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The Hitman's Bodyguard tops worst US Labor Day weekend since 1990s

Story by Jack Foley

ACTION-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard has remained on top of the US box office for a third weekend.

But while the news was good for that particular release, it was pretty grim for the box office as a whole. Figures for the holiday weekend are estimated to be somewhere between $100 million and $90 million, which marks the worst Labor Day frame since the late 1990s.

The figures cap a generally bad summer for Hollywood, which is counting the cost of several high-profile flops. But it was also self-inflicted by the studios, with no major new releases vying for the top spot this weekend.

That left the way clear for the Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L Jackson star vehicle, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, to remain at the top of the pile relatively unchallenged with an estimated $10.3 million for the three days and $12.3-$13 million for the four.

Horror flick Annabelle: Creation also benefited, earning an estimated $7.4 million for the three days — almost as good as last weekend — for a projected four-day gross of $9.3 million or more.

Murder-mystery Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, earned $5.9 million for the three days and an estimated $7.5 million for the four to place third, while animated family film Leap! took in an estimated $4.9 million and $7 million for a fourth-place finish.

Elsewhere in the US, long-delayed period drama Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander, predictably bombed in its debut, placing only 20th with an estimated $1.2 million for the three days and $1.5 million for the four. The film has had its release delayed following production difficulties.

Even Sony’s re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, timed to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, beat Tulip Fever with a projected four-day gross of $2.3 million.

The first two episodes of ABC and Marvel Television’s Inhumans offers some good news, earning $1.4 million for its four days ahead of its debut on US TV next month.

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