Universal did well this week with Good Boys, the R-rated comedy, which out-performed expectations to top Hobbs & Shaw (another Universal property) with $21 million. After a Summer of Disney dominating every aspect of the industry and box office, a $21 million opening weekend may not seem all that major in comparison, but that’s the entirety of the movie’s budget so Universal can rest easy. I think the other major studios of Hollywood just have to accept that they’ll never be on Disney’s level and that there’s nothing wrong with making some of the money rather than all of the money.
Speaking of Hobbs & Shaw, the worldwide gross for that one has already passed $437 million, with close to 70% of the movie’s money coming from the foreign box office, which we expect for this franchise. At number three, Lion King is now officially the ninth highest-grossing movie of all time with a nifty $1.435 billion.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 earned surprisingly strong reviews but it seems audiences just weren’t all that keen on a sequel, so the weekend box office gross was a paltry $10.5 million from just under 3,900 theatres. Ouch. Shark survival horror 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was less well-received but with a $9 million weekend gross from a budget of around $12 million, it’s hard to complain. Sometimes, you just need a shark movie.
Blinded By the Light sadly struggled to find an audience, making only $4.45 million and landing at number nine, while Richard Linklater’s comedy Where’d You Go, Bernadette slumped on its debut with only $3.45 million, which won’t help any talk of trouble at Annapurna.
Really, the next couple of weeks are going to be pretty quiet until we head into September, when It: Chapter Two scares us all to death and Oscar season keeps us on edge. That’s unless you’re super revved up for Angel Has Fallen. No judgment if you are!
Speaking of Gerard Butler, that’s next week’s big major release, alongside Christian drama Overcomer, Amazon comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon, and historical biopic Vita and Virginia.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
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