Initial Reaction: Video Review - ANNABELLE: CREATION

This week for Initial Reaction Charles and I were both unable to make it to the theater on Thursday to view the first screenings of the week's new releases, but thankfully we have a dedicated crew that was willing to help out and fill in during this time of need. The guys, who include Cody and Drew, have filled in for us before on such films as Hardcore Henry and the last Resident Evil film, but this time we were asking them to see what could potentially be one of the scariest movies of the year in Annabelle: Creation. These guys were up to the task and did us a solid and hopefully you'll reward their work by hitting the jump below and watching their review as well as subscribing! As for how the latest feature in the Conjuring cinematic universe did at the box office...well, it was pretty much the only game in town this weekend. Opening wide against the Brie Larson/Woody Harrelson/Naomi Watts drama The Glass Castle and Open Road's The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature which scored only $8.9 million in its opening weekend, Annabelle: Creation brought in an estimated $35 million or almost $24 million more than the runner-up. Being the fourth in this franchise launched by James Wan's 2013 original each of these films has continued to deliver despite the previous Annabelle film being a critical dud. It also doesn't hurt that Warner Bros. budgeted this latest outing at just $15 million meaning the film has more than doubled its production budget in its first weekend. Director David F. Sandberg scored a solid hit with last summer's Lights Out bringing in $67.2 million on a $5 million budget along with good reviews so consider him a shoo-in for that Shazam! directing gig. The aforementioned The Glass Castle was only able to conjure (hah!) an opening weekend of $4.87 million from 1,461 theaters for an average of $3,337 per location. While slightly lower than expected the silver lining is the film played well to those who did see it as the film received an "A-" CinemaScore. In other news, both Dunkirk and Girls Trip continued to hold over well as they've now made $363.6 million and $105.6 million worldwide, respectively. In other news, Baby Driver passed $100 million domestically-Edgar Wright's first film to do so while The Dark Tower fell 59% in its sophomore weekend bringing in only $7.87 million for a domestic total of $34.3 million and a global cume of $53.6 million. As always, be sure to follow the official Initial Reaction YouTube channel as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where you can find a new review (or reviews) each week!

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