×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Barely Beating ‘Annabelle: Creation’ to Win Slowest Weekend of 2017

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Annabelle: Creation” may technically be leading the domestic box office at the moment, but this weekend is all about Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather — even at the movies. The televised boxing match will be taking center stage from films in what will go down as the slowest weekend of the year.

The weekend will cap what’s been a catastrophic summer for the movie business. As of Aug. 23, the summer domestic box office was down 13.4 percent to $3.63 billion, lowering the year-to-date total by 5.4 percent to $7.38 billion. This month is running 34 percent behind August of last year.

In its second frame, the Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L. Jackson vehicle “Hitman’s Bodyguard” from Lionsgate is expected to win the weekend despite an unseasonably weak showing from a No. 1 film. The buddy cop action-comedy took in just over $3 million from 3,377 marks on Friday, setting the picture up for a $10 million weekend. That number will eclipse 2017’s previous low mark, set during Super Bowl weekend back in February when the third frame of “Split” led with $14.4 million.

In second place, “Annabelle: Creation” is tracking for a similarly effective weekend at a mere $8 million for its third frame. The fourth film in the “Conjuring Universe” made about $2.5 million from 3,565 theaters on Friday.

The weekend’s major new entry, “Leap!” from The Weinstein Company, rounds out the top 3. The animation starring Elle Fanning, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Maddie Ziegler leaped to just over $1.5 million from 2,575 locations on Friday. That number will translate to a $5 million opening weekend for the film, originally released in French under the title “Ballerina” in late 2016.

“Logan Lucky” and “Wind River” are currently battling it out for fourth place. The familial heist comedy from Bleecker Street and the midwinter murder mystery from TWC both made between $1-$1.5 million on Friday from 3,031 and 2,095 screens, respectively. “Logan Lucky” will barely have the edge over “Wind River” with nearly identical $4 million weekends by end of day Sunday.

Some Texas theaters are also closing due to Hurricane Harvey, with one studio exec calling the overall impact on the nation’s moviegoing business “minimal.” The Category 3 storm has already closed theaters in Corpus Christi, Texas City, Victoria, Lake Jackson, and Bay City.

“Dunkirk,” new entry “Birth of the Dragon,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Girls Trip,” and “The Emoji Movie” will finish out the rest of the top 10.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Demi Moore Corporate Animals

    Demi Moore Teases Upcoming Memoir 'Inside Out,' Talks 'Corporate Animals' Team Bonding

    As Demi Moore gears up for the Sept. 24 release of her autobiography “Inside Out,” the actress says she feels like a weight has been lifted. “Even the stuff that I may have been nervous about is completely lifting…because it’s a process,” Moore told Variety at the premiere of her upcoming film “Corporate Animals” at [...]

  • Bloodline

    Film Review: 'Bloodline'

    The manic, filter-free, all-id persona Seann William Scott embodied in the roles that first brought him to attention nearly a couple decades ago — notably teen comedies “Road Trip,” “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and the “American Pie” series — did something inspired with a familiar type. The alpha frat-bro character is usually a villain, or [...]

  • Jack Gilardi, Longtime ICM Partners Agent,

    Jack Gilardi, Longtime ICM Partners Agent, Dies at 88

    Jack Gilardi, a longtime ICM Partners agent who represented such stars as Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Jerry Lewis, Charlton Heston and Shirley MacLaine, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88. Gilardi was known for his gentlemanly style, love of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his skill at representing top actors. He [...]

  • Depeche Mode - Dave GahanLes Vieilles

    Depeche Mode Documentary Gets One-Night Theatrical Release

    Depeche Mode has reunited with the group’s long-time filmographer, Anton Corbjn, for a combination documentary/concert film, “Spirits in the Forest,” which Trafalgar Releasing has announced it will put on approximately 2400 screens worldwide for one night Nov. 21. The film documents performance footage from the Berlin dates of Depeche Mode’s 115-gig Global Spirit Tour of [...]

  • Promare

    Film Review: 'Promare'

    Anime maniacs have been waiting for this day: Eight years ago, Hiroyuki Imaishi co-founded Studio Trigger with the goal of one day hatching a feature as wild and innovative as his TV series “Gurren Lagann” and “Kill la Kill.” Now he has. Every bit as loud and ambitious as one might expect from a visual [...]

  • Paul Dano

    Paul Dano in Talks to Join Jane Campion's 'The Power of the Dog' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paul Dano is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Netflix and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.” Netflix acquired the film earlier this summer from See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm Cross City Films. Variety first reported on the project earlier this month and Cross City Films launched sales at the Cannes Film Festival. [...]

  • The Sleepwalkers

    Toronto Film Review: 'The Sleepwalkers'

    Argentine writer-director Paula Hernández likes to explore what happens when characters from different worlds are thrown together. In her latest, “The Sleepwalkers,” which world-premiered in Toronto’s Platform competition before moving on to San Sebastian, the focus is on a discontented mother and her sullen, newly pubescent teen daughter, as they spend a New Year’s holiday [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content