Annabelle: Creation Scares Up $35 Million At The Box Office

The summer is officially over. With The Dark Tower now out, the big blockbusters are all but done for the next few months. Here’s where we usually enter the lull of the season, interspersed with horror films and the occasional Oscar contender (before the true contenders roll along November and December). This weekend saw the release of horror film Annabelle: Creation, animated film The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, and the limited release of the drama flick The Glass Castle.

Taking the number one spot is Annabelle: Creation, with $35 million. While this may be a couple million short of the original Annabelle’s $37 million, it’s a haul that more than eclipses its $15 million budget. Take into account the worldwide haul (so far) of $71.7 million, and you have another big success. We can’t forget the bad taste that the first Annabelle left in audience’s mouths, and as such, it makes sense that this second one would take a minor hit. That being said, Annabelle: Creation is a movie that’s been much better received by critics and fans than the first one, and as such, could have much greater staying power in weeks to come.

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In a distant second is Dunkirk with $11.4 million. With this being the fourth weekend for the movie, it’s not a bad haul. This brings its grand total to $363.7 million, meaning that the film is either nearing $100 million profit, or has already surpassed it, which is a great sign, considering the source material.

Taking third with an abysmal $8.9 million is The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, the sequel to the 2014 film. With a supposed budget of around $40 million (per The Numbers), it’d likely need around $100 million or so to break even (taking into account the marketing costs and theater cut). This opening doesn’t do much for the movie, and we’d be surprised if it managed to make back its money — especially since it faced no real competition other than the critically maligned Emoji Movie, which is in its third weekend. Not sure this would surprise anyone, but a Nut Job 3 is likely not in the cards after an opening like this (which is less than half of the first one).

The Dark Tower dropped down to fourth place with $7.9 million, proving that audiences have little tolerance for subpar big blockbusters these days. With the likes of Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 filling theaters, there are already a lot of choices for fun blockbusters that are actually good.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 13, are below.

Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $35.0M
Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $11.4M
Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature – Open Road – $8.9M
Dark Tower, The – Sony – $7.9M
Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $6.6M
Girls Trip – Universal – $6.5M
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $6.1M
Kidnap – Aviron Pictures – $5.2M
Glass Castle, The – Lionsgate – $4.9M
Atomic Blonde – Focus Features – $4.6M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 13, are below.

Wolf Warrior 2 – Multiple – $84.0M
Annabelle: Creation – Warner Bros. – $70.0M
Dunkirk – Warner Bros. – $25.9M
Guilty of Mind – Multiple – $23.6M
Adventurers, The – Multiple – $22.3M
War for the Planet of the Apes – 20th Century Fox – $20.8M
Emoji Movie, The – Sony – $20.7M
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Sony – $18.5M
Despicable Me 3 – Universal – $18.1M
Dark Tower, The – Sony – $15.8M

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SOURCES: Box Office Mojo, comScoreThe Numbers

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