'Hitman's Bodyguard' Shoots to No. 1 at Box Office, 'Logan Lucky' Is Not So Fortunate
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The action comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds tops the domestic chart this weekend, while fellow newcomer 'Logan Lucky' has a soft debut at No. 3.

AceShowbiz - "The Hitman's Bodyguard" hit the target. The R-rated action comedy beat the competition to top North American box office on its first weekend with an estimated $21.6 million. Despite exceeding industry projections of $16 million - $19 million, the movie's opening gross is one of the lower first-place openings this year.

"We're very pleased," says David Spitz, president of theatrical distribution for Lionsgate. "The audience reaction to the film has been fantastic. And we have a clear runway through the rest of August into September."

Critics didn't give much love to "Hitman's Bodyguard" which is starring %cSamuel L. Jackson% and %cRyan Reynolds%, giving it 39|percent| fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It, however, is better received by audience, who graded it B+ on CinemaScore.

On the other hand, fellow newcomer "Logan Lucky" bombed at box office. The heist comedy from director Steven Soderbergh only earned an estimated $8 million despite glowing reviews (93|percent| fresh) from critics.

Boasting an all-star cast which includes %cChanning Tatum%, %cAdam Driver%, %cDaniel Craig%, %cSeth MacFarlane%, %cKatie Holmes% and %cHilary Swank%, it places third behind last week's champion "Annabelle: Creation". Audience gave it a middling B CinemaScore.

The "Annabelle" sequel adds approximately $15.5 million to its domestic tally, or dropping 55.7|percent| from last weekend. "Dunkirk" and "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" move down two slots each, with approximately $6.7 million (dropping 38.4|percent|) and $5.1 million (dropping 38.7|percent|), respectively, to round out the top five.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for August 18-20:

  1. "The Hitman's Bodyguard" - $21.6 million
  2. "Annabelle: Creation" - $15.5 million
  3. "Logan Lucky" - $8 million
  4. "Dunkirk" - $6.7 million
  5. "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" - $5.1 million
  6. "The Emoji Movie" - $4.3 million
  7. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" - $4.2 million
  8. "Girls Trip" - $3.8 million
  9. "The Dark Tower" - $3.7 million
  10. "Wind River" - $3 million

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