Forget the typical gold medal for a first-place finish. This week, the prize was full of lead.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L. Jackson frienemy flick, went to No. 1 with a bullet, banking an estimated $21.6 million—or about 50 cents for every profanity used. Does that make Hitman a hit? Well, a win’s a win, and the take was slightly better than its distributor Lionsgate had predicted. But let’s face it: This was the lowest-grossing weekend so far this year, and $21.6 million ain’t Avengers or Deadpool money. Perhaps for the sequel, one of the stars could wear an eyepatch.
Last week’s champ, Annabelle: Creation, slid to No. 2 with a still solid $15.5 million. Annabelle’s now pocketed $64 million in North America. That makes it either the year’s second- or third-highest grossing horror flick to date this year (depending on whether you catalog Tom Cruise’s The Mummy as a horror film or merely horrible).
Logan Lucky, which joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard as the weekend’s other major new release, suffered an inauspicious beginning. Despite positive reviews, Lucky earned just about $8 million—not exactly a fortunate fortune. Perhaps the movie’s luck will turn next weekend.
Dunkirk collected another $6.7 million, bringing its domestic total to $165.5 million. Meanwhile, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, shook off its terrible beginnings to have a not-so-terrible (but still pretty bad) second week, stuffing about $5.1 million into its metaphorical cheeks.