Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Box office numbers crater to worst weekend since 2014

Box office numbers crater to worst weekend since 2014

Part of that was attributed to Saturday night's pay-per-view boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor.

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

Action-Buddy comedy film "The Hitman's Bodyguard" has reached the top spot at the box office weekend once again.

Coming in at No. 2 is "Annabelle: Creation" with $7.4 million, "Leap!" at No. 3 with $5 million, "Wind River" at No. 4 with $4.4 million and "Logan Lucky" at No. 5 with $4.4 million.

The entire slate of films grossed only about $65 million in North America and the top 12 films generated just $49.6 million. That was good for eighth place for the weekend as a whole (still ahead of the debut of Birth of the Dragon). Creation, like the rest of the Conjuring horror universe, was a pretty cheap film to make, on the order of $15 million, so you can expect Warner Bros. The Fathom Events simulcast of the fight was one of the more popular offerings in theaters, taking in $2.4 million from 481 screens. "Leap!" brought in an estimated $5 million in its box-office debut.

There have been lulls around this time in recent years. The revenue from this weekend is 44 percent lower than this time a year ago.

Variety suggested that Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend, had some effect, but USA Today said it had minimal impact on nationwide movie grosses. The Hitman's Bodyguard has now taken in $39.6 million domestically from a $30 million budget, although no global box office data has been released tat this time.

"Wind River", which expanded to almost 2100 screens, rises six spots to #4. Fingerprint/Bleecker Street's "Logan Lucky" completed the top five with $4.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its ten-day total to $14.8 million.

Fourth place went to "Wind River", another Weinstein production, at $4.4 million, improving on its 10th-place finish last week.

However, that figure could drop down to somewhere in the $9 million range when final figures are released.

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