Practically Nobody Went to the Movies This Weekend

Box office is the lowest in 16 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2017 12:35 PM CDT
Updated Aug 27, 2017 12:49 PM CDT
This image released by The Weinstein Company shows a scene from, "Leap!"    (The Weinstein Company)

(Newser) – Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in the most dismal box-office result in 16 years. An already slow August came to a screeching halt at the multiplex, where no major new releases were unveiled, per the AP. That left the Samuel Jackson-Ryan Reynolds action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard to top all films for the second week with an estimated $10.1 million in ticket sales.

The horror film holdover Annabelle: Creation followed in second with $7.4 million in its third weekend. The Conjuring spinoff has now grossed $77.9 million in total. The Weinstein Co. animated release Leap! was one of the few new films to hit theaters. It earned a scant $5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The entire slate of films grossed only about $65 million, the lowest total since September 2001. (Read more box office stories.)

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