'The Hitman's Bodyguard' tops the North American box office with $10M

29 August, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Gary Shelton
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While much of this can be chalked up to Saturday's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor and Hurricane Harvey impacting the Texas markets, these numbers are still indicative of a rough few months for Hollywood.

The biggest factor that caused the halt is because an already slow August witnessed no major new releases last weekend.

For the second straight weekend, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" claims #1 at the United States box office.

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The runner-up also remained the same as the horror thiller, Annabelle: Creation, took in $7 million. It could even be the lowest since September 21, 2001, which accrued $59 million in the wake of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. The animated film about an aspiring ballerina was only released in limited theaters here in US, but it's been doing fairly well overseas, pulling in $58 million in foreign ticket sales. The animation starring Elle Fanning, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Maddie Ziegler leaped to just over $1.5 million from 2,575 locations on Friday. Next week is expected to be just as bad: No new wide releases are scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

In second place, Warner Bros.

There have been lulls around this time in recent years.

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"Creation" for the second week in a row to take the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend, according to estimated figures released Sunday. "Make no mistake about it, there was little foot traffic in theaters this weekend, but the story line will change in two weeks when "It" opens".

The $64 million total box office take - spread over 53 films, including re-releases of Terminator 2 and ultra-low-budget fare - is abysmal.

"It's a tough weekend out there in the marketplace when a $5 million movie is ranked third", Laurent Ouaknine, distribution head at The Weinstein Company, which produced "Leap", told Variety.

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Rounding out the top tier are "Dunkirk" at No. 6 with $ 4 million, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at No. 7 with $2.7 million, "Mayweather vs. McGregor" at No. 8 with $2.6 million, "Birth of the Dragon" at No. 9 with $2.5 million and "The Emoji Movie" at No. 10 with $2.4 million.

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