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“Angel Has Fallen” Reaches Franchise High and Low in Slow Weekend

The past few months at the box office have been fascinating. After the threepeat weekend of “Avengers: Endgame” five movies shared the top spot over the next five weekends before “Toy Story 4” sparked a streak of four consecutive two-week winners. Last week “Hobbs & Shaw” failed to break the two-week streak and earn and threepeat of its own when “Good Boys” earned a week at the top creating potential for a fifth consecutive two-week winner. Like last weekend, this weekend’s results were anybody’s guess. “Good Boys” was a surprising hit, but new entries from Lionsgate and Fox showed plenty of potential to supersede the Universal comedy and finally break the two-week streak. Let’s see if “Good Boys” earned enough sophomore support to score a second week at the top or if a new film was able to rule in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.

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It wasn’t even close. “Good Boys” dropped to second with an $11.75 million second weekend officially putting to end the run of two-week box office winners spanning back to mid-June. Fittingly the Universal comedy fell to the latest entry in the “Fallen” franchise with Lionsgate scoring its second number one of 2019 with “Angel Has Fallen”. Lionsgate seems to be having good luck with sequels this year as their previous number one was another third entry in an action franchise “John Wick 3”. “Angel Has Fallen” became the first film in the franchise, which includes “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen”, to earn a number one debut after the previous entries lost out to animated hits “The Croods” and “Zootopia” respectively. “Angel Has Fallen” had much less impressive competition and earned the top spot with a franchise-low $21.25 million. You can read my review of the sequel by clicking here. Another new film, the religious feature “Overcomer”, debuted in third with $8.2 million while “The Lion King” live-action remake and “Hobbs & Shaw” rounded out the top five. “Hobbs & Shaw” added to its worldwide total in a big way with a debut in China earning $102 million for the largest August opening ever in the country and the second-largest opening of the franchise in that region.

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Coming in sixth was Fox Searchlight’s newest entry “Ready or Not”, a surprisingly good horror thriller that gained respect from both critics and audiences but was unable to drum up quite enough buzz to enter the top five. “Ready or Not” ended the three-day weekend with $7.55 million but scored a nearly $11 million debut overall after opening on Tuesday night. You can read my review of “Ready or Not” by clicking here. Looking at the rest of the top ten “The Angry Birds Movie 2” fell out of the top five with a seventh-place finish in its second weekend. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” rounded out the top ten. “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”, “Blinded By the Light” and “The Art of Racing in the Rain” were all bumped from the top ten while “The Peanut Butter Falcon” was able to earn a twelfth place finish and $3 million in its expansion to nearly 1,000 theaters.

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Next weekend will be another interesting race for the top as the horror title “Don’t Let Go” serves as the only mainstream competition for the carryovers. OTL Releasings and Blumhouse Tilt will release the supernatural thriller in an undisclosed number of theaters leaving the potential for either another repeat winner in “Angel Has Fallen”, a surprise winner with the new film or a return to the top spot for a different carryover production. We’ll see how this all plays out after the Labor Day weekend.

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