Hollywood has its worst weekend at the box office since September 2001

Kelvin Reese
August 29, 2017

Coming in at the top of the list was Samuel L. Jackson-Ryan Reynolds comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard, which earned $10 million during its second weekend.

"Creation" may technically be leading the domestic box office at the moment, but this weekend is all about Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather - even at the movies.

Horror movie Annabelle: Creation brought in $7.3 million, keeping the second place slot in its third week.

But the entire slate of films grossed only about $65 million in North America and the top 12 films generated just $49.6 million.

Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in one of the most dismal box-office results in 16 years.

The $64 million total box office take - spread over 53 films, including re-releases of Terminator 2 and ultra-low-budget fare - is abysmal.

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The weekend's major new entry, "Leap!" from The Weinstein Company, rounds out the top 3.

The summer box office has been trending down for weeks - this will be the first year since 2006 that the overall total fails to top $4 billion - and the catastrophic weather in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey mixed with Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor fight, which Mayweather, could have factored into this weekend's poor returns.

The real story, however, is the soft overall box office performance.

Jeremy Renner-starring Native American murder-mystery Wind River came in at fourth place with $4.4 million, up from tenth position last week after doubling its cinemas to 2,095. Next week is expected to be just as bad: No new wide releases are scheduled for Labor Day weekend. As the September 21-23 frame in 2001 earned just $59 million overall. It made $2.5 million this weekend, hitting eighth place. The biggest debut was something called Leap! which was originally a French animated film released previous year in Paris and has just a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

One of the few bright spots on the weekend was the expansion of the Weinstein Co.'s "Wind River", Taylor Sheridan's thriller set on an Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

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