'Angel Has Fallen' Rises to Weekend #1 as 'Hobbs & Shaw' Delivers in China Bow
by Brad Brevet
August 25, 2019
Lionsgate and Millennium's Angel Has Fallen outperformed expectations with a strong #1 debut, nearly matching its predecessor and giving Lionsgate its second #1 film of the year after John Wick 3. Also over-performing was Sony and AFFIRM's Overcomer while Universal's Hobbs & Shaw debuted in China with the largest August opening ever in the market.
With an estimated $21.25 million, Lionsgate and Millennium's Angel Has Fallen topped the weekend box office, delivering a debut just shy of the $21.6 million opening for the previous installment in the Fallen franchise, London Has Fallen. To that point, while the film's opening weekend is the smallest in the franchise, it is the first to debut at #1 after both of the previous installments landed in the runner-up position, opening against major animated titles over their respective weekends. Angel had no such competition, debuting in the latter portion of August where box office performances are typically lighter.
Looking ahead, the film joined its predecessors earning an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and that opinion was also reflected in its RottenTomatoes audience score, which came in at 94%. The opening weekend audience was 51% male with 58% of the audience coming in aged 30 years or older.
Universal's R-rated comedy Good Boys landed in second with an estimated $11.75 million, dipping just -45% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now stands at $42 million. Internationally the film is playing in 22 markets where it brought in an estimated $3.5 million this weekend for an overseas cume just shy of $7 million and a global tally that stands at $49 million.
Sony and AFFIRM's Overcomer outperformed all expectations, opening with an impressive $8.2 million from just 1,723 locations. The performance is the third largest opening for a film from faith-based filmmakers the Kendrick brothers, whose last film, War Room grossed over $67 million following an $11.3 million debut in 2015. Like the Kendricks' previous films, it was well received by opening weekend audiences, which gave the film an "A+" CinemaScore and a 99% audience score on RottenTomatoes, suggesting another long run at the domestic box office for one of their films.
Disney's The Lion King dipped just -35% as it enters its sixth week in release with an estimated $8.2 million three-day. The monster hit has now delivered over $510 million domestically. Internationally, the film's overseas cume is now just shy of reaching $1 billion after adding another $30 million this weekend from 56 markets. Overall the film's overseas cume now stands at $997.9 million for a global performance that not tops $1.5 billion, maintaining its spot as the ninth largest global release ever.
Rounding out the top five is Universal's Hobbs & Shaw, which brought in an estimated $8.1 million for a domestic cume that now tops $147 million as it enters its fourth week in release. The big news for the film, however, comes from overseas where it debuted in China with an estimated $102 million, the largest August opening ever in the market and the second largest opening for the franchise in China behind The Fate of the Furious. Overall, the film's international weekend topped $120 million for a $441.2 million overseas cume and a global tally that now stands at $588.9 million.
Just outside the top five in sixth position is Fox Searchlight's Ready or Not, which debuted on Wednesday and entered the weekend with just over $3 million after its first two days in release. Over the weekend the film played in 2,855 locations and brought in an estimated $7.55 million for a five day performance just shy of $11 million. While a bit light compared to industry expectations, the film has excellent reviews and received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which is a solid response for a film within the horror/thriller genre. Postrack reports the film's audience was 53% female with 79% of the crowd coming in under the age of 35.
Elsewhere, finishing in twelfth position, is Roadside's The Peanut Butter Falcon, which expanded into 991 locations (+942) this weekend and brought in an estimated $3 million.
In limited release, Amazon Studios debuted Brittany Runs a Marathon in five locations with an estimated $175,696 ($35,194 PTA); Roadside's Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles opened in seven locations with an estimated $35,601 ($5,085 PTA); Music Box's Give Me Liberty opened in three theaters with an estimated $33,391 ($11,130 PTA); Abramorama's Miles Davis: Birth of Cool brought in an estimated $17,580 from one location; and IFC's Vita & Virginia debuted in one theater with an estimated $4,047.
Next weekend sees the release of OTL's Don't Let Go, which Blumhouse has yet to reveal just how wide they'll be going with the horror title.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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