In Annabelle: Creation, the titular doll’s first owner loved to play hide and seek: “Find Me,” she’d write on a note for her father. Eventually, the doll seemed to pick up the game, as well … much to the chagrin of its parade of owners.
But you don’t have to look too hard to find Annabelle this week: She’s No. 1 at the box office—scaring the stuffing out of not just moviegoers, but her competition, as well.
No one so much as challenged the malevolent moppet. Annabelle: Creation collected an estimated $35 million in North America, more than tripling the take of its nearest competitor. She made about the same amount overseas, too, giving the film an impressive one-week worldwide total in excess of $71.7 million. Some dolls say “mama:” Annabelle just says “money.”
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk floated into second place behind Annabelle, adding another $11.4 million to its coffers. The war flick has been either No. 1 or No. 2 all four weeks it’s been in theaters, and its continuing strength spoiled the debut of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. Nutty practically eschewed cash this weekend (Cash? Eschew? Cashews? Get it?), squirreling away just $8.9 million. That’s practically peanuts. Indeed, the film set a dubious record: It marks the most terrible opening ever for a film showing in more than 4,000 theaters, worsting the old mark (set just a couple of weeks ago by The Emoji Movie) by nearly $16 million. Yeah, hard to find much honey to sweeten this Nut Job.
Last week’s champ, The Dark Tower, crumbled in its second weekend, earning just $7.9 million. Incidentally, the prime evil in Stephen King’s original book series is known as the Crimson King. Not sure if he’s responsible for the film’s dismal showing, but one thing’s for sure: The distributor, Sony, is sure seeing a lot of red.
(It was a tough weekend for vaguely medieval real estate all across the box office, though: The Glass Castle, the weekend’s third wide release, finished ninth with $4.9 million.)
The aforementioned The Emoji Movie, another Sony project, isn’t helping matters. The flick pocketed $6.6 million to finish fifth. I think we can officially stamp a bomb emoji on this one.