And again two animated features roost in the Top Ten, though neither is setting turnstile whirling at a high rate of speed. ...
THREE DAY GROSSES
1.). Annabelle: Creation (NL/WB), 3,502 theaters / $15M Fri. (includes $4M previews) / 3-day cume: $36.7M /Wk 1
2.) Dunkirk (WB), 3,762 theaters (+252)/ $3.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $10.8M (-37%)/Total: $153.1M/Wk 4
3.). The Nut Job 2 (OR), 4,003 theaters / $3M Fri. (includes $330k previews) / 3-day cume: $8.7M /Wk 1
4.). The Dark Tower (SONY/MRC), 3,451 theaters (0)/ $2.3M Fri. (-70%) / 3-day cume: $7.5M (-61%)/Total: $33.9M/Wk 2
5). Girls Trip (UNI), 2,303 theaters (-279) / $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $6.4M (-44%)/Total: $97.1M/Wk 4
6.). The Emoji Movie (SONY), 3,219 theaters (-856) / $1.9M Fri./ 3-day cume: $6.1M (-49%) /Total: $63.1M/Wk 3
7). Spider-Man: Homecoming (SONY/MARVEL), 2,607 theaters (-509)/ $1.7M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5.8M (-34%)/Total: $306.2M/Wk 6
8/9). Kidnap (AVR), 2,418 theaters (+40) / $1.47M Fri. (-61%) / 3-day cume: $5M (-50%)/ Total: $19.2M/Wk 2
The Glass Castle (LG), 3,502 theaters / $1.65M Fri. / 3-day cume: $5M /Wk 1
10). Atomic Blonde (FOC), 2,093 theaters (-1,233)/ $1.27M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.3M (-47%) /Total $42.5M/Wk 3
Why Nut Job 2? BecauseNut Job Number One grossed a hair under $121 million at the global box office on a budget of $42 million three-plus years ago. (The animation production dollar stretches a wee bit farther in South Korea, where it was made).
This is not major money in the Pixar/Disey/DreamWorks universe, but when you consider that Disney's Meet the Robinsons made $169 million ten years ago, and that Nut Job made triple its production cost, you can understand why they made a sequel. There's a lot of indie animated features out in the wider world, and many of them go into profits.
The original NJ grossed $19 million domestically on its opening weekend. The sequel will collect less than half that. Where its worldwide totals end up is an open question, but they will be lower in the U.S./Canadian market. Can the rest of the world make up the difference? We'll find out.