'Annabelle: Creation' Conjures Surprise $35 Million at Box Office

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 14, 2017

If, after multiple onscreen appearance, you thought the evil little doll at the center of Annabelle: Creation had worn out its welcome with audiences, think again: the WB/New Line joint easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend, opening with an estimated $35M.

This hasn't exactly been a banner summer for Hollywood at the box office, which - with the exception of unstoppable blockbuster "Wonder Woman" and a few others - has largely been a summer of disappointments, with high-profile releases such as "Baywatch" "The Emoji Movie", Luc Besson's big-budget "Valerian" and the Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower" among the many flicks to flop.

The same studio's "Dunkirk" continues to show strong during its fourth weekend, as it holds on to second place. "Annabelle: Creation" is having a similar reception.

Holding steady in second place is Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, which is set to take in an estimated $11.4 million over its fourth weekend in theaters. That is to say, the box office continues to slip behind, and the summer of hell is only getting hotter. At this point, it's doubtful if the film will even remain in the top five by next week. The original film opened in October of 2014 to $37M so this is an impressive debut.

Reviews have been mixed to positive for the film, which now has a 68 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave it a CinemaScore of B. The story centers on a grieving dollmaker and his wife with a haunted past who welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home.

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He got beat another time on what should've been a touchdown but Arizona backup quarterback Drew Stanton overthrew the pass. Lee, a fifth-round pick, was constantly getting blown out of run plays and chasing from behind in coverage on pass plays.

Opening quietly in third with $8.9 million from 4,003 screens was the Open Road Films cartoon The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. The box office was down 31.6 percent from the same weekend previous year, when Seth Rogen's "Sausage Party" opened and "Suicide Squad" was No. 1 despite brutal reviews. They chose to release a sequel into an ultra-wide 4,003 theaters and The Nut Job 2 crashed and burned on impact with an estimated $8.9M for a per screen average of only $2,232.

In limited release, the A24 crime thriller "Good Time", starring Robert Pattinson, debuted with a robust $34,000-per-screen average on four screens.

In sixth is Girls Trip.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming", $6.1 million ($12.4 million international).

Drama The Glass Castle debuts in ninth with $4.8 million in its first three days. With $7.9 million from 3,451 locations, the movie looks to slip 59 percent from its first frame.

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