Weekend Actuals: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Creates $35.0M; Crowds Don’t Go Nuts for ‘Nut Job 2’ w/ $8.3M

Monday Update: Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle: Creation was the belle of the ball at the box office, earning an estimated $35.0 million opening weekend. Warner Bros. also took second place with Dunkirk still earning solid numbers after a month in theaters. And Open Road’s animated The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature didn’t do a great “job” with a third place start of $8.3 million, less than half its predecessor’s opening.

The full table of weekend actuals is at bottom, after our Sunday update with more numbers and analysis.


Sunday Update: Warner Bros.’ horror prequel Annabelle: Creation was the belle of the ball at the box office, earning an estimated $35.0 million opening weekend.

The fourth installment in the Conjuring / Annabelle horror franchise, Creation had the widest release by number of theaters, yet posted the lowest opening weekend among the four films. But not by much — the previous three films had all opened between $37 million and $41 million, and $35 million falls within that general range.

Plus this film opened in August, usually a lower-grossing month than the months in which the three previous installments were released: July, October, and June, respectively.

Creation earned a “B” CinemaScore from an audience that was 52 percent female and 54 percent older than age 25. It also posted a 68 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Will it beat the final total of the original Annabelle‘s $84.2 million? That film opened in early October, so its subsequent weeks after opening had the benefit of imminent Halloween anticipation, a timing that Creation can’t match.

Open Road’s animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature didn’t do a great “job,” starting in third place with an estimated $8.9 million.

That’s 54 percent below the opening of the original The Nut Job, a film which had the added disadvantage of opening in January. The sequel may have been hurt by poor word of mouth, including an 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lionsgate’s drama The Glass Castle started in ninth place with an estimated $4.8 million.

That was about in line with pre-release expectations, which were lowered in part by the film’s small theater count of only 1,461 theaters nationwide. Based on the bestselling 2005 novel by Jeanette Walls which spent 261 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the film adaptation was unable to capitalize on the popularity of the book.

Warner Bros.’ war drama Dunkirk held onto second place with an estimated $11.4 million, a 33 percent drop. Coming off its 35 percent decline the prior weekend, the film is holding very well, and might possibly even remain in the top 10 through September. With $153.7 million so far, the title may ultimately surpass $200 million, which few would have expected.

The top 10 films this weekend earned an estimated $96.5 million total. That’s 8.4 percent below the total earned by the top 10 last weekend. It’s also 55.6 percent below the total earned by the top 10 on this weekend last year, when Suicide Squad led with $133.6 million.

Year to date box office is running about 4.3 percent behind last year.

Overseas Update:

The overseas box office continues to be dominated by the Chinese release Wolf Warrior 2, which earned $84 million in its third week of release in China. It’s now earned a stunning $682 million to date in China and still rising, surpassing the likes of Titanic.

The film posted the second-best third weekend ever in China, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, it has so far barely made a dent at the U.S. box office, with $420 thousand this weekend and $1.9 million total.


