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August 13, 2017

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Scares Up Top Spot, ‘The Glass Castle’ Falls Apart [Box Office]

As movie studios try to figure out how make their films critic proof, they can at least rest assured horror movies will always bring audiences out no matter the reviews. And this weekend, moviegoers wanted to get scared.

Annabelle: Creation” led the pack at the box office, hauling in $35 million. It’s slightly under the $37 million launch of its predecessor, but ‘Creation’ fared much better with critics, and with a low budget of $15 million its going to earn a decent buck for New Line. Even more, this is a franchise with strong appeal overseas — “Annabelle” earned $172 million internationally — and it’s a strong bet the sequel will repeat that global success. Needless to say, this a healthy addition to “The Conjuring” cinematic universe.

Open Road found out the hard way that no one cares about “The Nut Job.” The original animated film did a decent, but not spectacular $19 million in its opening weekend on its way to final total of $120 million worldwide. “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” probably won’t even get close to that. The movie launched with a dismal $8.9 million from over 4,000 screens. Reviews for the film were atrocious, and the studio marketing seemed lacklustre at best, almost as if they knew they had a dud on their hands. Consider this one roasted.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate didn’t fare much better with “The Glass Castle.” The drama starring Oscar winner and future Captain Marvel Brie Larson, and based on a hugely popular best-selling book, could only manage $4.8 million, for a ninth place position in the top ten. Reviews were divided, and this is simply a case of first rate source material, a rising star, and a talented filmmaker in Destin Daniel Cretton, simply missing the mark. Everyone involved will recover and move on to better things, but it’s shame they couldn’t make this work.

In limited release, the Safdies‘ “Good Time” starring Robert Pattinson took the crown, pulling in $137,625 for a good per-screen average of $34,406. Other films at the arthouse holding their own included “The Trip To Spain,” “Once Upon A Time,” “A Taxi Driver,” and “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.”

1. “Annabelle: Creation” — $35 million
2. “Dunkirk” — $11.4 million ($153.7 mil.)
3. “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” — $8.9 million
4. “The Dark Tower” — $7.8 million ($34.3 mil.)
5. “The Emoji Movie” — $6.58 million ($63.5 mil.)
6. “Girls Trip” — $6.52 million ($97.1 mil.)
7. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — $6.1 million ($306.4 mil.)
8. “Kidnap” — $5.2 million ($19.3 mil.)
9. “The Glass Castle” — $4.8 million
10. “Atomic Blonde” — $4.5 million ($42.8 mil.)

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