Weekend Actuals: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shoots for First with $20M+ Debut

Monday Update: The full table of weekend actuals is below, after our Sunday update featuring fuller numbers and analysis.


Sunday Update: Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard was No. 1 with a bullet this weekend, grossing $21.6 million in its opening frame – significantly above what our forecast predicted.

The buddy action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson benefitted from the drawing power of its two stars, despite garnering a less-than-impressive 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its weekend total puts it far ahead of last year’s similar War Dogs, which grossed $14.3 million in its opening frame.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard had the advantage of weak competition in the marketplace, as summer winds to a close and the season’s tentpole releases fade away. Audiences also liked the film much better than the critics did, finishing with a B+ Cinemascore.

Starting in third place was Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky, whose starry cast couldn’t stop it from opening to a soft $8 million in 3,031 locations.

Awareness for the film may have suffered from Soderbergh’s unorthodox distribution strategy, which saw him skirting the major studios in order to retain creative control of the film’s marketing (and a higher percentage of the gross). It secured its theatrical release through indie distributor Bleecker Street.

Starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as brothers attempting a heist during a NASCAR race, Logan Lucky finished with a strong 93% average on Rotten Tomatoes but simply wasn’t able to pick up steam with audiences. The film’s disappointing start will inevitably raise questions about Soderbergh’s renegade distribution strategy.

Last weekend’s champ, Warner Bros.’ Annabelle: Creation, held up well in its sophomore frame with $15.5 million, good enough for a second place finish. The prequel to 2014’s Annabelle (and latest entry in the “Conjuring universe”) has brought in over $64 million so far and may well top its predecessor’s $84 million total when all is said and done.

The studio’s Dunkirk also continued to hold well in its fifth frame, dropping just 38% for a total of $6.7 million in fourth place. Positive reviews and director Christopher Nolan’s ardent fanbase have kept the title strong over the last half of the summer, and it now stands at a domestic total of $165 million.

Among holdovers, Open Road’s critically-assailed animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature brought in $5.1 million in fifth place, giving it a little over $17 million in two weeks with not much left in the tank.

Meanwhile, period drama The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson grossed around $2.5 million in its second week for a $9.7 million total.

In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s Sundance drama Patti Cake$ starring newcomer Danielle McDonald as an aspiring rapper had a so-so start with $66,000 from 14 locations, or about $4,700 per screen. The Aubrey Plaza dark comedy Ingrid Goes West did well in its sophomore expansion, grossing over $265,000 in 26 theaters, or about $10,000 per screen.

Overseas update:

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman soared past the $800 million mark globally over the weekend, putting it in line with previous DC Extended Universe entries Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Unlike its franchise predecessors, which relied much more on overseas grosses, Wonder Woman’s total is so far about evenly split between domestic and international markets.


Weekend Actuals for Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $21,384,504 3,377 $6,332 $21,384,504 1 Lionsgate / Summit
2 Annabelle: Creation $15,612,680 -55% 3,542 40 $4,408 $64,156,901 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 Logan Lucky $7,600,036 3,031 $2,507 $7,600,036 1 Bleeker Street
4 Dunkirk $6,614,385 -39% 3,271 -491 $2,022 $165,422,464 5 Warner Bros.
5 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature $5,092,344 -39% 4,003 0 $1,272 $17,675,989 2 Open Road
6 The Emoji Movie $4,441,028 -31% 2,791 -428 $1,591 $71,858,380 4 Sony / Columbia
7 Spider-Man: Homecoming $4,256,367 -29% 2,341 -266 $1,818 $314,057,748 7 Sony / Columbia
8 Girls Trip $3,911,300 -40% 2,010 -293 $1,946 $104,053,445 5 Universal
9 The Dark Tower $3,788,669 -52% 3,143 -308 $1,205 $41,673,047 3 Sony / Columbia
10 Kidnap $2,961,475 -42% 2,345 -73 $1,263 $24,527,158 3 Aviron Pictures
11 The Glass Castle $2,549,459 -46% 1,461 0 $1,745 $9,705,840 2 LionsgateLionsgate
12 Atomic Blonde $2,179,190 -51% 1,628 -465 $1,339 $47,158,045 4 Focus Features
13 Despicable Me 3 $2,073,810 -34% 1,551 -462 $1,337 $251,774,330 8 Universal
14 War for the Planet of the Apes $2,010,898 -44% 1,608 -490 $1,251 $140,958,101 6 Fox
15 Detroit $856,766 -70% 1,428 -1579 $600 $15,525,229 4 Annapurna Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Wind River $2,975,732 386% 694 649 $4,288 $4,089,001 3 The Weinstein Company
2 Wonder Woman $1,092,338 -25% 803 -158 $1,360 $404,000,714 12 Warner Bros.
3 The Big Sick $1,001,010 -32% 618 -91 $1,620 $38,066,440 9 Lionsgate
4 Baby Driver $856,054 -41% 683 -182 $1,253 $101,689,495 8 Sony / TriStar
5 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $397,019 -56% 465 -412 $854 $39,227,747 5 EuropaCorp/STXfilms
6 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power $331,007 -59% 514 -42 $644 $3,024,656 4 Paramount
7 Cars 3 $249,148 -25% 247 -61 $1,009 $148,772,915 10 Disney
8 Step $206,195 306 121 $674 $810,448 3 Fox Searchlight
9 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $187,598 -27% 195 -15 $962 $389,194,993 16 Disney
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $185,109 67% 184 59 $1,006 $171,812,041 13 Disney
11 Transformers: The Last Knight $175,779 -34% 224 -31 $785 $130,104,634 9 Paramount
12 Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry $169,203 292 $579 $519,461 1 FUNimation Films
13 47 Meters Down $166,323 11% 146 -27 $1,139 $43,600,388 10 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14 Brigsby Bear $142,218 178% 408 371 $349 $337,985 4 Sony Pictures Classics
15 Maudie $110,320 -33% 124 -39 $890 $5,624,698 10 Sony Pictures Classics
16 Captain Underpants $93,118 -36% 157 -21 $593 $73,339,459 12 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17 The House (2017) $88,313 -32% 138 -10 $640 $25,469,904 8 Warner Bros. / New Line
18 The Boss Baby $17,569 -33% 109 22 $161 $174,920,381 21 Fox / DreamWorks Animation

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Ingrid Goes West $267,385 98% 26 23 $10,284 $440,503 2 Neon
2 A Taxi Driver $256,789 -23% 41 0 $6,263 $833,339 2 Well Go USA
3 Menashe $216,010 25% 86 39 $2,512 $701,192 4 A24
4 Wolf Warrior 2 $193,787 -53% 50 -2 $3,876 $2,337,650 4 The H Collective
5 Good Time $165,441 32% 20 16 $8,272 $341,404 2 A24
6 The Only Living Boy In New York $86,022 58% 66 51 $1,303 $163,145 2 Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
7 The Adventurers $68,614 17 $4,036 $68,614 1 Well Go USA
8 Patti Cake$ $67,599 14 $4,829 $67,599 1 Fox Searchlight
9 The Trip to Spain $64,414 58% 19 16 $3,390 $123,008 2 IFC Films
10 Once Upon A Time $57,746 -77% 44 -7 $1,312 $415,648 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
11 Landline $46,707 -64% 63 -74 $741 $857,581 5 Magnolia Pictures
12 Columbus $42,518 -5% 12 5 $3,543 $150,829 3 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
13 Megan Leavey $40,761 -4% 59 -16 $691 $13,113,857 11 Bleeker Street
14 The Midwife $39,540 -24% 39 -4 $1,014 $402,918 5 Music Box Films
15 Lady Macbeth $36,213 -56% 86 -33 $421 $1,007,759 6 Roadside Attractions
16 Rough Night $33,379 -2% 77 -108 $433 $22,062,200 10 Sony
17 The Little Hours $33,290 -44% 39 -21 $854 $1,509,962 8 Gunpowder & Sky
18 Wish Upon $33,106 -59% 44 -71 $752 $14,053,908 6 Broad Green Pictures
19 Crown Heights $30,173 3 $10,058 $30,173 1 IFC Films
20 Gook $27,044 2 $13,522 $27,044 1 Samuel Goldwyn Films
21 Whose Streets? $25,331 -42% 27 3 $938 $91,446 2 Magnolia Pictures
22 A Ghost Story $23,059 -45% 39 -18 $591 $1,513,209 7 A24
23 Marjorie Prime $20,668 6 $3,445 $20,668 1 FilmRise Releasing
24 Beatriz at Dinner $16,614 -51% 25 -16 $665 $7,014,280 11 Roadside Attractions
25 Lost in Paris $16,237 -52% 18 -7 $902 $507,515 10 Oscilloscope Laboratories
26 The Hero $15,264 -32% 38 -3 $402 $3,997,646 11 The Orchard
27 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! $7,536 -43% 10 -1 $754 $79,963 3 Purdie Distribution
28 Paris Can Wait $6,253 -34% 13 -3 $481 $5,598,731 15 Sony Pictures Classics
29 Sidemen: Long Road to Glory $6,120 1 $6,120 $6,120 1 Abramorama
30 Lemon $5,957 2 $2,979 $5,957 1 Magnolia
31 13 Minutes $5,733 -34% 17 -1 $337 $143,019 8 Sony Pictures Classics
32 The Nile Hilton Incident $5,633 -39% 2 0 $2,817 $20,235 2 Strand Releasing
33 Alien: Covenant $5,567 -53% 38 -7 $147 $74,242,280 14 Fox
34 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World $4,888 81% 6 3 $815 $75,406 4 Kino Lorber
35 Mubarakan $4,849 -81% 8 -14 $606 $757,057 4 Sony Pictures Releasing International
36 The Fencer $4,744 -18% 4 0 $1,186 $22,458 5 CFI Releasing
37 Love, Kennedy $4,707 -13% 10 -2 $471 $375,723 12 Purdie Distribution
38 Hare Krishna! $4,412 91% 3 2 $1,471 $77,950 10 Abramorama
39 From The Land Of The Moon $4,068 -43% 7 0 $581 $37,757 4 IFC Films
40 The Wound $2,920 1 $2,920 $19,737 1 Kino Lorber
41 Gifted $2,847 -64% 8 -7 $356 $24,799,765 20 Fox Searchlight
42 Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge $2,538 -34% 3 -4 $846 $124,911 8 Society Films
43 Person to Person $2,488 -20% 5 -4 $498 $43,328 4 Magnolia Pictures
44 Slack Bay $2,364 -17% 2 -1 $1,182 $104,349 18 Kino Lorber Films
45 It Comes At Night $2,104 -73% 3 -2 $701 $13,876,824 11 A24
46 The Exception $2,013 -6% 2 -2 $1,007 $704,018 12 A24
47 Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk $1,590 -65% 3 0 $530 $28,490 4 Abramorama
48 The Farthest $1,548 -78% 2 0 $774 $13,557 2 Abramorama
49 Pop Aye $1,398 12% 5 0 $280 $61,468 8 Kino Lorber
50 Dawson City: Frozen Time $1,324 -64% 4 -2 $331 $109,153 11 Kino Lorber Films
51 Stalker $1,225 -23% 1 0 $1,225 $258,443 16 Janus
52 City of Ghosts $1,197 19% 12 1 $100 $121,081 7 IFC Films / Amazon
53 I Am The Blues $921 -60% 3 1 $307 $23,319 6 Film Movement
54 False Confessions $594 -63% 2 -1 $297 $25,021 6 Big World Pictures
55 The Girl Without Hands $542 -56% 2 -2 $271 $12,196 5 GKIDS
56 Obit. $509 -23% 3 1 $170 $313,286 17 Kino Lorber
57 After Love $436 -46% 1 0 $436 $2,368 2 Distrib Films
58 The Untamed $428 -75% 1 -3 $428 $23,685 5 Strand Releasing
59 Moka $297 -59% 1 -1 $297 $118,138 10 Film Movement
60 Manifesto $272 -80% 1 0 $272 $161,101 15 FilmRise
61 Hidden Figures $250 -49% 1 0 $250 $169,376,484 35 Fox
62 The Ornithologist $81 -67% 1 -1 $81 $46,155 9 Strand Releasing
63 Hermia & Helena $27 1 $27 $40,344 13 Kino Lorber

Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Hitman’s Bodyguard $21,600,000 3,377 $6,396 $21,600,000 1 Lionsgate / Summit
2 Annabelle: Creation $15,500,000 -56% 3,542 40 $4,376 $64,044,221 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 Logan Lucky $8,050,182 3,031 $2,656 $8,050,182 1 Bleeker Street
4 Dunkirk $6,700,000 -38% 3,271 -491 $2,048 $165,508,079 5 Warner Bros.
5 The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature $5,113,278 -39% 4,003 0 $1,277 $17,696,923 2 Open Road
6 The Emoji Movie $4,350,000 -33% 2,791 -428 $1,559 $71,767,352 4 Sony / Columbia
7 Spider-Man: Homecoming $4,250,000 -29% 2,341 -266 $1,815 $314,051,381 7 Sony / Columbia
8 Girls Trip $3,844,030 -41% 2,010 -293 $1,912 $103,986,175 5 Universal
9 The Dark Tower $3,720,000 -52% 3,143 -308 $1,184 $41,604,378 3 Sony / Columbia
10 Kidnap $2,860,000 -44% 2,345 -73 $1,220 $2,860,000 3 Aviron Pictures
11 The Glass Castle $2,550,000 -45% 1,461 0 $1,745 $9,706,381 2 LionsgateLionsgate
12 Atomic Blonde $2,240,085 -50% 1,628 -465 $1,376 $47,218,940 4 Focus Features
13 Despicable Me 3 $2,039,710 -35% 1,551 -462 $1,315 $251,740,230 8 Universal
14 War for the Planet of the Apes $1,975,000 -45% 1,228 -870 $1,608 $140,922,203 6 Fox
15 Detroit $850,000 -71% 1,428 -1579 $595 $15,518,463 4 Annapurna Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Wind River $3,025,236 394% 694 649 $4,359 $4,138,505 3 The Weinstein Company
2 Wonder Woman $1,100,000 -24% 803 -158 $1,370 $404,008,376 12 Warner Bros.
3 The Big Sick $1,025,000 -30% 618 -91 $1,659 $38,090,430 9 Lionsgate
4 Baby Driver $875,000 -39% 683 -182 $1,281 $101,708,441 8 Sony / TriStar
5 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power $300,000 -63% 524 -32 $573 $2,993,649 4 Paramount
6 Cars 3 $267,000 -19% 247 -61 $1,081 $148,790,767 10 Disney
7 47 Meters Down $219,000 46% 146 -27 $1,500 $43,653,065 10 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
8 Step $205,000 306 121 $670 $809,253 3 Fox Searchlight
9 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $185,000 -28% 195 -15 $949 $389,192,395 16 Disney
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $183,000 65% 184 59 $995 $171,809,932 13 Disney
11 Transformers: The Last Knight $170,000 -36% 224 -31 $759 $130,098,855 9 Paramount
12 Maudie $124,451 -24% 124 -39 $1,004 $124,451 10 Sony Pictures Classics

