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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The past month or so has been pretty rough at the box office. That’s no secret, and has been widely reported. A few weeks back, we had the worst box office haul since 2001, and this past weekend went on to outdo that title. As it turns out, last weekend was the worst Labor Day weekend since 1999. Ouch.

And it’s no wonder, as there were no wide releases to hit. All we got was a limited rerelease of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and limited releases of Tulip Fever, Do It Like an Hombre, and Marvel’s Inhumans in IMAX.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard made out like a bandit with $10.3 million. It’s nearly doubled its production budget (despite its negative reviews and reception), and this weekend, it only dropped .7 percent from last weekend, reenforcing the fact that there are currently slim pickings in theaters.

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Annabelle: Creation is also continuing its dominance with $7.3 million in its fourth weekend. Its domestic box office has officially surpassed its predecessor, and it’s only a few million away from doing so on the worldwide front as well. Given its $15 million budget, we have to say, it’s more than justified its existence, especially since it turned out to be such a step up from the first film.

In third plays is Taylor Sheridan’s “modern western trilogy” (which began with Sicario and continued with Hell or High Water) ender Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. The film has been climbing in its theater count for five weeks now, and has recently just made back its budget. While not a gangbuster performance, when all said and done, it’ll likely be a profitable film for the studio.

Interestingly enough, this weekend was so dead that underperformers like Leap! and Logan Lucky have managed to increase their box office performance from last weekend, a sure sign that there isn’t a lot of new stuff to get excited about the box office.

Finally, one last thing worth bringing up is that Wonder Woman is still sticking around the top 12 domestically with $1.9 million — despite being out on Digital right now! Now that’s staying power.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 03, are below.

  1. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Lionsgate – $10.2M
  2. Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $7.3M
  3. Wind River – The Weinstein Company – $5.9M
  4. Leap! – The Weinstein Company – $4.9M
  5. Logan Lucky – Bleecker Street – $4.4M
  6. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $4.1M
  7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $3.7M
  8. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $2.5M
  9. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $2.4M
  10. Girls Trip – Universal – $2.3M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 03, are below.

  1. Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $40.6M
  2. Hitman’s Bodyguard, The – Multiple – $24.5M
  3. Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $22.9M
  4. Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $12.3M
  5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – STX – $11.3M
  6. Cars 3 – Disney – $10.3M
  7. Silver Soul (Gintama) – N/A – $9.5M
  8. Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $9.3M
  9. American Made – Universal – $9.1M
  10. Wolf Warrior 2 – WGUI – $8.7M

What did you think of this past weekend at the box office? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Mojo, comScore

  • syambo87

    i think what’s happening probably is everyone is having screen fatigue… You go to work you’re looking at a computer screen… on the road or during break… the phone screen… at home… the television screen…

    then when there’s a long holiday break… families get together… should we go watch the BIG Screen?

    i think the box office shows to tell… it was an almost Unanimous NO…

    i think people just went out… have lunch at a diner… sleep… feel the sun… it was such a lovely weekend to go out to the mall… watch the kids ride their bikes…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.