'Angel Has Fallen' Tops Labor Day Weekend Box Office as Summer Season Comes to a Close
by Brad Brevet
September 1, 2019
This weekend sees the 2019 summer movie season come to a close with the second worst weekend of the year so far, in which the top twelve generated a combined $69.5 million. The summer performance currently ranks as the eighth largest summer of all-time, in which the domestic box office generated $4.22 billion, down ~4% compared to last year's summer total which actually saw the box office rise considerably compared to the dismal 2017 summer season.
Leading this weekend's charge for a second week in a row was Lionsgate and Millennium's Angel Has Fallen with an estimated $11.57 million. The film is expected to deliver $14.5 million for the four-day holiday, which would bring the domestic cume to $43.6 million by the end of day on Monday.
Universal's Good Boys landed in second, dipping -21% compared to last weekend, bringing in an estimated $9.19 million, pushing the film's domestic cume over $56 million. The film is expected to add another $2.4 million tomorrow for a $11.6 million four-day performance and a $58.5 million domestic cume. The film also added another $2.7 million internationally this weekend for a global cume that now tops $70 million.
Disney's The Lion King brought in an estimated $6.7 million over the weekend and is expected to finish with over $9 million for the four-day holiday frame and a domestic cume topping $523 million. Internationally, the film added another $20.6 million this weekend, pushing the international cume to $1.041 billion for a global tally that now tops $1.56 billion as the film has not passed The Avengers to become the seventh highest grossing global release of all-time.
In fourth is Universal's Hobbs & Shaw dipping -22% and finishing the three-day with an estimated $6.28 million with expectations to deliver $8 million for the four-day holiday and a domestic cume nearing $159 million as it enters its fifth week in release. Internationally, the film added over $39 million this weekend, pushing the overseas cume over $525 million for a global total that now tops $684 million.
Sony's Overcomer rounds out the top five with a $5.7 million three-day, pushing toward a $7.8 million four-day performance and a domestic cume topping $19 million.
As for the weekend's newcomers, OTL and Blumhouse's Don't Let Go debuted with an estimated $2.4 million for the three-day from 922 theaters and is expected to top $3 million for the four-day holiday frame.
Forrest Films's Bennett's War limped across the finish line with an estimated $445,151 and a $459 per theater average from 970 locations. The film is expected to finish the four-day frame with an estimated $580k. The performance ranks as one of the worst opening theater averages ever for a film debuting in over 600 locations.
In limited release, Pantelion's Tod@s Caen opened in 371 locations with an estimated $1.08 million for the three-day ($2,911 PTA) and is expected to deliver $1.35 million for the four-day. Additionally, Blue Fox's Killerman brought in an estimated $150,214 from 322 theaters ($467 PTA); Magnolia's Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins opened in 18 theaters in Texas with an estimated $93,120 ($5,173 PTA); IFC's Official Secrets opened in four theaters with an estimated $80,046 ($20,012 PTA); and 1091's Before You Know It opened in three locations with an estimated $27,000 ($9,000 PTA).
Next weekend the fall box office season gets underway with WB's release of It: Chapter Two debuting in over 4,400 locations and hoping to improve on the monster success of the first film, which launched with over $123 million back in September 2017.
You can check out all of this weekend's three-day estimated results right here and four-day estimates here. We'll make updates to the estimates on Monday morning, followed by full three and four-day actuals on Tuesday afternoon.
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