As predicted this weekend is an absolute dead zone at the U.S. box office and the worst performing Labor Day Weekend in some 18 years. The only bright moment was Marvel’s Inhumans IMAX in cinema event screening of the pilot which posted a solid, if unremarkable, result. The doomed-from-the-start 40th Anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind was… welll… doomed. None of the new openers (all of them limited releases) did any business that would make distributors happy and the cinematic junkyard laid waste to the box office.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (3,370 screens) remains in pole position in spite of itself with a $9.4m weekend take. Yes, the #1 film on near 3,500 screens takes $9.4m on a dying $2,789 screen average. Limping to $56.7m domestically, it’s an astonishing moment in the 2017 box office that a film as weak as this is sitting on the throne. Don’t worry, IT releases this week and will decimate everything.
Annabelle: Creation (3,358 screens) remains in silver with $6.9m for its 4th weekend on a $2,055 screen average. Lurching past $90m, this is about to get wiped out by IT and will finish on $96m.
Wind River (2,602 screens) is probably the only good news story here with a 24% jump in box office for a $5.7m weekend. Still, a $2,191 screen average is deathly low to call it a success story and, as the film nudges $20m this week domestically, it’ll aim to finish on $28m.
Leap! (2,705 screens) came in like for like from its disastrous opening weekend to score $4.7m on a $1,738 screen average. With $13m in the kitty and barely no-one going to this, the only reason this even ranks in the top five is that families have, basically, no other options to dump their kids in. What’s clear is that most of them just stayed home. $18m finish.
Logan Lucky (2,975 screens) takes $4.1m on a $1,378 screen average. Dead and gone. This will all but vanish come Friday. $25m finish.
Dunkirk (2,752 screens) hits $179.5m this weekend by taking $3.8m on a $1,381 screen average. The war is over and the cinema screen ships will now sail off into the horizon as the film is set to finish on $185m.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2,036 screens) nabs $3.2m on a $1,572 screen average. It’s about to crack $325m domestically on its way to a $330m finish.
Marvel’s Inhumans (393 screens), the IMAX special event for the pilot of the TV serries, opened solidly to $1.97m on a $5,012 screen average. Look out, HBO will be jumping to do this with Game of Thrones.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Edition (901 screens) disappoints with $1.92m on a $2,131 screen average. Spielberg’s classic Sci-Fi clearly doesn’t have the same sentimental pull that Sony does for it.
Tulip Fever (765 screens), the period drama that sat on Weinstein’s shelf for nearly 2 years, finally gets dumped out into theatres and tanks with $1.55m on a $2,026 screen average. The film was just as maligned by critics who slammed it with 11% rotten.
Hazlo Como Hombre (382 screens) disappoints on opening to gross $1.1m on a $2,880 screen average. It was received averagely by critics landing a 50% rotten score and just didn’t get the cut through into the latino audience which has been uniquely strong over the past couple of years.
I Do…Until I Don’t (250 screens) bombs with $198,000 on a disastrous $792 screen average. The comedy chamber piece revolving around couples in a rut left critics in the mud as it scored a heinous 30% rotten.
In Cinemas 8 September, 2017 – IT, Home Again, 9/11 (Yes, this is that horrible Charlie Sheen trapped in an elevator movie)
Figures from Deadline
1.). The Hitman’s Bodyguard (LG), 3,370 theaters (-7) / $2.2M Fri. (-20%) / 3-day cume: $9.4M (-8%)/4-day: $12M/Total: $56.7M /Wk 3
2.). Annabelle: Creation (NL/WB), 3,358 theaters (-207) / $1.8M Fri. (-27%) / 3-day cume: $6.9M (-10%)/4-day: $8.3M/Total: $90M/Wk 4
3.) Wind River (TWC), 2,602 theaters (+507) / $1.5m Fri. (+5%) / 3-day cume: $5.7M (+24%)/4-day: $7.2M /Total: $19.7M/Wk 5
4.). Leap! (TWC), 2,705 theaters (+130)/ $1.1M Fri. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $4.7M (0%)/4-day: $6.3M /Total: $13M/Wk 2
5.) Logan Lucky (BST), 2,975 theaters (-56) / $1.05M Fri. (-22%) / 3-day cume: $4.1M (-3%)/4-day: $5.1M Total: $22.1M /Wk 3
6.) Dunkirk (WB), 2,752 theaters (-22)/ $938K Fri. (-21%) / 3-day cume: $3.8M (-3%)/4-day: $4.9M Total: $179.5M/Wk 7
7.) Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 2,036 theaters (-86)/ $797K Fri. (-1%)/ 3-day cume: $3.2M (+14%)/4-day: $4.2M /Total: $324.6M/Wk 9
8.). The Emoji Movie (SONY), 2,108 theaters (-266) / $493K Fri. (-21%)/ 3-day cume: $2.2M (-12%) /4-day: $3M /Total: $80.8M/Wk 6
9). Despicable Me 3 (ILL/UNI), 2,132 theaters (+16)/ $481K Fri. (+13%) / 3-day cume: $2.15M (+23%)/4-day: $2.9M /Total: $258.4M/Wk 10
10). Girls Trip (UNI), 1,607 theaters (-170) / $586K Fri. (-26%) / 3-day cume: $2.1M (-9%)/4-day: $2.7M /Total: $111.9M/Wk 7
Birth of the Dragon (BHT), 1,633 theaters (+15) / $416K Fri. (-63%) / 3-day cume: $1.56M (-42%)/4-day: $2M /Total: $5.7M/Wk 2
Marvel’s Inhumans (IMAX), 393 theaters / $500k Fri. / 3-day cume: $1.56M/4-day: $1.97M/Wk 1
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Edition (SONY), 901 theaters / $486k Fri. (includes $95k previews) / 3-day cume: $1.53M/4-day:$1.92M /Wk 1
All Saints (SONY), 846 theaters (0) / $334k Fri. (-42%) / 3-day cume: $1.35M (-12%)/4-day: $1.8M /Total:$4M/Wk 2
Tulip Fever (TWC), 765 theaters / $358k Fri. / 3-day cume: $1.25M/4-day: $1.55M/Wk 1
Hazlo Como Hombre (LG/PANT), 382 theaters / $348k Fri. / 3-day cume: $1.1M/4-day: $1.4M/Wk 1
I Do…Until I Don’t (TFA), 250 theaters / $47k Fri. / 3-day cume: $160K/4-day: $198K/Wk 1