Weekend Box Office (August 23 - 25, 2019)
THIS WEEKEND With the box office suffering its usual end-of-summer slowdown, the top ten sank below $100M for the first time since before the launch of Endgame. It was another action sequel which took over the top spot as Gerard Butler's latest offering Angel Has Fallen debuted on top with an estimated $21.3M. Lionsgate enjoyed a good $6,467 average from 3,286 theaters.
The debut was just a hair below the $21.6M bow of the last film in the series, London Has Fallen from March 2016. Given the franchise fatigue we have seen for so many sequels, this one delivered a solid performance. Audience data showed the crowd to be 51% male and 58% over 30. Reviews were lackluster, but paying moviegoers are enjoying it.
Last week's number one film Good Boys fared well in its second weekend declining by 45% to an estimated $11.8M for Universal. The R-rated pic has collected $42.1M to date and may be headed for a $70M finish. That's a terrific number these days for an original movie.
The faith-based film Overcomer scored a solid opening weekend grossing an estimated $8.2M from 1,723 locations for a good $4,759 average. Sony's new release earned a rare A+ grade from audiences polled by CinemaScore and with its low budget, hopes to use the final summer weeks to become a nice little moneymaker.
Big budget franchise films followed with nearly identical weekend grosses. Final rankings will be decided on Monday. The Lion King eased only 34% in its sixth weekend to an estimated $8.15M. Disney's incredible numbers are now $510.6M domestic (#13 all-time passing Beauty and the Beast), $997.9M international, and $1.51 billion global (#9 all-time).
Universal, which has had a great summer in this Disney-dominated world, continued to do well with Hobbs and Shaw which grossed an estimated $8.14M this weekend, off 43%. Domestic is up to $147.7M. The spin-off worked like gangbusters in China this weekend as its opening there scored a scorching $101.8M pushing overseas to $441.2M and global to $588.9M. Finishing at over $800M is a possibility which would make it the third biggest hit in the Fast and Furious franchise behind parts 7 and 8. The entire nine-film series has grossed an amazing $5.7 billion to date with more installments coming.
The critically acclaimed horror film Ready or Not landed in sixth place in its opening weekend with an estimated $7.6M over the weekend and $10.6M since its mid-week launch. The twisted wedding story averaged $2,644 over three days from 2,855 locations and is playing to an upscale genre audience.
Toon sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 followed with an estimated $6.4M, down 39% in its second weekend. The Sony film has grossed $27.1M in just under two weeks and is running well behind its predecessor which had $75.5M in the bank at the same point. Hit thriller Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fell 40% to an estimated $6M for a solid $50.5M to date for CBS and Lionsgate.
Dropping 39% was Paramount's Dora and the Lost City of Gold with an estimated $5.2M and $43.1M overall. Sony rounded out the top ten with Once Upon A Time in Hollywood which slipped 35% to an estimated $5M in its fifth weekend. The Tarantino film has reached $123.2M domestic surpassing Inglourious Basterds as the director's second highest grossing film ever behind only Django Unchained.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $87.6M which was up 4% from last year when Crazy Rich Asians remained at number one with $24.8M; and up 91% from 2017 when The Hitman's Bodyguard stayed on top with $10.3M.
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|#||Title||Aug 23 - 25||Aug 16 - 18||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Angel Has Fallen||$ 21,380,987||3,286||1||$ 6,507||$ 21,380,987||Lionsgate|
|4||Hobbs and Shaw||8,068,380||14,179,135||-43.1||3,312||4||2,436||147,629,635||Universal|
|5||The Lion King||8,065,231||12,332,687||-34.6||3,300||6||2,444||510,550,966||Disney|
|6||Ready or Not||8,015,590||2,855||1||2,808||11,043,738||Fox Searchlight|
|7||The Angry Birds Movie 2||6,382,267||10,354,073||-38.4||3,869||2||1,650||27,108,630||Sony|
|8||Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark||5,867,926||10,008,009||-41.4||2,927||3||2,005||50,357,128||CBS/Lionsgate|
|9||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||5,331,043||8,567,251||-37.8||2,843||3||1,875||43,230,996||Paramount|
|10||Once Upon A Time in Hollywood||5,005,400||7,681,355||-34.8||2,209||5||2,266||123,192,867||Sony|
|11||47 Meters Down: Uncaged||3,920,632||8,427,265||-53.5||2,883||2||1,360||15,336,579||Ent. Studios|
|12||The Peanut Butter Falcon||2,959,045||287,712||928.5||986||3||3,001||3,678,394||Roadside Attr.|
|13||The Art of Racing in the Rain||2,106,419||4,571,949||-53.9||2,040||3||1,033||21,486,746||Fox|
|14||Blinded By the Light||1,982,086||4,333,305||-54.3||2,307||2||859||8,103,492||Warner Bros.|
|15||Spider-Man: Far From Home||1,682,473||2,801,816||-40.0||1,008||8||1,669||379,751,480||Sony|
|16||Where'd You Go, Bernadette||1,424,237||3,462,308||-58.9||2,306||2||618||6,609,797||UA|
|17||Toy Story 4||1,230,836||2,151,203||-42.8||820||10||1,501||426,734,092||Disney|
|Top 5||$ 57,296,786||$ 68,276,509||-16.1|
|Top 20 vs. 2018||105,141,969||98,436,150||6.8|
Last Updated: August 25, 2019 at 12:45PM ET
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