The Hitman's Bodyguard Leads The US Box Office
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are sitting at the top of the US box office with their action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard. Taking $21.3 million, The Hitman's Bodyguard led another slow weekend at the box office with only one other new release.
Annabelle Creation dropped to second place with $15.5 million for the weekend and a current worldwide total of more than $162 million. The success the Annabelle sequel has boosted The Conjuring Universe to $1 billion across the four films, and it now holds the title of the highest-grossing horror movie franchise of all time.
Steven Soderbergh's highly anticipated return to filmmaking with the critically acclaimed Logan Lucky. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig, the stylish crime caper came in third place with a disappointing $7.6 million. Logan Lucky marks the first feature film from Soderbergh since the underrated Side Effects back in 2013 which opened slightly higher than Logan Lucky with $9.3 million. True to his prolific form, Soderbergh has already shot his next film (on an iPhone) that will be released via his websitelater this year.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk slipped to fourth place and has now clocked up more than $165 million domestically for a global total of $400 million thus far. While it might not be The Dark Knight or Inception sized numbers, war movies don't get made on this scale these days, and it's a genre that only has a handful of bonafide box office blockbusters. At any rate, Dunkirk cost $100 million to make which is relatively modest by today's big budget standards, and nobody could accuse Nolan of not putting every single penny up there on the screen.
The Nut Job 2 continued to be largely ignored with $5 million for its second weekend, The Emoji Movie held onto sixth place with $4 million and the critically mauled animated film has a global tally of $125 million. So, don't be surprised when The Emoji Movie 2 happens. Another none mover was Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming that has made an impressive $314 million in the US, and a whopping $410 million internationally. While Homecoming has yet to surpass the final haul of The Amazing Spider-Man (or any from the Sam Raimi era), there's no escaping the fact it was the best Spider-Man movie since Raimi's first sequel.
Finally, with a worldwide total of $950 million Despicable Me 3 is almost guaranteed to make $1 billion by the time it finishes its theatrical run. Given that the Despicable Me franchise is now the biggest animated franchise of all time, I think it's a fair assumption that Illumination will be exploring a Despicable Me 4 and beyond.