Box-office eclipse: Hollywood has worst weekend in 16 years

Box-office eclipse: Hollywood has worst weekend in 16 yearsEntertainment

Ryan Reynolds is a protection services agent and Samuel L. Jackson is the assassin he’s supposed to protect in the action comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard.’ Lionsgate

NEW YORK  — Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in the most dismal box-office result in 16 years.

An already slow August came to a screeching halt at the multiplex, where no major new releases were unveiled.

That left the Samuel Jackson-Ryan Reynolds action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard to top all films for the second week with an estimated $10.1 million in ticket sales.

The horror film holdover Annabelle: Creation followed in second with $7.4 million in its third weekend. The Conjuring spinoff has now grossed $77.9 million in total.

The Weinstein Co. animated release Leap! was one of the few new films to hit theaters.

It earned a scant $5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The entire slate of films grossed only about $65 million, the lowest total since September 2001.