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Box office report: Hitman's Bodyguard bumps off Logan Lucky

Another sluggish weekend, but ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Girls Trip’ hit milestones

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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson’s R-rated action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard will survive the box office competition on another down summer weekend, grossing an estimated $21.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and debuting in the No. 1 spot. In doing so, the Lionsgate release is on track to top last week’s winner, Annabelle: Creation, and fellow newcomer Logan Lucky, Steven Soderbergh’s first film in four years.

Starring Reynolds as an “executive protection agent” tasked with safely escorting a top assassin (Jackson) to testify against a dictator, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is poised to slightly exceed industry projections, which had pegged it in the $15 million to $20 million range. That said, it also represents one of the lower first-place openings this year.

The film, directed by Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes, has not impressed critics — it’s currently rated 39% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes — but moviegoers gave it a B-plus CinemaScore, indicating decent word-of-mouth prospects.

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It’s a different story for the weekend’s other new release, Logan Lucky, which will slide into third place with an estimated $8.1 million.

Marking Soderbergh’s return to filmmaking from a self-imposed retirement, the Nascar-themed heist comedy has garnered excellent reviews (93% fresh) and boasts a star-studded cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, and Riley Keough. But the film hasn’t quite resonated with audiences, who gave it a middling B CinemaScore.

Soderbergh bypassed the studio system to get Logan Lucky into theaters, launching Fingerprint Releasing and teaming with indie label Bleecker Street to distribute the movie.

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In between the newcomers is Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. and New Line’s fourth installment in the Conjuring franchise, which is on pace to earn an estimated $15.5 million this weekend. That figure marks a second-weekend drop of 56 percent — somewhat steep, though on par with the original Annabelle — and it brings the horror flick’s domestic total to $64 million after 10 days in theaters.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk and Open Road’s animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature round out the weekend’s top five, grossing an estimated $6.7 million and $5.1 million, respectively.

Amid a summer season that has at times lacked for hits, two movies are set to cross box office milestones this weekend: Universal’s comedy Girls Trip will surpass $100 million in North American theaters, and Warner Bros’. superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman will crack $800 million worldwide.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 5 percent from the same frame from last year. Check out the Aug. 18-20 figures below.

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $21.6 million
2. Annabelle: Creation — $15.5 million
3. Logan Lucky — $8.1 million
4. Dunkirk — $6.7 million
5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature — $5.1 million
6. The Emoji Movie — $4.4 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $4.3 million
8. Girls Trip — $3.8 million
9. The Dark Tower — $3.7 million
10. Wind River — $3 million