Weekend Actuals for Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Annabelle: Creation $35,006,404 3,502 $9,996 $35,006,404 1 Warner Bros. / New Line
2 Dunkirk $10,884,117 -36% 3,762 -252 $2,893 $153,191,668 4 Warner Bros.
3 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature $8,342,311 4,003 $2,084 $8,342,311 1 Open Road
4 The Dark Tower $7,820,154 -59% 3,451 0 $2,266 $34,250,918 2 Sony / Columbia
5 Girls Trip $6,466,475 -43% 2,303 -279 $2,808 $97,139,980 4 Universal
6 The Emoji Movie $6,450,927 -46% 3,219 -856 $2,004 $63,437,874 3 Sony / Columbia
7 Spider-Man: Homecoming $6,022,637 -32% 2,607 -509 $2,310 $306,376,331 6 Sony / Columbia
8 Kidnap $5,096,823 -49% 2,418 40 $2,108 $19,266,106 2 Aviron Pictures
9 The Glass Castle $4,678,548 1,461 $3,202 $4,678,548 1 LionsgateLionsgate
10 Atomic Blonde $4,480,635 -45% 2,093 -1233 $2,141 $42,727,860 3 Focus Features
11 War for the Planet of the Apes $3,603,698 -42% 2,098 -606 $1,718 $137,232,191 5 Fox
12 Despicable Me 3 $3,129,420 -42% 2,013 -432 $1,555 $247,735,865 7 Universal
13 Detroit $2,888,794 -59% 3,007 0 $961 $13,300,258 3 Annapurna Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Big Sick $1,463,932 -32% 709 -296 $2,065 $36,407,780 8 Lionsgate
2 Wonder Woman $1,447,475 -37% 961 -346 $1,506 $402,175,560 11 Warner Bros.
3 Baby Driver $1,441,906 -44% 865 -559 $1,667 $100,033,833 7 Sony / TriStar
4 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $901,323 -62% 877 -918 $1,028 $38,359,317 4 EuropaCorp/STXfilms
5 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power $815,947 -15% 556 376 $1,468 $2,311,608 3 Paramount
6 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha $678,532 176 $3,855 $678,532 1 Reliance Pictures
7 Cars 3 $330,052 -39% 308 -169 $1,072 $148,324,248 9 Disney
8 Transformers: The Last Knight $264,575 -12% 255 -67 $1,038 $129,816,057 8 Paramount
9 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $257,117 -43% 210 -42 $1,224 $388,879,065 15 Disney
10 Maudie $163,450 -36% 163 -24 $1,003 $5,414,986 9 Sony Pictures Classics
11 47 Meters Down $149,881 -48% 173 -238 $866 $43,366,934 9 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12 Captain Underpants $145,805 -30% 178 -51 $819 $73,146,971 11 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13 The House (2017) $130,071 33% 148 24 $879 $25,319,339 7 Warner Bros. / New Line
14 Landline $130,001 -43% 137 -6 $949 $731,202 4 Magnolia Pictures
15 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $110,891 -39% 125 -42 $887 $171,563,981 12 Disney
16 Lady Macbeth $82,883 -50% 119 -13 $696 $923,995 5 Roadside Attractions
17 Wish Upon $81,060 -74% 115 -230 $705 $13,990,386 5 Broad Green Pictures
18 The Mummy $59,615 -57% 102 -44 $584 $80,072,590 10 Universal
19 Rough Night $33,932 -28% 185 158 $183 $22,008,534 9 Sony

