The Bottom Line: August 11, 2017
This weekend sees the return of Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Crettin and that creepy little doll Annabelle. Find out how they will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!
Box Office Top Five
The Dark Tower managed to top the box office despite overwhelmingly mediocre reviews. It took in $19.2 million, which is not great for a film that’s supposed to launch a whole series of movies and TV shows. It just narrowly beat Dunkirk, which dropped to number two with $17.2 million. The Emoji Movie continues to take a poop emoji on the box office by taking third place with $12.1 million. Girls Trip took fourth with $11.5 million, and finally Kidnap somehow managed to crack the top five with $10.1 million.
A Closer Look at Some of this Week’s Films.
Annabelle: Creation (R) 109 mins.
Outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, it seems the only studio-driven film universe that is achieving any real measure of success is, surprisingly, the Conjuring universe. Both Conjuring films are great and did well at the box office, and Annabelle, the spinoff of the first film, also did good business despite terrible reviews. Other films like The Conjuring 3, a Crooked Man film, and a Creepy Nun movie are all in the works, but now we have the sequel to that first spinoff – or rather, the prequel.
But the studio seems to have learned from its mistakes with the first film. David F. Sandberg was hired to direct this one after last summer’s Lights Out turned out to be a hit (that movie was also produced by James Wan, director of the Conjuring films and my most-trusted name in horror right now). And the reviews have mostly been pretty solid this time around, so that’s always a plus.
And, in the incredibly specific subgenre of “well-received prequels to terrible horror films featuring child actress Lulu Wilson as a potentially possessed kid,” Annabelle: Creation marks the second entry after last year’s Ouija: Origin of Evil (sidenote: that movie is dope). I predict this takes number one at the box office, since horror is always a draw and I have no reason to doubt the Conjuringverse yet.
The Glass Castle (PG-13) 127 mins.
The reunion of Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Crettin and star Brie Larson should be something to get pretty excited about, but based on reviews (and its melodramatic trailer), The Glass Castle falls short. It does have a great cast that includes Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, but I doubt audiences are going to flock to this movie. I am going to predict that it opens in fourth place.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG) 86 mins.
No. Just no. Listen, if you’re planning on going to see The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, more power to you. But I would wager good money that not a single person reading this website has any plans to do so, and I’d also guess that most of you didn’t know it was a thing. To those people who didn’t know, man do I wish I could be in your shoes. Will this movie do well? I don’t know, do kids still like The Nut Job? Did they ever? Who knows man, kids like The Emoji Movie. What can you do? I’ll say it doesn’t crack the top five.
The Bottom Line
Annabelle: Creation will take first place, while Dunkirk will stay right where it is at number two. The Dark Tower will drop to third, and The Glass Castle will open in fourth. The Emoji Movie will take fifth place, and hopefully that’s the last time we’ll ever have to think about it again.
Movies To Look Forward To:
The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Shot Caller (August 18th)
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