I’m back from my vacation and while I missed covering last weekend’s box office results, the past few weekends haven’t been too exciting. The Nun II had taken the top spot at the box office two weeks ago and has now reclaimed that title. A Haunting in Venice fell to third place -after debuting at first- this week against newcomer Expend4bles, but that’s hardly surprising. What’s truly astonishing is that the latest Sylvester Stallone team-up film (which barely features Sly) opened to just $8.3 million in second place. Oof.
Reviews have not been kind to the newest Expendables film and even fans don’t seem interested. It’s a shame that magnificent stars such as Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais can’t quite seem to get a big break in Hollywood, but then being placed into mediocre films isn’t going to help their fame. Opening weekend numbers like this will also not instill confidence in filmgoers or executives.
Elsewhere in the top 10, The Equalizer 3 came in at fourth with $4.7 million. Barbie is hanging on and grabbed another $3.2 million at fifth. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is still trucking in sixth with an extra $6.9 and while it hasn’t done gangbusters, the reported budget of $5 million means this film is quite successful. All around, it’s not bad business but expected.
Here are the top 10 films for the weekend of September 15-21. All totals listed are domestic:
- The Nun II – $8.4 million
- Expend4bles – $8.3 million
- A Haunting in Venice – $6.3 million
- The Equalizer 3 – $4.7 million
- Barbie – $3.2 million
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 – $3 million
- It Lives Inside – $2.6 million
- Dumb Money – $2.5 million
- Blue Beetle – $1.8 million
- Oppenheimer – $1.6 million