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Wind River $612,683 279% 45 41 $13,615 $840,901 2 The Weinstein Company
2 Wolf Warrior 2 $413,510 -18% 52 20 $7,952 $1,926,837 3 The H Collective
3 A Taxi Driver $331,854 41 $8,094 $331,854 1 Well Go USA
4 Once Upon A Time $249,933 51 $4,901 $249,933 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
5 Menashe $172,514 123% 47 37 $3,671 $396,259 3 A24
6 Ingrid Goes West $135,301 3 $45,100 $135,301 1 Neon
7 Good Time $125,101 4 $31,275 $125,101 1 A24
8 The Little Hours $59,602 -13% 60 0 $993 $1,441,416 7 Gunpowder & Sky
9 The Only Living Boy In New York $54,458 15 $3,631 $54,458 1 Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
10 The Midwife $52,363 -37% 43 0 $1,218 $337,431 4 Music Box Films
11 Brigsby Bear $51,121 31% 37 22 $1,382 $168,177 3 Sony Pictures Classics
12 Columbus $44,860 67% 7 5 $6,409 $86,937 2 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
13 Whose Streets? $43,804 24 $1,825 $43,804 1 Magnolia Pictures
14 Megan Leavey $42,411 -42% 75 -21 $565 $13,050,700 10 Bleeker Street
15 A Ghost Story $41,744 -71% 57 -151 $732 $1,456,089 6 A24
16 Lost in Paris $33,951 -33% 25 -10 $1,358 $472,713 9 Oscilloscope Laboratories
17 Beatriz at Dinner $31,860 -26% 41 -3 $777 $6,992,367 10 Roadside Attractions
18 The Boss Baby $26,188 -56% 87 -33 $301 $174,880,623 20 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19 Mubarakan $25,702 -82% 22 -106 $1,168 $740,071 3 Sony Pictures Releasing International
20 The Hero $22,421 -28% 41 -12 $547 $3,965,661 10 The Orchard
21 The Women’s Balcony $17,345 16% 16 2 $1,084 $1,104,530 24 Menemsha Films
22 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! $13,212 -57% 11 4 $1,201 $58,853 2 Purdie Distribution
23 Alien: Covenant $11,757 -63% 45 -29 $261 $74,228,655 13 Fox
24 The Nile Hilton Incident $9,183 2 $4,592 $9,183 1 Strand Releasing
25 It Comes At Night $7,749 8% 5 -10 $1,550 $13,869,900 10 A24
26 The Farthest $6,900 2 $3,450 $6,900 1 Abramorama
27 The Fencer $5,812 4 $1,453 $15,146 4 CFI Releasing
28 Love, Kennedy $5,401 -30% 12 -2 $450 $364,326 11 Purdie Distribution
29 Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk $4,602 -34% 0 -2 $23,978 3 Abramorama
30 Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge $3,868 155% 4 0 $967 $121,064 7 Society Films
31 Dawson City: Frozen Time $3,678 -3% 6 1 $613 $104,644 10 Kino Lorber Films
32 Person to Person $3,105 -66% 9 -4 $345 $39,057 3 Magnolia Pictures
33 4 Days in France $3,028 -19% 2 1 $1,514 $8,925 2 Cinema Guild
34 Amnesia $2,943 1 $2,943 $8,016 4 Film Movement
35 Letters from Baghdad $2,878 1% 5 -2 $576 $307,176 11 Vitagraph Films
36 Slack Bay $2,853 -41% 3 -1 $951 $99,920 17 Kino Lorber Films
37 Machines $2,838 1 $2,838 $4,530 1 Kino Lober Films
38 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World $2,703 -62% 3 1 $901 $63,109 3 Kino Lorber
39 Hare Krishna! $2,312 -62% 1 -1 $2,312 $71,810 9 Abramorama
40 I Am The Blues $2,285 2947% 2 1 $1,143 $21,125 5 Film Movement
41 The Exception $2,148 -51% 4 -1 $537 $700,221 11 A24
42 Churchill $2,127 -55% 4 0 $532 $1,279,681 11 Cohen Media Group
43 In Pursuit of Silence $1,873 1 $1,873 $17,127 8 Cinema Guild
44 The Untamed $1,723 -69% 4 -4 $431 $22,038 4 Strand Releasing
45 False Confessions $1,600 3 $533 $23,236 5 Big World Pictures
46 Stalker $1,581 -8% 1 0 $1,581 $254,635 15 Janus
47 Manifesto $1,331 1 $1,331 $160,101 14 FilmRise
48 Pop Aye $1,253 -64% 5 0 $251 $59,479 7 Kino Lorber
49 The Girl Without Hands $1,233 -1% 4 0 $308 $10,016 4 GKIDS
50 My Journey Through French Cinema $778 2% 2 0 $389 $52,058 8 Cohen Media Group
51 Moka $730 -75% 2 0 $365 $117,576 9 Film Movement
52 Obit. $665 19% 2 0 $333 $312,324 16 Kino Lorber
53 Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan $618 1 $618 $147,780 12 Abramorama
54 Afterimage $372 1 $372 $30,066 13 Film Movement
55 The Ornithologist $243 -78% 2 -3 $122 $45,848 8 Strand Releasing
56 L’Important C’est D’Aimer (2017 re-release) $213 -59% 1 0 $213 $16,410 5 Rialto Pictures
57 Harmonium $126 1 $126 $16,413 9 Film Movement

Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Annabelle: Creation $35,040,000 3,502 $10,006 $35,040,000 1 Warner Bros. / New Line
2 Dunkirk $11,405,000 -33% 3,762 -252 $3,032 $153,712,551 4 Warner Bros.
3 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature $8,934,748 4,003 $2,232 $8,934,748 1 Open Road
4 The Dark Tower $7,875,000 -59% 3,451 0 $2,282 $34,305,764 2 Sony / Columbia
5 Girls Trip $6,520,500 -43% 2,303 -279 $2,831 $97,194,005 4 Universal
6 Spider-Man: Homecoming $6,100,000 -31% 2,607 -509 $2,340 $306,453,694 6 Sony / Columbia
7 The Emoji Movie $6,000,000 -50% 3,219 -856 $1,864 $62,986,947 3 Sony / Columbia
8 Kidnap $5,225,000 -48% 2,418 40 $2,161 $19,394,283 2 Aviron Pictures
9 The Glass Castle $4,875,000 1,461 $3,337 $4,875,000 1 LionsgateLionsgate
10 Atomic Blonde $4,572,350 -44% 2,093 -1233 $2,185 $42,819,575 3 Focus Features
11 War for the Planet of the Apes $3,700,000 -40% 2,098 -606 $1,764 $137,328,493 5 Fox
12 Despicable Me 3 $3,061,210 -44% 2,013 -432 $1,521 $247,667,655 7 Universal
13 Detroit $3,010,000 -58% 3,007 0 $1,001 $13,421,464 3 Annapurna Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Big Sick $1,525,000 -29% 709 -296 $2,151 $1,525,000 8 Lionsgate
2 Baby Driver $1,475,000 -43% 865 -559 $1,705 $100,066,927 7 Sony / TriStar
3 Wonder Woman $1,473,000 -36% 961 -346 $1,533 $402,201,085 11 Warner Bros.
4 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $890,000 -63% 785 -1010 $1,134 $38,347,994 4 EuropaCorp/STXfilms
5 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power $800,000 -17% 556 376 $1,439 $2,295,661 3 Paramount
6 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha $709,420 177 $4,008 $709,420 1 Reliance Pictures
7 Cars 3 $369,000 -32% 308 -169 $1,198 $148,363,196 9 Disney
8 Step $278,000 90% 185 156 $1,503 $478,366 2 Fox Searchlight
9 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $262,000 -42% 210 -42 $1,248 $388,883,948 15 Disney
10 Transformers: The Last Knight $250,000 -17% 255 -67 $980 $129,801,483 8 Paramount
11 Maudie $172,655 -32% 163 -24 $1,059 $5,424,191 9 Sony Pictures Classics
12 47 Meters Down $140,000 -52% 173 -238 $809 $43,357,053 9 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
13 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $116,000 -36% 125 -42 $928 $171,569,090 12 Disney
14 Lady Macbeth $91,585 -45% 119 -13 $770 $932,697 5 Roadside Attractions

