With no new wide releases, Hollywood basically took the Labor Day weekend off.

This holiday is expected to be the lowest-earning summer movie going season since 2006 – the last time the industry saw a sub-$4 billion summer. The numbers may even be as low as the box office for 1998, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Things weren’t as apocalyptic as analysts suggested going into the weekend, which had the potential to be the worst since 1992, but that’s hardly cause for celebration. 

Tops: Samuel L Jackson, left, and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard which was the top film in the US on Labor Day weekend

Tops: Samuel L Jackson, left, and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman’s Bodyguard which was the top film in the US on Labor Day weekend

 Not massive: According to studio estimates on Sunday, the R-rated actioner The Hitman's Bodyguard topped the charts for a third weekend with $10.3 million

 Not massive: According to studio estimates on Sunday, the R-rated actioner The Hitman’s Bodyguard topped the charts for a third weekend with $10.3 million

While official numbers for the four-day weekend won’t be available until Tuesday, studio estimates and projections expect that in total this Labor Day weekend will be the lowest earning since 1998.

‘There’s no sugar coating the fact that this was a very slow labor day weekend,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore.

‘This was a fitting end to a rough summer.’

Second: In second place was the horror spinoff Annabelle: Creation,"from Warner Bros., which added $7.3 million, bumping its domestic total to $89 million 

Second: In second place was the horror spinoff Annabelle: Creation,”from Warner Bros., which added $7.3 million, bumping its domestic total to $89 million 

Some did make it out to the multiplexes over the holiday weekend, though. 

According to studio estimates on Sunday, the R-rated actioner The Hitman’s Bodyguard topped the charts for a third weekend with $10.3 million. The Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds picture has earned a total of $54.9 million from North American theaters.

In second place was the horror spinoff Annabelle: Creation,”from Warner Bros., which added $7.3 million, bumping its domestic total to $89 million.

The big name here: Anthony LaPaglia in a scene from Annabelle: Creation

The big name here: Anthony LaPaglia in a scene from Annabelle: Creation

The Weinstein Company took spots three and four, with the crime drama Wind River in third with $5.9 million, and the animated family film Leap! in fourth with $4.9 million.

However the company’s new opener, the long-delayed period romance Tulip Fever, wilted on release. Playing in 765 locations, the R-rated drama starring Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan, earned only $1.2 million.

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky rounded out the top five with $4.4 million.

Audiences did have a few unconventional options to choose from this weekend.

TOP 10 MOVIES IN US 

 1. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” $10.3 million ($14.2 million international).

2. “Annabelle: Creation,” $7.3 million ($15.6 million international).

3. “Wind River,” $5.9 million ($850,000 international).

4. “Leap!” $4.9 million.

5. “Logan Lucky,” $4.4 million ($1.3 million international).

6. “Dunkirk,” $4.1 million ($36.5 million international).

7. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” $3.7 million ($1.6 million international).

8. “The Emoji Movie,” $2.5 million ($6.8 million international).

9. “Despicable Me 3,” $2.4 million ($9.9 million international).

10. “Girls Trip,” $2.3 million ($1.9 million international).

 

They included a 40th anniversary re-release of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind and an IMAX-only run of the pilot episode of Marvel’s Inhumans. Neither made a significant splash, though.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind earned $1.8 million from 901 locations, while Inhumans took in $1.5 million from 393 North American IMAX screens in advance of its Sept. 29 premiere on ABC.

Still, Dergarbedian notes that both smartly took advantage of a quiet weekend and added money to the bottom line.

And as Hollywood looks to forget the dismal summer of 2017, which will likely cap out with just over $3.8 billion, there is a bright spot on the horizon in the form of a red balloon and a homicidal clown as “It” prepares to break records when it hits theaters next weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

 

 





Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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