‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Laughs its Way to Top of the Box Office

The Hitman’s Bodyguard” easily won the weekend box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

The Samuel L. Jackson/Ryan Reynolds action comedy made $21.6 million in its opening. With an estimated budget of $29 million, this marks a decent beginning. The current numbers only reflect North American box office sales, so this total will likely go up when overseas reports come in.

Last week’s debut “Annabelle: Creation” moved into second place this week with $15.5 million. The prequel to the prequel to “The Conjuring” has brought in $64 million domestically in its first two weekends. Worldwide, the horror movie topped $160 million, which bodes well for next year’s “Conjuring 2” prequel, “The Nun.”

It was not such a lucky weekend for “Logan Lucky.” A third place finish wouldn’t necessarily be such a bad thing, but with a similar budget to “Hitman’s Bodyguard,” the newest Steven Soderbergh heist movie only earned $8.5 million. The film’s box office numbers could be a reflection of Soderbergh’s decision to bypass big named distributors to go the more independent route.

Dunkirk” finished in fourth place, adding another $6.7 million. Christopher Nolan‘s war film has earned $165 domestically, and almost $400 million worldwide.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” continues to underwhelm audiences. After opening in third place last week, the animated feature dropped to fifth place and added $5 million. It has brought in $17 million in two weeks on a budget of $40 million.

The Emoji Movie” is still sticking around, selling $4.3 million worth of tickets. It finished in sixth place.

Spider-Man: Homecoming” was close behind in seventh place with $4.2 million. Spidey has earned some $314 million in the US and $724 million worldwide. It is currently the fourth highest grossing film of 2017.

Girls Trip” dropped from fifth to eighth place, adding another $3.8 million. The all-female comedy became the 20th film of 2017 to cross the $100 million mark, and is in 19th place for the year.

Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” finished in ninth place. The film earned $3.7 million, giving it a three-week total of $41 million domestically and $71 million worldwide. Despite low sales and reviews, it did manage to earn back its $60 million budget.

Wind River” moved from limited to wide release this week, adding 649 screens and moving it into a tenth place finish. The Jeremy Renner/Elizabeth Olsen drama earned $3 million.

Also noteworthy, “Wonder Woman” crossed $800 million worldwide this week. With $404 million in the US, it is officially the highest grossing superhero origin film in domestic receipts.

Next week’s openings include “All Saints,” “Birth of the Dragon,” “Leap!” and “A Gentleman.” Also, “Good Time” moves into wide release.

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