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Horror reigns as ‘Annabelle: Creation’ opens strong, ‘Nut Job 2’ earns dubious honor

The Annabelle doll in New Line Cinema's supernatural thriller "ANNABELLE: CREATION," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Weekend Box Office August 11 -13, 2017

(KUTV) “Annabelle: Creation,” a solid little horror film that was made for $15 million, will sits atop the domestic box office this weekend as the horror prequel brought in $35 million. That’s slightly less than the $37 million that “Annabelle” brought home in 2014, but still a number that New Line can celebrate. Internationally the movie brought in $36.7 million for a worldwide total of $71 million. It will be interesting to see if “Creation,” which has received far better reviews, will hold better in its second weekend. “Annabelle” dropped 57 percent, a fairly decent performance for a horror film. “Annabelle” went on to earn $256.8 million worldwide against a budget that was less than $7 million. Next up from the Conjuring franchise is “The Nun,” which is expected to be released in July of 2018.

In second place is “Dunkirk,” which fell just 33 percent, with $11.4 million. That pushes the domestic total for Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama to $153 million. While that might not be in the stratosphere of his Batman films, it is a remarkable total in that it is an unconventional war film based on an event that many Americans are completely unfamiliar with. International numbers are fairly strong as well. Worldwide the film has earned more than $350 million.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” finishes in third, but the numbers are pretty ugly as the animated sequel managed only $8 million. That’s the worst opening for a film to debut on more than 4,000 screens and less than half of the $19.4 million that “The Nut Job” opened to in 2014. “The Nut Job” went on to make $120.8 million worldwide against a budget of $42 million. “Nutty by Nature” will need a strong international performance to have any hope of even reaching $60 million.

The Dark Tower” was close behind with $7.8 million. A drop of 59 percent that lifts the film’s domestic total to $34 million. I’ve yet to see this weekend’s international numbers, but Sony will be fortunate to earn back the film’s $60 million budget. So much wasted potential.

Girls Trip” and “The Emoji Movie” will duke it out for fifth with both films expected to bring in around $6.5 million.

The cinematic adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle,” which reunited “Short Term 12” director Destin Daniel Cretton with actress Brie Larson, brought in $4.8 million from 1,461 theaters. I struggled to like the film, but audiences have reacted more warmly than critics. Still, Lionsgate had to believe they were backing a potential Academy Award darling that would have a long run at the box office. That doesn’t seem to be the case.

Detroit,” a film that feels all the more relevant after this weekend’s news, dropped out of the top 10 with $3 million.

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