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World Box Office, Aug 7 – Aug 13, 2017

This weekend was all about a killer doll as New Line’s Annabelle: Creation took over the US box office and finished first with $35 million. This origin story to their wildly successful The Conjuring series gets into the background of how the doll was made and picked up its terrible curses that result in a torturous death for anybody unlucky enough to own it. Series director David F. Sandberg returns to take the reigns wile a whole new cast signs on for this prequel. Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto play a married couple of doll makers. When they take in a nun and six orphans, one of the little girls unlocks an ancient trunk in the nun’s quarters and unleashes a demon, which ends up lodged in a doll that had been given to one of the girls.

Overseas Annabelle equaled its domestic opening with a $35 million take from its 39 foreign territories. The biggest among these was South Korea with $6.7 million. A surprise success in Indonesia brought $3.9 million, while a semi-limited release in France on 262 screens brought $2.8 million. Next is the UK where it made $2.6 million, followed by Russia where the film opened to $2.3 million. Majors Mexico, Germany, Spain and Japan will have releases stretching until mid October and give Annabelle a chance to summon profits from the world’s theaters for another three months.

Back in the US the next biggest wide release was animated animal adventure Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. This wacky cartoon about a bright purple Italian-American squirrel and a mentally challenged pug made $8.9 million in its opening weekend. The film features the voices of Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and Jackie Chan, and is about a group of angry rodents trying to stop a plan to turn Central Park into a concrete covered amusement center. It begins its overseas launch this week with stops in Croatia, Hungary and Poland.

While the US box office may have been slow, especially for the height of box office season, across the Pacific in China sales are roaring. Local super hit Wolf Warriors 2 made $83 million in its third weekend in theatres to reach a cume of $700 million. Its now the highest grossing film ever in the PRC and is in the top three for single market sales worldwide, just behind Avatar’s $760.5 million North American gross. It could feasibly pass it up within three weeks, though Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $936 million single market record is well out of reach.

Still in China new detective story Guilty of Mind made $24.1 million in its opening weekend, while Hong Kong action flic The Adventurers made $22.5 million in the great land of plenty just North of its semi-autonomous territory.

One piece of good news for the US film industry this weekend was Baby Driver’s passing $100 million at the domestic box office. It’s gone in and out of theatres since its release seven weeks ago, and will make another push into full wide release on August 25.

Next weekend action we’ll see the debut of comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Steven Soderbergh’s NASCAR heist flic Logan Lucky, and Fox Searchlight’s widely acclaimed white girl rapper drama Patti Cake$.

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