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Wind River $642,067 297% 45 41 $14,268 $870,285 2 The Weinstein Company
2 Wolf Warrior 2 $420,000 -17% 52 20 $8,077 $1,933,327 3 The H Collective
3 A Taxi Driver $332,000 41 $8,098 $332,000 1 Well Go USA
4 Once Upon A Time $256,500 51 $5,029 $256,500 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
5 Menashe $197,963 156% 47 37 $4,212 $421,708 3 A24
6 Good Time $137,625 4 $34,406 $137,625 1 A24
7 The Little Hours $61,165 -10% 60 0 $1,019 $1,442,979 7 Gunpowder & Sky
8 The Only Living Boy In New York $57,619 15 $3,841 $57,619 1 Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
9 Brigsby Bear $55,621 43% 37 22 $1,503 $172,677 3 Sony Pictures Classics
10 A Ghost Story $49,415 -66% 57 -151 $867 $1,463,761 6 A24
11 The Midwife $48,500 -42% 40 -3 $1,213 $333,568 4 Music Box Films
12 The Trip to Spain $45,306 3 $15,102 $45,306 1 IFC Films
13 Columbus $44,460 66% 7 5 $6,351 $86,537 2 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
14 Megan Leavey $40,436 -45% 75 -21 $539 $13,048,725 10 Bleeker Street
15 Lost in Paris $33,000 -35% 23 -12 $1,435 $471,762 9 Oscilloscope Laboratories
16 Beatriz at Dinner $25,500 -41% 40 -4 $638 $6,980,180 10 Roadside Attractions
17 The Hero $24,769 -20% 42 -11 $590 $3,968,009 10 The Orchard
18 City of Ghosts $10,230 153% 11 -2 $930 $127,468 6 IFC Films / Amazon
19 Churchill $2,127 -55% 4 0 $532 $1,279,681 11 Cohen Media Group
20 Manifesto $1,100 1 $1,100 $159,870 14 FilmRise
21 My Journey Through French Cinema $778 2% 2 0 $389 $52,058 8 Cohen Media Group
Jesse Rifkin

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    Austin August 14, 2017

    Wow! Detroit didn’t hold at all! It is definitely a flop alongside The Dark Tower (which dropped as expected).
    Meanwhile, I still need to wait for actuals this afternoon to confirm that Baby Driver indeed crossed $100 million on Sunday.
    Otherwise, Annabelle: Creation and Kidnap performed better than I expected and Girls Trip, even with steeper drops perhaps due to competition with Kidnap, most likely will finish somewhere above $110 million. Nut Job 2 and Glass Castle found openings that I expected: less than $10 million and $5 million respectively. I’m not sure how well Nut Job 2 will hold (maybe -46%), but Glass Castle may find great holds to amass a total US gross of nearly $20 million. Annabelle could drop 54% or more; that Cinemascore and lukewarm reviews are not very promising to its future. Annabelle may lose top spot to either Lucky Logan or Hitman’s Bodyguard, or it may have a very close call provided it doesn’t drop more than 55%.
    The Big Sick is catching up to Valerian and in a few weeks time, it could pass Valerian at the US BO.

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      Austin August 15, 2017

      Edit: I keep messing up the movie’s title. It should be Logan Lucky, not the other way around.

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