Hitman’s Bodyguard Becomes a Hit, Guards No. 1


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.

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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