Weekend Box Office Report – Annabelle: Creation scares off The Dark Tower

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Last weekend basically saw The Dark Tower attain the top spot at the US box office by default. With it being the lowest earning weekend of the US summer season, the plagued Stephen King adaptation was essentially the best of the worst with a paltry $19 million opening. With that, it came as no surprise to find that The Dark Tower has given up the throne this weekend past – and to a doll, no less.

Directed by David F. Sandberg (who is set to helm WB’s Shazam! movie next), Annabelle: Creation is proving to be the rarest of horror sequels as it has already received a warm critical reception far outstripping anything its 2014 predecessor got, and now it’s put in a good showing at the box office as well. The $35 million debut of the sequel to the prequel (stay with me now) is just a shade behind the $37 million opening of the original Annabelle, which explained the origin story of the creepy doll found in James Wan’s The Conjuring films.

Internationally, Annabelle: Creation is also doing well, pulling in an additional $36 million. It still needs to open in several markets, including South Africa, so expect that figure to climb rapidly over the next few weeks, especially considering its great word of mouth. With the efforts of Annabelle: Creation – which had a $15 million price tag – the entire four-movie strong The Conjuring franchise has now grossed close to just over $900 million dollars in total, off a combined budget of just over $90 million. Now that’s good business!

Unfortunately, the word “good” doesn’t really apply to most of the other noteworthy entries on the charts. The Dark Tower couldn’t even crack $10 million on its second weekend, and so too last week’s other big release, Katheryn Bigelow’s Detroit, kept up its underperformance as well as it tumbled right out of the top 10. Meanwhile, newcomer The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature opened with just $8.9 million, less than half of the debut of the animated movie’s 2014 predecessor.

The only other newcomer this week was The Glass Castle, but apparently not even the appeal of Oscar-winner Brie Larson teaming up with her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton seemed to be able to help it. The biopic drama, based on Jeannette Wells’ harrowing best-selling memoir about her childhood, had to be content with placing in the tail end of the top 10 chart with just a $4.8 million debut.

With total revenue down 6% from last year this time, it was another sluggish weekend at the US box office all around though. The only bright spots on the charts besides for Annabelle: Creation are R-rated black female led comedy Girls Trip, which is approaching the magical $100 million domestic mark, and Christopher Nolan’s WWII thriller Dunkirk which shot past $150 million in the US and currently stands at $363.3 million globally.

Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change US Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1Annabelle: Creation $35 million NA $36.7 million $71.7 million NE
2Dunkirk $11.4 million -33% $153.7 million $363.31 million 2nd
3The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature $8.9 million NA $8.9 million NA NE
4The Dark Tower $7.8 million -58% $34.3 million $53.6 million 1st
5The Emoji Movie $6.6 million -45% $63.5 million $97.1 million 2nd
6Girls Trip $6.5 million -42% $97.1 million $105.5 million 3rd
7Spider-Man: Homecoming $6.1 million -31% $306.4 million $702 million 5th
8Kidnap $5.2 million -47% $19.3 million NA NE
9The Glass Castle $4.8 million NA $4.8 million NA NE
10Atomic Blonde $4.5 million -43% $42.8 million $61.7 million 4th

Last Updated: August 14, 2017

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