Weekend Box Office Flops to Worst Labor Day in Nearly Two Decades

Weekend Box Office Flops to Worst Labor Day in Nearly Two DecadesEntertainment

This year’s summer moviegoing season is ending not with a bang, but a whimper.

North American box office revenue for the four-day Labor Day weekend — which didn’t feature a new wide release for the first time in a quarter-century — is projected to total about $95.5 million, marking the lowest such frame in nearly two decades. (The last time the four-day Labor Day total failed to crack $100 million was back in 1998, according to ComScore.)

It would seem to be a fitting end for a sluggish summer that’s on track to finish below $4 billion (somewhere around $3.8 billion) for the first time since 2006. Although the season featured some notable hits, including Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Dunkirk, it was dragged down by a string of misfires, such as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, BaywatchValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and The Dark Tower, to name a few.

This weekend, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson’s R-rated action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard is on pace to top the box office with an estimated $10.3 million from Friday to Sunday, or $12.9 million factoring in Monday’s take. In doing so, the Lionsgate release — which stars Reynolds as an “executive protection agent” tasked with escorting a top assassin (Jackson) to testify against a dictator — would bring its domestic total to $55 million (through Sunday) and become the only movie of the summer to reign over three weekends.

In second place, Warner Bros. and New Line’s horror flick Annabelle: Creation will gross an estimated $7.3 million, bringing its domestic total to about $89 million and passing its predecessor Annabelle ($84.3 million).

Meanwhile the Weinstein Co. thriller Wind River, from Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, is set to add $5.9 million through Sunday after expanding to 507 more theaters. (It’s in 2,602 locations, all told.) With about $18.2 million through five weekends, it’s roughly on par with last year’s Sheridan-penned Oscar contender Hell or High Water.

Rounding out the top five are the Weinstein Co. animated tale Leap, with an estimated $4.9 million, and Steven Soderbergh’s redneck heist movie Logan Lucky, with an estimated $4.4 million.

Among the weekend’s new offerings, none opened in 1,000 theaters or more. The Weinstein Co.’s long-delayed period drama Tulip Fever will gross an estimated $1.2 million through Sunday from 765 locations, Marvel’s big-screen TV pilot Inhumans wil earn about $1.5 million from 393 Imax theaters, Lionsgate’s Spanish-language comedy Hazlo Como Hombre (Do It Like an Hombre) will take in an estimated $1.1 million from 382 screens, and Sony’s 40th anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind is eyeing about $1.8 million from 901 theaters.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 6 percent year-to-date. Check out the Sept. 1-3 figures below.

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $10.3 million
2. Annabelle: Creation — $7.3 million
3. Wind River — $5.9 million
4. Leap! — $4.9 million
5. Logan Lucky — $4.4 million
6. Dunkirk — $4.1 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $3.7 million
8. The Emoji Movie — $2.5 million
9. Despicable Me 3 — $2.4 million
10. Girls Trip — $2.3 million

Source: ew.com