Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Annabelle: Creation scares off competition with $35 million debut

Annabelle: Creation scares off competition with $35 million debut

Meanwhile last weekend's victor, the Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, will tumble to the No. 4 slot with an estimated $7.9 million.

"Nutty By Nature" starts at #3 with $8.9 million. For those invested in the "Conjuring" canon, it serves as a prequel to the first "Annabelle". The film is set in The Conjuring series of films, and is the second Annabelle film and fourth in the series.

"Annabelle is scary as hell", said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief at Warner Bros. It's the sequel that no one asked for and still got, with many critics giving it negative reviews (it now has an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes). The Insidious franchise had a small opening for the original at $13.3 million, but followed with a second chapter that earned $40.3 million on opening weekend.

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Rounding out the top five is The Emoji Movie, which has done decently enough given the extremely negative reception it's gotten across the board. The R-rated pic, which also took in $8.4-M overseas over the weekend for a worldwide tally of $105.6-M, and will soon cross the $100-M mark in North America, just as Edgar Wright's Baby Driver did over the weekend in a win for Sony.

Elsewhere, this weekend's other new release, the Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson-starring The Glass Castle, hit right around expectations in limited release, pulling in $4.8 million from 1,461 theaters.

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Lionsgate's (NYSE:LGF) adaptation of Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir about her harrowing childhood, The Glass Castle, placed # 9, according to early estimates. Audiences have been generally receptive, earning the movie an A- CinemaScore, while critics are more mixed (50 percent of RottenTomatoes). TWC expanded Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River" to 45 locations, where it is earning $642,067 - the studio plans to continue the film's expansion to between 600 and 700 locations next weekend. That was bettered, though, by the $47,000 screen-average of Neon's "Ingrid Goes West", with Aubrey Plaza, on three screens. And A24's Robert Pattinson-starrer "Good Time" is opening in four theaters to $137,625. Now, more mediocre debut this weekend and only drag things down further compared to past year.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 4.1 percent from the same frame from previous year. And while Disney's "Pete's Dragon" faltered, Sony's "Sausage Party" surprised with $34.3 million, or about the same as "Annabelle: Creation" this year.

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