"The Hitman's Bodyguard"
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an action comedy film, stars Ryan Reynolds (left) and Samuel L. Jackson. Photo: Lionsgate Films

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” scared off “Annabelle: Creation” to take the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend, according to estimated figures released Sunday.

The action comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds was projected to take in $21.6 million Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, the industry tracking group comScore reported.

“Annabelle: Creation” took in a estimated $15.5 million in its second weekend in theaters.

The rural heist movie “Logan Lucky” opened in third place with $8 million.

“Dunkirk” made $6.7 million for fourth place. The IMAX epic has proved to be a real warhorse at the box office, taking in $165 million in five weeks.

“Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” was in fifth place with $5.1 million in its second week.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular films in North America, as estimated by the studios and collated by comScore, were “The Emoji Movie” ($4.3 million), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($4.2 million), “Girls Trip” ($3.8 million), “The Dark Tower” ($3.7 million), and “Wind River” ($3 million). “Kidnap” ($5.2 million), “The Glass Castle” (opening with $4.9 million) and “Atomic Blonde” ($4.6 million).

–City News Service

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