By Chris Kavan - 09/04/17 at 06:04 PM CT
We bid the summer a final farewell as we have with much of August - with an ultra-sluggish box office. The Labor Day Weekend saw no film open in over 1000 theaters, thus Hollywood was prepared for a slow weekend. Even so, the box office was grim - with the worst Labor Day weekend in 17 years (a bit better than the worst Labor Day Weekend in 20 years that was predicted). That's right, the $51.5 million that top 12 brought in was the lowest Labor Day since 2000, when the top 12 hit only $47 million. Things are going to pick up nicely next weekend, when It is set to break the September opening record, but, for the time being, we'll have to wallow in the doldrums.
1) THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
2) ANNABELLE: CREATION
3) WIND RIVER
5) LOGAN LUCKY
Outside the top five: The re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind topped all newcomers with a $1.765 million weekend (13th place) and $2.3 million (14th place) Labor Day total. This was essentially a push to celebrate its anniversary oh, and also the impending 4K Blu-Ray release. It's already made plenty of money over time (including $15 million during its first re-release), thus an extra $2.3 million is like a little more icing on your cake and for the fans who want to see it on the big screen one more time.
Tulip Fever, which has suffered from numerous delays and such, hardly made a peep with a $1.153 million weekend and $1.401 million holiday (24th and 23rd places for the time frame). It actually came in under the IMAX presentation of the pilot for Inhumans ($1.5 million) as well as the limited release of Hazlo Como Hombre ($1.485 million). That result wasn't unexpected, but one wonders why the Weinstein Company doesn't put these long-on-the-backburner films in a VOD format instead.
In milestone news, Spider-Man: Homecoming earned $4.715 million over the holiday, which boosted it over the $325 million mark (just barely) with a new $235.1 million total. We'll see if it has enough gas to catch up to the original Guardians of the Galaxy ($333 million) before it exits theaters.
Wonder Woman also continued its epic run with $2.48 million (12th place) and a new total of $409.1 million. That makes Wonder Woman the fifth-best super hero film of all time in North America and it also moved up on the all-time list by passing The Hunger Games ($408 million), Captain America: Civil War ($408 million) and Iron Man 3 ($409 million). It still has a good shot of catching Toy Story 3 ($415 million) to wind up at 19th on that list. No matter how you slice it, Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are now arguably two of the most powerful female forces in Hollywood.
It was a bit of a letdown, for sure, but it was never going to be exciting. However, what is going to be exciting is It - which tracking has been only going up, up, up (much like a certain balloon - we all float down here...) and will certainly mark a new September opening record - we'll have to see just by how much. As a counter-measure, Reese Witherspoon's rom-com Home Again also opens for those who aren't interested in a shape-shifting, child-murdering entity.