BO report: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ topples ‘Dunkirk’

14 August, 2017 by Staff Writer

Anthony LaPaglia in ‘Annabelle: Creation’. 

Annabelle: Creation, the latest chapter in Warner Bros’ successful horror franchise The Conjuring, opened on top of both the Australian and US box office last weekend.

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It continues the incredible career of Melbourne filmmaker James Wan who, after creating the Saw franchise with friend Leigh Whannell, directed the first two Conjuring films and produced the spin-offs Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. Wan is currently filming Aquaman on the Gold Coast for Warner Bros.

The low-budget horror film, starring Australians Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia, opened with $2.287 million from 231 screens, its screen average of $9,903 almost double WB stablemate Dunkirk’s $5,129 per screen in its fourth week. The Christopher Nolan war film earned $1.728 million for a total of $18.999 million, which will see it move among the year’s top ten films this week.

In North America, Annabelle: Creation also topped the weekend with a gross of $US35.04 million ahead of the Dunkirk’s $US11.4 million.

In Oz, the top 20 titles’ receipts rang in $10.4 million, down 6 per cent on the previous weekend, according to the Motion Pictures Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Universal’s Despicable Me 3, third for the year, added $156,494 for a $32.425 million total and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming added another $297,646 for $25.211 million (seventh overall in 2017).

Luc Besson’s sci-fi fantasy, Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, was the weekend’s other major new release, opening with $1.259 million from 433 screens to rank third for the weekend. Icon’s arthouse film, Wind River, opened with $218,590 on 67 screens.

Doug Liman’s sniper thriller starring John Cena, The Wall, bombed on limited release for Roadshow Films with $22,158 from 32 screens. And the Al Gore-led environmental documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power earned $73,740 in its first weekend on 70 screens, bringing its total to $157,697. The original An Inconvenient Truth earned $4.19 million in 2006.

Indian films continued to work, with Toilet Ek Prem Katha earning $120,839 from 16 screens and Velaiyilla Pattathari 2 taking $78,499 on 19 screens. Chinese box office champ Wolf Warrior 2 remained in the top ten with another $383,902 this weekend lifting its Australian box office to $1.3 million.

Among other major films, War For The Planet of the Apes ranked fourth for the weekend with $1.055 million bringing its total to $8.867 million and Universal’s Atomic Blonde added another $900,000 for $3.683 million overall. Romantic comedy The Big Sick held well with $822,571 in its second week of release, only dropping 25 per cent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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