Even with no new films cracking the Top 10 this Labor Day Weekend, the overall box office managed to tick up slightly from last week. The biggest beneficiaries of the increase, though, were in smaller films than in the big studio releases.
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” held steady from last week’s total, adding another $10.2 million to its three week total. The action/comedy has earned about $54 million.
The prequel-to-a-prequel “Annabelle: Creation” also maintained its position in second place. The Warner Bros/New Line horror flick added another $7 million for a domestic total of $89 million. Overseas it has done even better with $138 million, giving it a total of $227 million in four weeks.
The Weinstein Company has to be pleased with third place finisher “Wind River.” The Jeremy Renner-led drama expanded onto an additional 500 screens. While the $5.8 million it earned this weekend may not seem particularly impressive, that represents an increase of 27.8% from last week.
Switching places “Wind River” after last week is fourth place “Leap!” The animated film, also from The Weinstein Company, added $4.8 million. It also had a slight increase in ticket sales over last week. The film has earned about $11 million in the US, but has been much more successful overseas where its total is just under $95 million.
“Logan Lucky” kept its fifth place spot from last week. The Soderbergh heist film added $4.4 million. Adding $3 million from foreign markets, the blue collar version of “Ocean’s 11” has earned some $24 million in ticket sales.
“Dunkirk” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” stayed in sixth and seventh place, respectively. Christopher Nolan’s war film has earned $418 million worldwide. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is just shy of $750 million worldwide. The newest iteration of the webslinger passed both “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” to become the seventh highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“The Emoji Movie” crept back from the brink of elimination, scoring an eighth place finish. With $2.4 million, Sony’s animated film has brought in approximately $160 million overall.
One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was a slight resurgence for “Despicable Me 3.” That film was done to thirteenth last week, but with a 35% increase in ticket sales, it moved back up to ninth place. The animated Universal film will likely cross the $1 billion mark this week, if it continues to play well internationally.
And another film inching back up into the Top 10 this week was “Girls Trip.” One of the surprising success stories of the summer, the raunchy comedy has earned about $125 million in total. In the US, its $111 million puts it in the number 19 spot for 2017.
Next week’s openings include the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy “Home Again,” the Charlie Sheen 9/11 movie, “9/11” and the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT.”