‘Hitman’ shrugs off box-office doldrums to stay on top

(AFP) – For the third consecutive weekend “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” was the top film in North American box offices, but the cinematic scene remained deep in the summer doldrums, website Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The US Labor Day weekend was shaping up to be the worst in 17 years, industry watchers said, noting the lack of any major new releases. But Lionsgate’s “Hitman” managed to take in an estimated $10.3 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, the only movie this summer to cling to the top for three straight weeks.

The action comedy, starring Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard protecting a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson), outperformed Warner Bros.’s horror film “Annabelle: Creation” for the second straight week.

“Annabelle,” part of the popular “Conjuring” franchise of movies, took in $7.3 million, giving it a shot at passing the $100 million mark domestically, website boxofficemojo said.

Crime thriller “Wind River” from Weinstein Co. came in third, taking in an estimated $5.9 million, up from the previous week’s $4.4 million. It stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as federal agents trying to solve a murder on an Indian reservation.

In fourth, also from the Weinstein brothers, was the animated family picture “Leap!” about a young orphan, voiced by Elle Fanning, who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer in 19th century Paris. It netted $4.9 million.

Staying steady at fifth was Steven Soderbergh’s droll action film “Logan Lucky,” which for the second straight week netted $4.4 million. It stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Riley Keough in an unconventional heist comedy set at a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Dunkirk” ($4.1 million)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($3.7 million)

“The Emoji Movie” ($2.5 million)

“Despicable Me 3” ($2.4 million)

“Girls Trip” ($2.3 million)

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