'Hitman' stays on top, but box office is worst since 2001

'Hitman' stays on top, but box office is worst since 2001

Regardless: the weekend's combined top 12 gross of $49 million was the worst in a whopping 15 years. Other factors that aided to the falls could be the Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor boxing match or the Hurricane Harvey in Texas. As is sometimes the case in late August, once most of the flashy summer blockbusters have already opened, all of the new releases were lousy. While Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson's The Hitman's Bodyguard and the horror hit-flick Annabelle: Creation ruled the top spots this weekend, the numbers weren't enough to stop the box office crash. "The "Conjuring" spinoff" has now grossed $77.9 million in total.

Bleecker Street's "Logan Lucky", Steven Soderbergh's first film since his self-proclaimed retirement four years ago, also took in $4.4 million.

Distrib Films, meanwhile, earned $582,300 on 386 screens for their post-converted 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

In second place, Warner Bros.

"Creation" for the second week in a row to take the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend, according to estimated figures released Sunday.

"It's a black eye for Hollywood, but not a knock-out punch", Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, told USA Today.

This weekend caps off a particularly slow summer box office. "Make no mistake about it, there was little foot traffic in theaters this weekend, but the story line will change in two weeks when "It" opens". The low-budget Sony Christian film "All Saints" took in $1.6 million from 846 theaters.

"Wind River", which expanded to almost 2100 screens, rises six spots to #4.

Rounding out the top tier are "Dunkirk" at No. 6 with $ 4 million, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at No. 7 with $2.7 million, "Mayweather vs. McGregor" at No. 8 with $2.6 million, "Birth of the Dragon" at No. 9 with $2.5 million and "The Emoji Movie" at No. 10 with $2.4 million. To put in perspective how paltry that is, Beauty and the Beast had an opening weekend of $175 million by itself earlier this year.

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