Angel Has Fallen Tops Labor Day Weekend
The box office saw its second-worst weekend of the year over the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2), with studios not opening any major new wide releases as the summer box office came to a close. That allowed Lionsgate Films’ Angel Has Fallen to repeat in the top spot with an $15.38 million over the four-day and $11.80 million over the three-day period, while holdovers like Good Boys, The Lion King and The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw had a little room to breathe in advance of It: Chapter Two’s debut this coming weekend.
After debuting to a solid $21.38 million the previous weekend, Angel Has Fallen held well, dropping 44.8 percent from its opening three-day weekend to give the Gerard Butler action film $44.49 million in North American through Monday. The threequel is currently edging out its predecessor London Has Fallen, which had $39 million through the end of its second three-day weekend versus $40.91 million for Angel Has Fallen through Sunday.
Second place went to Universal Pictures’ Good Boys which dipped just 18.3 percent to take in $12.18 million over the four-day holiday in this third weekend and $9.51 million over the three-day weekend. That is a superb hold for the R-rated comedy, which has benefited from strong word-of-mouth. It now has a $59.20 million total domestically.
Walt Disney Stuidos’ The Lion King rose two spots to third place in its seventh weekend, banking $9.35 million through Monday and $6.92 million over the three-day period. That is a 14.3 percent drop for the three-day total. With $523.58 million to date, the Disney blockbuster is currently the 13th highest-grossing film of all time domestically, putting it just shy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which finished its North American run with $532.1 million.
Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw finished in fourth place with $8.40 million over the four-day holiday and $6.92 million over the three-day weekend, a 20.0 percent drop, giving the action spinoff $159.22 million in North America to date. It is now fifth on the list of highest-grossing installments in the long-running franchise, having surpassed 2009’s Fast and Furious with $155 million total not adjusting for inflation.
Taking fifth place over the long weekend was last weekend’s faith-based sleeper Sony Pictures/Affirm’s Overcomer, which took in $7.78 million over the four-day holiday and $5.67 million over the three-day weekend, a fall of 30.4 percent. Through Monday, it had earned $19.35 million domestically.
Fox Spotlight’s well-reviewed Ready or Not finished in sixth place with $7.47 million over the four-day holiday and $5.91 over the three-day weekend, a drop of 26.3 percent in its second weekend. It seems to have benefitted from good word-of-mouth following a so-so $8.02 million opening the previous weekend. The R-rated horror has taken in $21.95 million domestically to date, although it will likely take a major hit next weekend with the release of It: Chapter Two.
Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark grossed $6.29 million over the four-day holiday to finish in seventh with $5.00 million over the thre-day weekend, a drop of 14.8 percent. It has earned $58.91 million through the end of its fourth weekend.
In eighth place while tenth place went to Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 with $5.95 over the four-day holiday and $4.24 million for the three-day weekend, a fall of 32.9 percent. That gives the animated sequel a disappointing $35.74 million to date in North America.
Finishing in ninth place was Paramount Picture’ Dora and the Lost City of Gold with $5.80 million over the four-day and $4.10 million over the three-day, down 23.1 percent from the previous three-day weekend. That give it $51.25 million to date domestically.
Rounding out the top 10, Sony’s Spider-Man: Far from Home expanded to 3,162 theaters last weekend with four minutes of additional footage. It grossed $5.65 over the four-day holiday and $4.30 million over the three-day weekend, an increase of 156.0 percent from the previous weekend. That gives the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment $386.10 million in North America, where it currently stands as the second highest-grossing Spider-Man film of all time without adjusting for inflation. Notably, Far From Home was the crown jewel in a very good season for Sony, which is poised to take second place in summer market share for the first time since 2010 with a projected $700 million in domestic grosses.
This coming weekend the fall box office gets underway with Warner Bros. Pictures’ release of It: Chapter Two.
The top 10 films grossed $84.26 million over the four-day holiday and $63.91 million over the three-day weekend. That is 27.3 percent behind the previous three-day weekend’s $87.92 million total. It was 12.5 percent behind last year’s four-day holiday weekend and 13.4 percent behind last year’s three-day period, when Crazy Rich Asians led for the third week with $21.96 million. Total box office year-to-date stands at $7.80 billion. That is 6.5 percent behind last year.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2019
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||1||Angel Has Fallen||$15.38M||$44.49M||2|
|3||5||The Lion King||$9.35M||$523.58M||7|
|5||4||Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw||$8.40M||$159.22M||5|
|6||6||Ready or Not||$7.47M||$21.95M||2|
|7||8||Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark||$6.29M||$58.91M||4|
|8||7||The Angry Birds Movie 2||$5.95M||$35.74M||3|
|9||9||Dora and the Lost City of Gold||$5.80M||$51.26M||4|
|10||15||Spider-Man: Far from Home||$5.65M||$386.10M||9|
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