Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” remained at No. 1 this weekend with $10.2 million, becoming the first movie of 2017 to keep the No. 1 spot for three straight weekends.
But given the current slate of movies in cinemas right now and the dismal state of the overall box office, that’s not saying much.
Since “Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Logan Lucky” came out two weeks ago, there have been no new wide releases in theaters. In fact, this is the first time in 25 years that there hasn’t been a new wide release on Labor Day weekend, meaning that the returns these past two weekends have been the worst since late Sept. 2001, immediately following 9/11.
The movies that are in theaters have been able to prevent a sharp drop from last weekend with solid holdovers, but this will still be the first Labor Day Weekend since 1999 to gross less than $100 million.
The totals for “Hitman’s Bodyguard” are nearly identical to last week, putting the Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L. Jackson action film’s running total at $57.5 million. The No. 2 film, Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle: Creation,” only dropped 5 percent to $7.3 million, bringing its cume to $89 million.
The Weinstein Company’s “Wind River” moves up to third this weekend, expanding to 2,600 screens and adding $5.8 million to bring its total to $18.2 million.
TWC’s “Leap!” is in fourth with $4.8 million and a 10-day total of $11.3 million, and Bleecker Street’s “Logan Lucky” completes the top 5 with $4.4 million and a total of $20.4 million.
Next weekend, the box office will get a big shot in the arm with the arrival of Warner Bros./New Line’s “It,” which is expected to break September box office records with an opening of $60-65 million.