The success of THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, which will lead this weekend at the box office with $21.6 million, is good news for a movie that cost $29 million or so to make. With next weekend looking like a complete dead zone — unless you’re particularly pumped for Sony’s ALL SAINTS — the action-comedy looks primed to make back its cost of production. By the time it lands on VOD and home video, it could even turn a bit of a profit. For a movie that’s only redeeming quality is its leads, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, that’s a small victory in a summer that’s been rife with failures and mediocrities saved only by their foreign box office performance.
Even taking this victory into account though, $21.6 million is no one’s idea of big hit. It’s a little more than what BABY DRIVER made in its opening weekend, but THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD doesn’t have the critical praise or word-of-mouth buzz that Edgar Wright‘s action-comedy rode so ably. It’s also a sizable drop from August’s biggest hit, ANNABELLE: CREATION, which came in at number two this weekend with $15.5 million from its $35 million opening, dropping about 56% in its second frame. With no help from the foreign box office, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD will likely still eek out a profit but just barely.
The road ahead looks much less charitable for the best movie currently in wide release, LOGAN LUCKY, which landed at number three with $8 million. Steven Soderbergh‘s return to popular filmmaking cost about as much to make as THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD and sports a much bigger cast, but its marketing was noticeably less effective than this weekend’s winner. The very same could be said about THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE, which landed in fifth with $5.1 million in its second frame.
Both of those movies will have to fight to get anywhere near turning a profit, which is not the case with Christopher Nolan‘s DUNKIRK. The war epic dropped to fourth place this weekend with $6.7 million in the till after five weeks in the top five. By the end of next weekend, it will likely have passed $170 million off of a budget of around $100 million.
Here’s your top five for this weekend:
1. ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ $21.6M
2. ‘Annabelle: Creation’ $15.5M
3. ‘Logan Lucky’ $8.05M
4. ‘Dunkirk’ $6.7M
5. ‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’ $5.11M