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 A Taxi Driver $266,000 -20% 41 0 $6,488 $842,550 2 Well Go USA
2 Ingrid Goes West $265,567 96% 26 23 $10,214 $438,685 2 Neon
3 Menashe $230,130 33% 86 39 $2,676 $715,312 4 A24
4 Wolf Warrior 2 $204,000 -51% 50 -2 $4,080 $2,347,863 4 The H Collective
5 Good Time $173,044 38% 20 16 $8,652 $349,007 2 A24
6 Brigsby Bear $159,133 211% 48 11 $3,315 $159,133 4 Sony Pictures Classics
7 The Only Living Boy In New York $84,910 56% 66 51 $1,287 $162,033 2 Roadside Attractions / Amazon Studios
8 Patti Cake$ $66,000 14 $4,714 $66,000 1 Fox Searchlight
9 The Adventurers $65,000 17 $3,824 $65,000 1 Well Go USA
10 Lady Macbeth $47,630 -43% 86 -33 $554 $1,019,176 6 Roadside Attractions
11 Columbus $44,450 -1% 12 5 $3,704 $44,450 3 Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship
12 The Midwife $34,488 -34% 37 -6 $932 $34,488 5 Music Box Films
13 The Little Hours $33,290 -44% 39 -21 $854 $33,290 8 Gunpowder & Sky
14 A Ghost Story $27,846 -33% 39 -18 $714 $1,517,996 7 A24
15 Marjorie Prime $24,000 6 $4,000 $24,000 1 FilmRise Releasing
16 The Hero $17,631 -21% 39 -2 $452 $4,000,013 11 The Orchard
17 Lost in Paris $16,500 -51% 16 -9 $1,031 $507,778 10 Oscilloscope Laboratories
18 Dave Made a Maze $13,178 1 $13,178 $13,178 1 Gravitas Ventures
19 The Fencer $6,362 9% 4 0 $1,591 $24,076 5 CFI Releasing
Chris Eggertsen

4 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Austin August 20, 2017

    I was off by quite a bit. Hitman’s Bodyguard actually crossed the $20 million mark in three days. Now, it may fall quite a bit (-57%), but it may also take first prize next week as well.
    Word is that Logan Lucky was competing for the same audience as Hitman’s Bodyguard. If so, then the release date definitely should have been moved for fear of this kind of failure; a $25 million dollar film with an equivalent advertising budget, it has been sentenced to annihilation. I’m not exactly sure how much it will fall next week, but I expect that percentage to be lower than Hitman’s Bodyguard.
    Otherwise, even with those large aforementioned inaccuracies, I still correctly predicted that Annabelle: Creation would reach $15 million or over this weekend. It’s just that this was the last time its weekend gross is over $10 million.

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    Kimbo Slice August 20, 2017

    Yeah, it grossed more than I expected as well. I think it benefited from lack of strong competition. Nothing really seems appealing until IT debuts.

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      Austin August 21, 2017

      Yep. We may have expanding releases next weekend, but they won’t compensate for a lack of appealing, wide, new releases. Furthermore, it looks like that Labor Day weekend will be even worse: there will be no wide releases on that weekend.

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    Harrison August 21, 2017

    I think the domestic total for Kidnap is a mistake

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