The second last weekend of winter has seen three new releases make it into the top five, but just one of them passed $1m on its opening weekend. Just one of those new releases managed to push its screen average above $5,000. The weekend take of $8.85m was down 15% on the previous weekend, which of course means it is another new weekend low for 2017.
#1 Annabelle: Creation $1.52m
Last week’s #1 held top spot with the lack of a spectacular new opening. The horror movie shed 22 screens to 212 yet still managed to easily post the weekend’s best screen average – $7,198. Takings were down 33% from the previous weekend. Since opening the film has amassed $4.58m.
#2 The Dark Tower $1.33m
The best performing new release over the weekend is a sci-fi western based from the books of Stephen King. The lead roles are filled by Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. Aussie model-turned-actor Abbey Lee turns up in the cast as Tirana. The movie opened on 274 screens with a screen average just under $5,000.
#3 Dunkirk $1.10m
Weekend takings were down 36% on the previous weekend as it earned $3,697 from its 300 screens. After five weeks on the box office chart the total gross to-date is $20.69m.
#4 Logan Lucky $914,000
Director Steven Soderbergh‘s heist comedy didn’t quite crack $1m on its opening weekend with a screen average of $3,018 from its 303 screens. The ensemble cast ranges from Adam Driver and Channing Tatum to Katie Holmes, Hillary Swank and Daniel Craig.
#5 Hampstead $738,000
This British drama resembles a chic flick for the older cinemagoer. Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson star, but the appearance of James Norton should lure some younger viewers. The film didn’t prove too much of a magnet on opening though with a screen average of $3,131 from 236 screens.