Annabelle: Creation scares off competition with $35 million debut


As the summer box office continues to look a fright, the horror movie Annabelle: Creation is on track to debut with an estimated $35 million gross in the USA and Canada this weekend, topping fellow newcomers The Nut Job 2 and The Glass Castle as well as holdovers including Dunkirk and The Dark Tower. The film is set in The Conjuring series of films, and is the second Annabelle film and fourth in the series. Nevertheless, $35 million represents a strong start for a chiller that cost a modest $15 million to make.

Sandberg directed the sequel about a dollmaker whose creation terrorizes a group of orphan girls. 2014's "The Nut Job" debuted at #3 with $19.4 million. That's an impressive hold for the war film, which has already garnered Oscar buzz.

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Rounding out the 10 most-popular films in North America, as estimated by the studios and collated by comScore, were "The Dark Tower" ($7.9 million), "The Emoji Movie" ($6.6 million), "Girls Trip" ($6.5 million), "Spider- Man: Homecoming" ($6.1 million), "Kidnap" ($5.2 million), "The Glass Castle" (opening with $4.9 million) and "Atomic Blonde" ($4.6 million). It'll be interesting to see how the box office gets shaken up next week when The Hitman's Bodyguard and Logan Lucky open next week. Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto star in the pic that critics have generally given a thumbs up to (it now has a 68 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes). The sci-fi production, based on best-selling novels by horror/fantasy master Stephen King and starring Tom Taylor and Idris Elba, tells about a boy trying to save the world from enemies including bad guy Matthew McConaughey. While this isn't stellar for the film, it is a good sign that audiences liked it better than critics, giving it an A- CinemaScore compared to a 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Elsewhere, this weekend's other new release, the Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson-starring The Glass Castle, hit right around expectations in limited release, pulling in $4.8 million from 1,461 theaters. If you're wondering, in terms of domestic box office it's second only to Disney's live-action Beauty And The Beast remake, which cleared over $500M during its run earlier this year (!).