Bombing film to premiere at hospital

A new film chronicling the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman will premiere at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated.

Director David Gordon Green tells the Boston Globe the movie Stronger will screen at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on Sept. 12.

The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman and Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany as Bauman’s then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley. It arrives in theaters Sept. 22.

Hurley was running the marathon and Bauman cheering her on when the bombs went off. He lost both legs. The movie is based on his memoir.

Green says many people who treated Bauman play themselves in the movie.

Worst weekend in years at box office

An action-comedy starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds was No. 1 at the box office again, as Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in one of the most dismal showings in 16 years.

An already slow August came to a screeching halt at the multiplex, where no major new releases were unveiled. That left the Jackson-Reynolds flick, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, to top all films for the second week with an estimated $10.1 million in ticket sales.

But the entire slate of films grossed only about $65 million in North America and the top 12 films generated just $49.6 million. There have been similarly slow weekends in recent years, but not since September 2001 have the numbers been quite so dreadful.

Mid-August through early September is historically the sleepiest time of the year for the business, but it’s been especially so this year. August is down a whopping 35 percent from last year, according to comScore. This week is likely to be just as bad: No wide releases are slated for Labor Day weekend.