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Things weren’t looking good going into the long Labor Day weekend, especially for new releases like the Weinstein Company’s long-delayed Tulip Fever, but as usual, moviegoers are using the long holiday weekend to catch up on things they’ve missed.
It was already obvious that Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation would end up in first and second place for the third weekend in a row, but both are likely to do as good or even better than they did last weekend.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard made an estimated $2.4 million Friday and will probably end up with $10.5 million or slightly more over the four days. Annabelle: Creation did $1.8 million, and will make roughly $7 million.
The Weinstein Company’s Tulip Fever looks to be bombing badly with just $357,000 grossed Friday, so the most it can make is $1.5 million over the four-day weekend. Meanwhile, Weinstein’s Wind River, which they weren’t even sure if they were going to release at one point, made that amount just on Friday in 2,602 theaters. It could end up doing better this weekend than last week’s Leap, and it’s likely to end the weekend in the $18 to 20 million range, making it the only Weinstein movie to do that well this year.
Pantelion’s Hazlo Como Hombre is not doing nearly as well as I thought it might with just $347,000 on Friday, so it’s aiming for the same $1 to 1.5 million range as Tulip Fever. Marvel’s Inhumans and Tristar’s 40th anniversary rerelease of Close Encounters of the Third Kind will also end up in that area or slightly higher, although none of those four new releases are likely to open in the Top 10.
Check back on Monday for the weekend box office report based on four-day estimates.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor