You know how there are some movies you can’t entirely explain why people like, nor can you ever locate anyone who admits to doing so, yet they never seem to go away? That’s me with Gerard Butler’s inexplicably popular …Has Fallen trilogy. I guess we have a gap in the market for Chuck Norris-style patriotic punchy schlock or something. Don’t ask me to explain it when we have so many perfectly good John Wick movies out there demanding our attention. Anyway, Lionsgate scored their second #1 film of 2019 — after John Wick 3 — with Angel Has Fallen. It topped the box office with an estimated $21.25 million this weekend. While that’s a low for the trilogy, it is the first in the franchise to open at the top spot. Praise be for a quiet week.
Sony and AFFIRM’s latest faith-based title, Overcomer, similarly outperformed expectations to take in $8.2 million from a mere 1,723 locations and a $5 million budget. Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not grossed over $7.5 million and is benefitting from very strong reviews as well as a primarily female audience.
The Lion King passed $510 million domestically while Hobbs and Shaw is closing in on $150 million, but the latter’s big boon came with its opening in China. It debuted there with around $102 million, the largest August opening ever in the market and the second-largest opening for the franchise in China. With $588,901,255 to its name, it’s now the ninth highest-grossing movie of 2019 so far.
Amazon paid a staggering $14 million at Sundance for the rights to the comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon. That’s not as much as they bid for Late Night but they’ll certainly be hoping for better results at the box office. In its limited opening to five theaters, the comedy made $175,969, which is very strong, but can they carry that over to a wide release? The year so far has not been great for such movies, a couple of exceptions aside.
Next week, the only vaguely major release is the Blumhouse horror Don’t Let Go, but the week after that, we get Warner Bros. and their first clown movie of the year. It’s a trend, I suppose.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
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