HOLLYWOOD—I must say summer 2017 has been full of somewhat odd surprises at the box-office. The later month of August typically sees many of the movie studios unleash those films that they know are bad and don’t expect to do so well in theaters or with audiences. Well, the weekend wasn’t explosive, but another flick has risen to the top spot. The action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds took first place with an impressive $21.6 million. To be honest, I absolutely expected this movie to bomb with audiences.

Last week’s box-office champion, “Annabelle: Creation” fell to second place earning just over $15.5 million to bring its domestic tally to over $64 million in just 2 weeks in theaters. Nabbing third place was the action comedy “Logan Lucky” with a disappointing $8.1 million. Christopher Nolan’s war drama “Dunkirk” rose to fourth place this week adding $6.7 million to its tally. So far the film has earned over $165 million since its release in July.

Rounding out the top five was the animated sequel, “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” with just over $5 million. The raunchy comedy “Girls Trip” officially crossed the $100 million mark at the box-office this weekend. Next weekend sees the official end of the summer box-office and there are no major releases expect for the animated film “Leap.” With that being said, I’m officially hoping summer 2018 delivers far more fanfare because there were more disappointments and flops this summer at the box-office than I can remember in the past decade.