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The weekend gave us two new sequels opening in wide release. One of them did well. The other… not so much. The former film is one Annabelle: Creation, which opened in spot number one with $35 million against a $15 million budget. That gives it the lowest opening in the Conjuring franchise, but only by a smidge; the first Annabelle bowed to $37.1 million in 2014. Needless to say, the continued good fortunes of the series bodes well for its upcoming installments, The Conjuring 3 and The Nun.
Less capable of drawing in audiences was The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, which opened to $8.9 million. That puts it behind number two finisher Dunkirk, which was pushed over the $150 million mark domestically by its $11.4 million fourth weekend haul. Even worse for The Nut Job 2: That $8.9 million was on a whopping 4,003 million screens, bringing the per-theatre average to an abysmal $2,232 million. By comparison, Annabelle: Creation’s was $10,006. The highest PTA of the weekend belonged to new limited release Ingrid Goes West, which made $141,216 on three screens.
Rounding out the top five were The Dark Tower (weekend gross $7.8 million, total gross $34.3 million), tumbling swiftly down the top five in its second week of release, and The Emoji Movie (weekend gross $6.6 million, total gross $63.5 million).
There was one other new wide release that hit theatres over the weekend: Lionsgate’s The Glass Castle, which bowed to $4.8 million on 1,461 screens. That’s below industry expectations, but an A- CinemaScore could indicate a decent hold in the coming weeks and, later, on home video.
On the higher end of the limited release spectrum, Indian film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha opened to $709,420 on 175 screens. New international cinema also includes Korea’s A Taxi Driver ($332,000 on 41 screens) and China’s Once Upon a Time ($256,500 on 51 screens). Good Time ($137,625), The Only Living Boy in New York ($57, 619) and The Trip to Spain ($45,306) also opened in limited release.
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