This weekend at the Labor Day US box-office another unwanted summer record was broken. It was the lowest grossing weekend since that most futuristic of years, 2000, when Keanu Reeves thriller, The Watcher topped the chart with a meagre $7.5m, and Scary Movie was in the eleventh week of its run.
On the positive side of things, this meant that percentage drops were also quite low. Benefitting from this was reigning champ, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which held the top sport for the third week in a row with $10.25m, joining Split and Fast 8 as the only films to achieve that in 2017.
Annabelle: Creation squeezed the last of its scares out of the movie going public before the highly anticipated IT arrives next week. Generating $7.3 million, to creep towards the $90m mark, it’s enough to make a smile appear on the perm fixed porcelain face of the possessed doll.
The Hawkeye/Scarlett Witch reunion movie, aka Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen thriller Wind River, added to its theatre count and increased its tally to $18.3m. Just in front of another Weinstein Studio offering, Leap, which did just that by outperforming its minuscule debut weekend by 3%.
Also improving, and pushing its total up to $23m was Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, with $4.4m for the three-day-weekend. It’s good to see it hanging around after an inauspicious debut.
The rest of the chart is made up of stragglers and summer hangovers, but it’s worth noting the performance of the 4K restoration of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which outdid the recent terminator re-issue with a take of $1.8m before adjustments, and the IMAX debut of Marvel’s Inhumans, which is getting a limited released before landing in our front rooms at the end of the month. From 393 IMAX screens it generated $1.5m.
Statistics courtesy of Boxofficemojo