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Marking the worst summer weekend over the last two years, action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate) led the pack. The Top Ten grossed $81 million, $10 million less than the second worst weekend (late August 2016). The year-to-date comparison is widening, with grosses now down five per cent compared to the same date last year. That will increase until after Labor Day, with summer already down substantially more.

A post-“DeadpoolRyan Reynolds enhanced the appeal of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which co-starred Samuel L. JacksonGary Oldman and Salma Hayek; they lucked out with little competition.

The other wide release, Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” (Bleecker Street) managed less than 40 per cent as much business – around $8 million – despite getting far more media attention pre-release  as well as strong reviews for a mass audience film. Its strong ensemble cast (Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough) failed to click, with its »


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