For the first time in 25 years, there aren't any new major releases on the holiday marquee.


The Labor Day box office is no picnic, capping a difficult summer that saw revenue and attendance plummet.

The four-day holiday weekend is expected to come in between $90 million-$100 million, down more than 22 percent from 2016 and the worst Labor Day frame since the late 1990s. The culprit? There weren't any new wide releases. At the same time, it could have been much worse. Many thought it would be the slowest Labor Day in 25 years or more, but traffic at the multiplex was heavier than expected. (Hollywood may have abandoned Labor Day, but consumers didn't.)

The Hitman's Bodyguard, Lionsgate's action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, benefited from the lack of competition by earning as much in its third outing as it did last weekend, grossing an estimated $10.3 million for the three days and $12.3-$13 million for the four. (Revised four-day numbers will be released Monday.)

Annabelle: Creation likewise benefited. The horror pic earned 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.

The holiday weekend brought mixed news for Harvey Weinstein's film shop. Specialty crime thriller Wind River earned a pleasing $5.9 million for the three days and an estimated $7.5 million for the four to place No. 3, while animated family film Leap! took in an estimated $4.9 million and $7 million for a fourth-place finish, respectively.

However, TWC's long-delayed Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander, bombed in its debut in 765 locations. The movie placed No. 20 with an estimated $1.2 million for the three days and $1.5 million for the four.

Sony's rerelease of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, timed to the film's 40th anniversary, beat Tulip Fever with a projected four-day gross of $2.3 million from 901 locations.

And the first two episodes of ABC and Marvel Television's Inhumans in 380 Imax theaters is projected to earn $1.4 million for the four days domestically. The comic book adaptation, which premieres in the U.S. next month, is also playing in hundreds of Imax theaters overseas, opening to an estimated $2.5 million globally.

Elsewhere, Amazon Studios and Lionsgate's The Big Sick summer's most successful indie film prospered as it returned to 1,270 locations, earning an estimated $1.8 million for the four days for a domestic total of $41.3 million.

By the time Labor Day weekend wraps, summer box-office revenue is expected to finish at $3.8 billion, down more than 15 percent over summer 2016, according to comScore. That's the steepest decline in modern times, eclipsing the 14.6 percent dip in 2014. Attendance also plummeted, down an estimated 18 percent. Official summer stats will be released on Monday or Tuesday.

Year-to-date, revenue is down 5.7 percent domestically. Overseas, however, international box-office revenue is up nearly 4 percent so far this year.


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