'The Hitman's Bodyguard' tops the North American box office with $10M

Erica Roy
August 29, 2017

The top nine movies combined (not counting the Mayweather fight) for $42.8 million at the box office. Another factor was the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, which dominated the cultural conversation all week and drew many people away from the cinemas and to the sports bars on Saturday night.

Coming in at the top of the list was Samuel L. Jackson-Ryan Reynolds comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard, which earned $10 million during its second weekend.

The final calculations are still being crunched, but the total revenue ― now estimated at $65 million ― is the lowest for a single weekend since at least 2014.

Third place went to the debuting animated attraction, Leap! which opened to a $5 million take.

Leap and Birth of the Dragon weren't the only disappointing new wide releases this weekend.

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In second place, Warner Bros. The movie suffered from poor reviews, with just 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, earning just $1,948 per-screen average from 2,575 theaters.

"Creation" for the second week in a row to take the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend, according to estimated figures released Sunday.

There have been lulls around this time in recent years. "Make no mistake about it, there was little foot traffic in theaters this weekend, but the story line will change in two weeks when "It" opens". The Hitman's Bodyguard has now taken in $39.6 million domestically from a $30 million budget, although no worldwide box office data has been released tat this time. "Wind River" was fourth with $4.4 million, and "Logan Lucky" was fifth with $4.3 million.

One of the few bright spots on the weekend was the expansion of the Weinstein Co.'s "Wind River", Taylor Sheridan's thriller set on an Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

This is also a 45 percent drop from the same weekend past year that has contributed to a 14 percent overall drop in summer revenue compared to 2016. In 2014, the first weekend in September made $66 million overall.

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