In the mainstream stakes it was always gonna be about one film and, indeed, it was. The fact that almost everything else in multiplexes fell over (except for Dunkirk) is a sign that summer is over, baby! But that didn’t stop Annabelle: Creation (3,502 screens) from smashing a terrific $36.7m opening weekend on a $10,480 screen average. The $15m production came in just behind the 2014 original’s $37.1m opening weekend and positions the film to come in at around the $80m domestically (Annabelle hit $84.3m). The big wild card factor is the critical reaction, Annabelle came in with a 29% rotten score whilst Annabelle: Creation is posting a much more buoyant 68% fresh score, that should translate into stronger word of mouth prospects and more turnstiles turning over. Given there’s no scare machines in the wind now until 8 September’s release of IT, this has the chance to surpass Annabelle’s gross entirely.
Ingrid Goes West (3 screens) absolutely obliterated its limited release opening with an $153,000 post on a $51,000 screen average. That’s packed houses every session it ran alongside the very cheery 86% fresh critical score. It’s a stellar start for the independent comedy and should see a healthy life in upscale theatres and art houses across the States as it cements its cult status. The film is currently doing the festival circuit here in Australia.
Good Time (4 screens) also smashed its limited release bow with an $159,000 opening weekend on a $39,750 screen average. The Robert Pattinson/Jennifer Jason Leigh starrer is also sporting robust critical love with a 92% fresh score. Definitely an urban player, this A24 independent release should enjoy a sustained limited run as the word of mouth spreads. The film is also doing the festival circuit here in Australia.
Dunkirk (3,762 screens) is the only notable hold over on the mainstream stage as it slips 37% for a $10.8m 4th weekend. With $153.1m in the bank thus far, it’s landed in 6th all time best for Christopher Nolan Stateside with its next target being $202m to beat out Interstellar which, sadly, it won’t do from here. Looking more at a $180m finish. The $100m production has now grossed $350m globally.
The Nut Job 2 (4,003 screens) bombs massively on opening with $8.7m on a $2,173 screen average. Bewildered they even made a sequel given the first one cost $42m to produce and earned $64m domestically, this puppy also landed a deathly 11% rotten score, the 2014 original hit the heights of 10% rotten. This is all over for $18m. With no production budget posted but you could easily guess it’d be in the mid to high $30ms given Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Jackie Chan, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Stormare are involved, this one is going to hurt!
The Dark Tower (3,451 screens) collapsed in week 2 from the dual punch of Annabelle: Creation and terrible, terrible word of mouth, falling 61% for a $7.5m take. That brings the domestic total to $33.9m on its way to a $45m finish line. Any chance of a sequel here will be entirely reliant on O/S business as Australia comes on board this Thursday with other countries to follow.
Girls Trip (2,303 screens) is breathing down the neck of $100m with $97.1m in the kitty at the end of this weekend. This should be able to hit $110m before finishing up. What a hit trip this is!
The Emoji Movie (3,219 screens) crosses $63.1m after a $6.1m weekend 3 result. $75m finish.
Detroit (3,007 screens) keeps copping beatdowns as it collapses in its 2nd weekend with a wide expansion, dropping 61% for a $2.8m weekend. That’s a $931 screen average. DEAD IN THE WATER. With $13.2m in the bank, it’s a terrible fate for the film which will now be all over for $15m top end as those screens will all but vanish from Friday. The cautionary tale of going far too wide far too quickly.
In Cinemas Friday 18 August, 2017 – The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Patti Cake$, Crown Heights
Figures from Deadline
1.). Annabelle: Creation (NL/WB), 3,502 theaters / $15M Fri. (includes $4M previews) / 3-day cume: $36.7M /Wk 1
2.) Dunkirk (WB), 3,762 theaters (+252)/ $3.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $10.8M (-37%)/Total: $153.1M/Wk 4
3.). The Nut Job 2 (OR), 4,003 theaters / $3M Fri. (includes $330k previews) / 3-day cume: $8.7M /Wk 1
4.). The Dark Tower (SONY/MRC), 3,451 theaters (0)/ $2.3M Fri. (-70%) / 3-day cume: $7.5M (-61%)/Total: $33.9M/Wk 2
5). Girls Trip (UNI), 2,303 theaters (-279) / $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $6.4M (-44%)/Total: $97.1M/Wk 4
6.). The Emoji Movie (SONY), 3,219 theaters (-856) / $1.9M Fri./ 3-day cume: $6.1M (-49%) /Total: $63.1M/Wk 3
7). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 2,607 theaters (-509)/ $1.7M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.8M (-34%)/Total: $306.2M/Wk 6
8/9). Kidnap (AVR), 2,418 theaters (+40) / $1.47M Fri. (-61%) / 3-day cume: $5M (-50%)/ Total: $19.2M/Wk 2
The Glass Castle (LG), 3,502 theaters / $1.65M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5M /Wk 1
10). Atomic Blonde (FOC), 2,093 theaters (-1,233)/ $1.27M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.3M (-47%) /Total $42.5M/Wk 3
Detroit (ANPA), 3007 theaters (0) / $842k Fri. (-68%)/ 3-day cume: $2.8M (-61%)/Total: $13.2M/Wk 3
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PAR), 556 theaters (+376) / $275k Fri. / 3-day cume: $784K (-18%) /Total: $2.28M/Wk 3
Wind River (TWC), 45 theaters (+41) / $187k Fri. (+260%) /PTA:$13k/ 3-day cume: $584k (+260%)/Total: $813K/Wk 2
Good Time (A24), 4 theaters / $54k Fri. /PTA: $39,8k/ 3-day cume: $159k /Wk 1
Ingrid Goes West (NEON), 3 theaters / $49k Fri. /PTA:$51k/ 3-day cume: $153k /Wk 1