'Annabelle: Creation' likely to claim top spot at box office

'The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature', 'The Glass Castle' also set to open

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer
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SAN ANTONIO - Another week, another movie likely to claim the box office title. This time, the horror prequel "Annabelle: Creation" appears set to rule movie theaters.

The latest horror movie is the prequel to 2014's "Annabelle", and is the fourth film in "The Conjuring" film series. It is expected to make $25 to $30 million according to studio estimates.

The movie is about a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife in the 1950s, who following the death of their daughter invite to their home a collection of orphans and a nun.

"Annabelle: Creation" opens in 3,502 theaters and has an approval rating of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango.com says the movie is ahead of the original "Annabelle" which ended up with an impressive $37.1M opening and is already ahead of last year's horror success "Don't Breathe" (which had a $26.4M opening).

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"The Dark Tower", the movie based on an eight-part Stephen King fantasy series and stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, claimed the top spot last week with just over $19 million. This week however the movie could fall significantly.

Also entering theaters this weekend are "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature", which has only a 20-percent favorable score on Rotten Tomatoes and the drama "The Glass Castle", a movie based on Jeannette Walls' 2005 memoir of the same name.

 "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" is debuting in 4,003 theaters yet, according to estimates, is only likely to make $10 million to $12 million. The movie appears to be competing with both "The Dark Tower" and Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk" for second place.

"The Glass Castle" is about Walls and her unconventional childhood which ultimately paved her way to her eventual success. Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson also star. The movie is projected to only make $5 million in ticket sales and has a 48% “fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here's a look at all the latest films (with their trailer) that were released for the weekend of August 11.

And don't forget to look for the latest article each week to see what else will be playing at the movies.

Annabelle: Creation

Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife Esther are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple lost their 7-year-old daughter Annabelle in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one of the girls finds a seemingly innocent doll that seems to have a life of its own. (Google synopsis)

The movie is 1 hour and 49 minutes is rated R. 

You can view the trailer below or by clicking here.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Surly (Will Arnett) the squirrel and his animal friends spring into action when the evil mayor (Bobby Moynihan) of Oakton plans to bulldoze the park that they live in. (Google synopsis)

This film is 1 hour and 35 minutes and is rated PG.

You can view the trailer by clicking here.

The Glass Castle

Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children's brilliant and charismatic father captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want to take on the work of raising a family. (Google synopsis)

The film is 2 hours and 7 minutes and is rated PG-13.

You can view the trailer below or by clicking here.

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