Annabelle: Creation Scares Up a Win

Annabelle Creation

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.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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