Meanwhile last weekend's victor, the Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, will tumble to the No. 4 slot with an estimated $7.9 million.
As the summer box office continues to look a fright, the horror movie Annabelle: Creation is on track to debut with an estimated $35 million gross in the USA and Canada this weekend, topping fellow newcomers The Nut Job 2 and The Glass Castle as well as holdovers including Dunkirk and The Dark Tower. This prequel of Annabelle got started with a hot $4 million in Thursday night preview sales, setting the stage for a possibly dominant weekend, as the horror flick earned about a quarter of what last weekend's number one film earned all weekend - on Thursday alone. Trackers had pegged the film for an opening of $27-30 million.
"That we were able to do $35 million in what is a very sluggish marketplace was very impressive", said Jeffrey Goldstein, Warner Bros.' distribution chief. Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto star in the pic that critics have generally given a thumbs up to (it now has a 68 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes). The Insidious franchise had a small opening for the original at $13.3 million, but followed with a second chapter that earned $40.3 million on opening weekend.More news: Champions Chelsea already in trouble?
Down two places, "The Emoji Movie" takes #5 with $6.6 million (cume now $63.6 million). The R-rated pic, which also took in $8.4-M overseas over the weekend for a worldwide tally of $105.6-M, and will soon cross the $100-M mark in North America, just as Edgar Wright's Baby Driver did over the weekend in a win for Sony.
The weekend's other newcomer, the Brie Larson drama The Glass Castle, will crack the top 10 with an estimated $4.9 million.
Lionsgate's (NYSE:LGF) adaptation of Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir about her harrowing childhood, The Glass Castle, placed # 9, according to early estimates. Those are meager earnings, but also a low theater count. The follow-up, from Paramount, a unit if Viacom (NYSE:VIA) and Participant Media, earned $800,000 as it expanded into a total of 556 theaters over the weekend for weak box office of $2.3-M.More news: 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Episode 5 recap: 'Eastwatch'
Neon's "Ingrid Goes West", starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, should make $141,216 from just three locations.
In limited release, the A24 crime thriller "Good Time", starring Robert Pattinson, debuted with a robust $34,000 per-screen average on four screens.
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Per ComScore, overall box office is down 4.1 percent from the same frame from past year. "Annabelle: Creation" is having a similar reception.
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