Weekend Box Office Preview: Could 'Annabelle' Scare Off the Dog Days of August?
There have been many empty theaters this summer as sales lag 10% from last year.

Box office revenue is trailing behind last year by as much as 10% and this weekend probably won't be much different, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

But Time Warner (TWX) New Line Cinema's origin horror film "Annabelle: Creation" hopes to scare moviegoers into gear to end the dog days slump. The flick is tracking to open in the $25 million to $30 million range, capitalizing on the success of the "Annabelle" series' previous three hits. It opened to $4 million in pre-show sales Thursday night.

In far less scary theaters, "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" from AMC Entertainment-owned  (AMC) and Regal Entertainment-owned (RGC) Open Road Films will hit 4,300 cinemas. The animated kids film is set to open at about $15 million.

For the more serious crowd, Lionsgate's "The Glass Castle" will roll out in 1,500 locations with an expected $5 million in opening weekend sales. The drama is based on Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir of the same name.

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