Weekend Box Office Disaster: Films Make Less Than $65M

Tomas Mccoy
August 29, 2017

"Creation" may technically be leading the domestic box office at the moment, but this weekend is all about Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather - even at the movies.

It would be easy to blame Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor boxing match or the impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, but that lets the movies off the hook.

An already slow August came to a screeching halt at the multiplex, where no major new releases were unveiled.

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 only other newcomer beside Leap! in the top-10 is OTL's Birth of the Dragon, which grossed $2.5 million in eighth place.

But not since the aftermath of 9/11 in late September, 2001 have figures dropped quite so low.

Looking ahead to next weekend, the Labor Day weekend holiday will bring just one wide release, The Weinstein Company's Tulip Fever.

The newspaper said that Warner Bros. tried to take advantage of the lackluster movie season by re-releasing "Wonder Woman", one of the summer's biggest hits, and it made $1.7 million. It earned only $2.5 million. It earned a scant $5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"It's a black eye for Hollywood, but not a knock-out punch", Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, told USA Today.

That second recent King adaptation is the only near light on the horizon for theaters, which are struggling through the lowest-grossing summers in years. If Hollywood wants to take a weekend off from releasing new movies, then that's fine. This year, the summer movie season is definitely going out like a lamb, with last weekend's victor The Hitman's Bodyguard beating out three new movies and a heavily-promoted fight screening in select theaters across the country, to take the top spot with just $10 million. The film, starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia, took in $7.4 million, adding to its worldwide gross of more than $1 billion. "Logan Lucky" will barely have the edge over "Wind River" with almost identical $4 million weekends by end of day Sunday. In 2014, the first weekend in September made $66 million overall.

Down two places, "Logan Lucky" takes #5 with $4.4 million (cume now $15.0 million).

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