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Weekend Box Office Disaster: Films Make Less Than $65M

Weekend Box Office Disaster: Films Make Less Than $65M

The comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson earned a little over $10 million to clinch the number one slot.

Overall, the box office will hit about $65 million this weekend, making it at least the lowest since September 5, 2014, when Guardians of the Galaxy topped the competition with $10.3 million in ticket sales.

"Creation" took in a estimated $7.3 million in its third weekend in theaters. "The "Conjuring" spinoff" has now grossed $77.9 million in total.

This will be the slowest summer weekend at the domestic box office in three years, with total receipts of around $67 million expected, according to the industry tracking group comScore. It was so bad that the combined top twelve films did not even pass the $50 million mark. The low-budget Sony Christian film "All Saints" took in $1.6 million from 846 theaters. 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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The film became the highest-grossing superhero origin movie ever made last week, likely sparking its second wind.

Debuting in third place this weekend is the animated movie Leap!

The summer box office has been trending down for weeks - this will be the first year since 2006 that the overall total fails to top $4 billion - and the catastrophic weather in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey mixed with Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor fight, which Mayweather, could have factored into this weekend's poor returns. Overall, films earned just $49.6M. Of note: the Mayweather-McGregor fight, which Fathom Events screened in 481 theaters nationwide, finished in ninth place at the box office with $2.4 million in ticket sales.

Fourth place went to "Wind River", another Weinstein production, at $4.4 million, improving on its 10th-place finish last week. That was good for eighth place for the weekend as a whole (still ahead of the debut of Birth of the Dragon). Take a look at the top 10 estimates for the weekend of August 25, and check back on Tuesday for our next wave of predictions.


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