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Weekend Update: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Exceeding Expectations, Soderbergh Falling Short

hitmanbodyguardexcerptWith Friday box office estimates in, it’s looking very good that the Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds action-comedy will win the weekend by a decent margin over last week’s Annabelle: Creation. Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is fighting for third against Nolan’s unstoppable Dunkirk.

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Summer Box Office: The Highs and Lows of a Weaker Movie Season

wonderwomanexcerptThe box office was down considerably from last year, but there were a couple true standouts, including Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which grossed more than $400 million in North America alone to take the summer crown.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Looks to Take Down Steven Soderbergh’s Return with “Logan Lucky”

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The second to last weekend before Labor Day, which signifies the end of the summer season, sees two action-comedies featuring big name stars, though the pairing of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds is likely to surpass the reunion of Channing Tatum with director Steven Soderbergh.

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“Annabelle: Creation” Avoids Franchise Fatigue, Opens with $35 Million

boxoffice813excerptIt seemed like the summer box office had run its course after the past two disappointing weekends, but the New Line/Warner Bros. horror prequel was able defy most expectations and predictions, although it still ended up below the opening of its predecessors.

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Weekend Box Office Update: “Annabelle: Creation” Exceeding Expectations

annabelleboxofficexcerptAfter two very soft and disappointing weekends at the box office, things have started to pick up, mainly thanks to a horror prequel (to a prequel) that has successfully evaded the franchise fatigue that has hurt so many other movies this summer.

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“Annabelle: Creation” Hopes to Scare Off the Summertime Franchise Blues

annabelleboxofficeexcerptNew Line and Warner Bros. have created a successful franchise around James Wan’s The Conjuring, but can a prequel to a spinoff that’s already a prequel find an audience in a summer where many franchises have failed?

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“The Dark Tower” Wins the Weekend… If You Consider a Sub-$20 Million Opening a Win

The Dark Tower ReviewIt’s a particularly sad state for the summer box office when the first weekend of August doesn’t see a single movie bring in more than $20 million, but for Sony and its would-be franchise starter, it was even worse.

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Weekend Box Office Update: “The Dark Tower” Is Bombing Very Badly

darktowerboxoffice2xcerptReviews may not have been as horrid as some were expecting, but the movie only made $7.7 million Friday, and is performing so weakly, it’s not doing Stephen King any favors when it comes to convincing execs to adapt more of his work into film.

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“The Dark Tower” Will Rise Above the Rest at Box Office, But Not By Much

darktowerexcerptSony Pictures is relying heavily on a Stephen King adaptation starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey to endits summer on a high note, but will the competition from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit be too much for it?

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“The Emoji Movie” Gets a Frownie Face as “Dunkirk” Wins Close Box Office Race

emojiboxofficeexcerpt2The last weekend of July saw a potential horse race for first place between Sony’s new animated film and Christopher Nolan’s WWII movie.

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Look for “The Emoji Movie” to Poop on “Dunkirk,” “Atomic Blonde” to Overperform

EmojiBlondeCharlize Theron’s action movie has been building good buzz since SXSW, but it won’t open nearly as well as Angelina Jolie’s Salt or Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy.

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“Dunkirk” Dominated the Box Office, But “Girls Trip” Still “Won” the Weekend

Dunkirk ReviewSTX stuck to its guns by releasing Valerian in mid-July, surrounded by franchise films and Christopher Nolan’s latest. Sure enough, it wound up dead in the water, posting the same opening weekend number as The Fifth Element 20 years ago. Not good, and all the foreign pre-sales in the world won’t make it a winner.

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War Will Reign Supreme Once More at Box Office as “Dunkirk” Leads the Pack

Dunkirk ReviewDunkirk will win the box office, but will it be enough to put Christopher Nolan back into some film fans’ good graces? Elsewhere, Girls Trip will soar while Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will struggle under the weight of its budget and appealing to general audiences.

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“War for the Planet of the Apes” Conquers the Box Office, but Numbers Are Down Overall

Twentieth Century Fox's "War for the Planet of the Apes."War for the Planet of the Apes conquered the box office, well above Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was the big question of the weekend, but both films still made around $10 million less each than expected.

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It’s Apes vs Spiders This Weekend as “War for the Planet of the Apes” Looks to Dethrone “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Twentieth Century Fox's "War for the Planet of the Apes."War for the Planet of the Apes is eyeing an uprising to topple Spider-Man: Homecoming, while indie romantic dramedy The Big Sick goes wide this weekend with big hopes. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has earned the best hold for a superhero film in 15 years.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Flies High Above the Competition to a Stunning $117 Million Opening

Spider-Man Homecoming ExcerptMovies fell into their predicted spots at the box office over the weekend, but Spider-Man: Homecoming surprised with an astonishing $117 million opening. Also, Wonder Woman, with $368.4 million, has officially become the tenth-highest superhero film domestically of all time.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Could Soar to $100 Million in Its Opening Weekend

spiderman-excerptShould all go according to plan at the box office this weekend, Spider-Man: Homecoming will become the fourth movie of the year to crack $100 million in its opening weekend.

