Labor Day Weekend Box Office Craters With ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Leading Weak Pack

Hitman's Bodyguard
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Heading into what will be one of the worst Labor Day weekends in many years, Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” continued to protect its No. 1 position at the box office, bagging $2.4 million on Friday for a four-day weekend close to $12 million, followed by Warner’s “Annabelle: Creation” at $1.8 million for an estimated $7.7 million long weekend and The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River,” which blew in at $1.5 million for a possible $7.7 million weekend.

In a weekend with few newcomers, Weinstein’s “Tulip Fever” failed to bloom, trailing below already low expectations at No. 23 after Friday night’s receipts, with $358,000 on 765 screens in its debut frame. The medium-sized release could sputter to around $1.5 million total.

In all, the four-day holiday weekend is expected to total about $85 million, which is down about 30% from the same period in 2016.

That put the period love story behind even Sony’s 40th anniversary re-release of “Close Encounters of the Third  Kind,” which earned $486,000, starting Saturday at No. 12.

In its second week of release, Weinstein’s animated “Leap!” was fourth among Friday earners, with $1.1 million and Bleecker Street’s Steven Soderbergh buddy heist film “Logan Lucky” coming in fifth with a $1 million haul in week three.

Entering its third week at No. 1, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” cost an estimated $40 million to produce, and has earned a total of $56.6 million to date. It becomes the only summer film to hold the top spot for three consecutive weekends in a row.

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  1. Alvin Anderson says:

    Wind River is an excellent 4 or 5 star movie I strongly recommend to everyone. Body Guard was what I went to see but was surprised it was suddenly pulled out of local showings. I had the impression the ticket seller hissed at me when I asked about it. BUT “WIND RIVER” IS FANTASTIC WITH OSCAR LEVEL PERFORMANCES AND A GRIPPING STORY THAT IS MUCH DEEPER THAN IT MIGHT SEEM AT FIRST. It’s an emotional guy film that women will like. At the end I still wanted them to continue. Great acting.

  2. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Friend of mine said he was going to see a movie, I said which one, he said doesn’t matter just so long as its air conditioned. That sums up the summer!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Harry, great commentary. It sounds like you’re a bonafide lover of film. As a movie lover, I refuse to believe that the movie industry is done and done. For the most part, the movie-going public is simply tired of boring rehashes. Thanks for your upbeat forecast. I gives me hope.

  4. harry georgatos says:

    People aren’t turning away because of the poor Summer box-office, people are just not showing up in huge numbers because this years summer movies haven’t delivered audience expectations. Early in the year the R-rated LOGAN movie performed as did WONDER WOMAN and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. Audience came in droves to watch those films. The one great Summer movie was WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and compared to the huge box office of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES it surprisingly under-performed as it was one of the best reviewed films. DUNKIRK another well-received film performed beyond expectations. As for the rest of the Summer line-up was a really smelly affair. When one has THE HITMANS BODYGUARD number one for three straight weeks and no high-profile film coming out of course there’s going to be a weak box office. This September patrons will be lining up for IT, AMERICAN ASSASSIN, MOTHER, KINGSMAN 2, FLATLINERS with the big one on Oct 6 BLADE RUNNER 2049 and the epic box office smash THE LAST JEDI coming this Christmas, and the Summer of 2017 will be forgotten!

  5. Falconsnacks says:

    I really liked THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD. It is a fun “end of summer” action flick and the pairing of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds was a match made in comedy heaven. GO SEE IT!!

  6. Abhinavdas says:

    Went to the first show on IMAX for Hitman’s Bodyguard, the plot of Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson was really a crazy comibination. This movie is fun with action. No wonder how these chemistry worked between two.. You people should see it Cinemas, worth for the money !

  7. Are the numbers right?? “Entering its third week at No. 1, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” cost an estimated $40 million to produce, and has earned a total of $56,655 to date.”? or $56M?

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