Labour Day weekend wraps up dismal summer box-office season

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The Lionsgate release with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson at the center should earn $13.4 million from 3,370 locations over the four-day weekend.

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues its solid run, with $3.7 million this weekend which not only kept it in the Top 10 but brought its nine-week total to $324.1 million.

It added that the weekend box office over all, however, was "miserable" at an estimated combined gross of under $55 million, something it said had not happened during a September weekend in more than 20 years. The horror pic earned an estimated $7.4 million for the three days - nearly as good as last weekend - for a projected four-day gross of $9.3 million or more. "Wind River" is expecting an $8 million four-day total from 2,602 spots.

The Weinstein Company's terrific "Wind River" landed in the third place with an estimated 6.6 million US dollars for the 4-day period in its fifth weekend.

The reason the box office was so low this weekend is no movie had a wide release this past Friday.

Interesting post? Please share! Fittingly, the box office ranks remain virtually unchanged from last week with the two films premiering this week, the re-release of Sony's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Weinstein Co.'s Tulip Fever debuting at No. 14 and No. 24, respectively.

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Box office weekend revenue has recovered slightly after what was a record low under $8m on the previous weekend.

Next week Open Road Films releases the romantic comedy Home Again and Warner Bros will release the highly anticipated horror remake of Stephen King's It starring Bill Skarsgard. The animated adventure, Leap!

It would seem to be a fitting end for a sluggish summer that's on track to finish below $4 billion (somewhere around $3.8 billion) for the first time since 2006. Illumination's latest blockbuster earned $2.3 million to raise its USA total to $257.8 million. Many thought it would be the slowest Labor Day in 25 years or more, but traffic at the multiplex was heavier than expected.

Labor Day weekend gets so barren studios like to brush off classics and release them in theaters. (It's in 2,602 locations, all told.) With about $18.2 million through five weekends, it's roughly on par with last year's Sheridan-penned Oscar contender Hell or High Water.

So the film business looks ahead to next weekend when "It" is expected to enter the scene with a bold statement, and potentially reignite what is a marketplace in a dire state.

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