much business for Broad Green Pictures and Orion. The supernatural horror pic earned an estimated $2.3 million Friday from 2,250 theaters for a projected $5.5 million-$6 million debut, putting it at No. 7. Starring Joey King, Ryan Phillippe and Elisabeth Rohm, the film around a young girl who’s given a music box by her father that grants her every wish, with terrifying consequences. Wish Upon received a C CinemaScore.

There’s major action at the specialty box office as director Michael Showalter’s critical darling The Big Sick, from Amazon Studios and Lionsgate, expands nationwide into 2,597 theaters after a glowing limited run. The romantic comedy grossed an estimated $2.5 million Friday for $7 million-$8 million weekend.

From a script by Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon, The Big Sick draws from their real-life courtship and revolves around a young Pakistani comedian (Nanjiani) and his American girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) who must contend with their cultural differences and two very different sets of parents. Judd Apatow produced.

The Big Sick looks to come in No. 5 behind War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man, Despicable Me 3 and Edgar Wright’s heist thriller Baby Driver. Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 , playing in 4,155 theaters, is anticipating a $19.4 million weekend for a domestic total of $188.4 million. Baby Driver, Sony’s second big win of the summer, is projected to gross another $8.7 million for a North American cume of $73 million.

Wonder Woman — now in its seventh weekend — will finally fall out of the top five to No. 6 with an estimated $6.5 million weekend for a dazzling domestic total of around $380 million. The Warner Bros. release is enjoying an unheard of hold and is now assured of topping out at $395 million or more.