The North American box office continued to tumble this past weekend as no new releases failed to make a mark and the summer movie season came to a close. The combined collection for all the movies in the top ten for the Labor Day weekend resulted in a meagre $47.6 million, which is the worst total since the $44.7 million of the year 2000. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” grossed an estimated $10.3M over the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the holiday frame which was almost identical to last weekend’s take. This was the third weekend on top for the Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds-fronted action-comedy which boosted its total to a sturdy $54.9 million.
The horror hit “Annabelle: Creation” took the second spot for the third week in a row as well, earning $7.3 million and taking its total to $89 million and passing the $84.3 million grand total of its 2014 predecessor. The four film-old “Conjuring” universe has now passed an eye-popping $1.15 billion worldwide with the average budget for each movie not passing $2 million.
What has been the most surprising aspect of the last few weeks of slow box office receipts is the ascension of the Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner-fronted thriller “Wind River”. The mystery that began its platform run somewhere at the bottom of the chart three weeks ago has been making encouraging strides ever since and now sits at the third spot with a $18.3 million total including $5.9 million for the past weekend.
The rest of the top five was comprised on animated “Leap!” which ended up adding $4.9 million to its meager $11.4 million and “Logan Lucky”, the Steven Soderbergh comeback that made $4.4 million and has amassed $21.5 million to date.
With the summer of 2017 coming to a close, the top-grossing films of North America all happen to be comic book movies – “Wonder Woman” at $408.9 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $389.7 million, and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at $323 million. Globally however, the top three Hollywood giants are “Despicable Me 3” at $994 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $862 million, and lastly “Wonder Woman” topping off at $812.6 million.