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“Despicable Me 3” and “Baby Driver” Dominated the Holiday Weekend

despicable-3-excerptThe 5-day Independence Day holiday weekend went more or less as expected, although several films performed higher than many of the predictions had them making. Two newcomers, Despicable Me 3 and Edgar Wright’s new original film, Baby Driver, led the weekend, both overperforming (at least in their five-day earnings).

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“Despicable Me 3” and “Baby Driver” Will Zoom to Great Heights Over the Holiday Weekend

baby-driver-excerptAnother holiday weekend, another box office analysis. Set to lead the five-day weekend is the fourth installment in Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise, following the first two films and the Minions spin-off. Edgar Wright’s new film, Baby Driver, is also shaping up to lead the way after a solid start Tuesday evening.

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“Transformers 5” Marks Lowest Opening for Franchise, “The Big Sick” Scores in Just 5 Theaters

big-sick-excerptThe weekend before a long holiday held some surprises, and surprising success stories, at the box office. As expected, Transformers: The Last Knight had the smallest opening of the five films in the franchise, while Wonder Woman, 47 Meters Down, and indie rom-com The Big Sick scored big.

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“Transformers: The Last Knight” to Lead Weekend, Despite Lowest Opening for the Franchise

Optimus Prime in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.Transformers may be one of the most critically maligned film franchises in history but that hasn’t stopped its successful box office streak. To date, the five Michael Bay-directed films, have made a total of $3.78 billion worldwide, but it’s looking like this newest installment may start showing signs of audience fatigue. Plus, Wonder Woman is on track to become the highest-grossing film directed by a woman worldwide.

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“Wonder Woman” and “All Eyez on Me” Skyrocket, “Rough Night” Stumbles in the Harsh Daylight

All Eyez on Me ExcerptThere were big surprises at the box office this weekend, with several movies performing far better than they were expected to, including All Eyez on Me, 47 Meters Down, and, once again, Wonder Woman and some performing… less so (like Rough Night).

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“Cars 3” Will Race Past Its Competitors at the Box Office

cars-3-excerptAfter two weeks at the top, Wonder Woman will be de-throned this weekend by racing, talking vehicles in Pixar’s latest sequel, Cars 3. The film has a lot going for it to quickly rise to the top of the box office — it’s a family animated film from a trusted and admired company, and it’s also a continuation of an existing IP.

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“The Mummy” Remains Dormant in Its Tomb as “Wonder Woman” Continues to Exceed Expectations

The Mummy ExcerptThis weekend’s box office played out more or less as expected, with some minor surprises here and there. Take the weekend’s number one film, for example. Everyone knew it would be Wonder Woman, but it performed even better than it was predicted to — for the second weekend in a row.

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“Wonder Woman” to Finish “The Mummy” on the Box Office Battleground

the-mummy-excerptThe Mummy will be no match for Wonder Woman this weekend as it continues to ride the momentum of its success and positive buzz. In fact, The Mummy could put a damper on Universal’s planned “Dark Universe” before it even really begins depending on how it performs this weekend.

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“Wonder Woman” Shatters Glass Ceilings with the Largest Opening for a Female Director Ever

wonder-woman-excerptWith an opening bigger than most projected, Wonder Woman secured not only an exciting weekend for fans but the biggest opening for a female director in history. Beyond numbers, however, Wonder Woman’s success this weekend has made a clear statement about female-led and directed films and the demand for them.

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“Wonder Woman” to Soar This Weekend, Possibly Earning the Biggest Opening for a Female Director

wonder-woman-excerptAfter a concerning marketing campaign, fans and critics have taken matters into their own hands to express their excitement for Wonder Woman — and with good reason and good results. The film is now eyeing an opening north of $85 million and perhaps even more than $100 million.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean 5” and “Baywatch” Barely Cause a Splash Over Memorial Day

Baywatch ExcerptThis year’s Memorial Day weekend was meant to end its four-day box office on par with last year’s but instead came short by more than $20 million. Whereas 2016’s top 12 movies for Memorial Day made $198.8 million total, this year’s top 12 made $173 million and that’s because of the underperformance of nearly every film, some worse than others.

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“Pirates 5” and “Baywatch” to Make Waves at Memorial Day Box Office

pirates-excerptWell, decently sized waves at the very least. Set to top the three-day holiday weekend with ease is the fifth installment in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and while it may not be receiving good reviews and plenty of people may lament its continued existence, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which brings back original cast members, is set to bring in $80 million, if not a little more.

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“Alien: Covenant” Defeats “Guardians 2” Over a Sluggish Weekend, “Beauty and the Beast” Becomes 10th Highest Film of All Time

Alien Covenant ExcerptThe weekend went more or less as predicted — except with smaller numbers than expected, making for a particularly anti-climactic three-day box office. Alien: Covenant barely edged out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in its opening weekend and Beauty and the Beast has become the tenth-highest film of all time.

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