Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Hits, Taking $21.6-M

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Hits, Taking $21.6-M

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Hits, Taking $21.6-M

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The domestic Summer box office continues to fall as Hollywood and theater owners endured the lowest-grossing weekend YTD.

Hitman’s Bodyguard, a Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF.A) action comedy debuted to a better-than-expected $21.6-M from 3,377 theaters to Top the weekend box-office chart.

Audiences gave the R-rated pic a B+ CinemaScore.

Logan Lucky placed 3rd with an estimated $8.-M from 3,301 theaters, the lowest nationwide start of director Steven Soderbergh’s career. The filmmaker made the $29-M heist comedy outside the Hollywood studio system by relying on a combination of foreign presales and equity, while raising another $20-M for marketing so as to retain tight control of how the PG-13 pic was sold.

Indie distributor Bleecker Street distributed the pic on behalf of Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing.

The film, director Soderbergh’s 1st in 4 years after his previously announced retirement, boasts a stellar 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences were notably less enthusiastic, giving it a B grade.

No other new movies opened nationwide.

Total revenue at the weekend is estimated at about $95-M.

Among holdovers

Warner Bros./New Line’s Annabelle: Creation came in a strong 2 2 with $15.5-M in its 2nd frame for a domestic total of $64-M declining 56% a good hold for a horror flick.

Warner Bros. a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk placed #4 with $6.7-M for a domestic take  of $165.5-M and a global box office of $392.7-M.

Warner’s Wonder Woman cleared the $800-M mark at the global box office, including $404-M domestically.

Open Road’s The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature fell to # 5 in its 2nd frame, earning $5.1-M for a 10-day domestic take of $17.7-M.

At the specialty box office

The news was grim for filmmaker Geremy Jasper’s Sundance Film Festival sensation Patti Cakes$, which opened to $66,000 from 14 theaters for a screen average of $4,714. Fox Searchlight acquired the suburban rapper comedy for $9.5-M following a heated bidding war at Sundance in January.

The Weinstein Co.’s Wind River moved into the Top 10 as it expanded into a total of 694 locations, grossing $3-M for a location average of $4,359 and an early domestic total of $4.1-M.

Ingrid Goes West and Good Time both continued to impress in their sophomore outings. From Neon, the comedy-drama Ingrid earned $265,567 from 26 locations for a screen average of $10,214 and a take of $438,685.

A24’s crime drama Good Time upped its theater count to 20, earning $173,000 for a screen average of $8,652 and a 10-day take of $349,007.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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