Sunday, August 18, 2019

Weekend Box-Office: GOOD BOYS Tops the Charts While Other Newcomers Bomb


Universal just scored its third straight #1 weekend with the R-rated comedy "Good Boys", surpassing the studio's "Hobbs & Shaw". The film also dominated the other newcomers, which included the animated sequel "The Angry Birds Movie 2", the shark thriller sequel "47 Meters Down: Uncaged", the British dramedy "Blinded by the Light", and the Cate Blanchett-starrer "Where'd You Go, Bernadette".

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Golderg, the comedy "Good Boys" topped the charts with $21 million from 3,204 theaters against a $20 million budget. It's a solid performance, especially considering that it's one of the few non-sequels/non-remakes to dominate the box-office. The film also scored the second biggest opening weekend for a comedy this year, behind "A Madea Family Funeral" ($27 million). And its excellent debut helped Universal become the second studio of 2019 to top $1 billion at the domestic box-office, so far.

"Good Boys" also opened in 13 international markets and brought in $2.1 million. More territories will follow throughout September. The film received a positive reception from critics (80% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic), and audiences generally liked it (89% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B+" grade from CinemaScore's polls).

Universal's "Hobbs & Shaw" finished in second place with $14.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $133.7 million after 17 days in theaters. The film dropped just 44% in its third weekend. Overseas, it brought in another $45.7 million for an overseas cume of $303 million, and a global total of $437 million.

Disney's "The Lion King" landed at #3 with $11.9 million, dipping just 41% this weekend. Its domestic tally has reached $496.1 million. The film added another $33.8 million overseas, and its international cume now stands at $939.1 million. So, far, the "live-action" remake has grossed a total of $1.435 billion worldwide.

Sony Animation's sequel "The Angry Birds Movie 2" was released on Tuesday, and only managed to rake in an estimated $10.5 million over the weekend from 3,869 theaters, for a six-day debut of $16.2 million. The first "Angry Birds" opened with $38.1 million in 2016. Although better reviewed than its predecessor (76% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60 on Metacritic), it failed to attract viewers who were disappointed by the original. The sequel was well liked by audiences (86% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B+" grade from CinemaScore), but still bombed, and there's little chance of recouping its $65 million budget after such a poor debut.

The Top 5 is rounded out by Lionsgate's "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" with $10.5 million. The film dropped 52% in its second weekend, and its domestic total has reached $40.2 million. Overseas it grossed another $5.6 million, which brings its international cume to $14.1 million.

The shark thriller sequel "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" only managed a #6 debut with $9 million from 2,853 theaters, which is pretty much as expected, perhaps even slightly better, but still below the $11.2 million opening weekend of the original. The sequel received mixed reviews from critics (50% on Rotten Tomatoes and 43 on Metacritic) and an unenthusiastic reception by audiences (68% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a terrible "C+" from CinemaScore).

Another new release, the Bruce Springsteen-inspired British dramedy "Blinded by the Light" bombed this weekend. The film opened in ninth place with $4.4 million from 2,307 theaters, despite being critically acclaimed (90% on Rotten Tomatoes and 71 on Metacritic) and having a generally positive audience reception (93% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and "A-" on CinemaScore). It's a particularly disappointing outcome for Warner Bros, after "The Kitchen" also bombed last week.

Richard Linklater's new film "Where'd You Go Bernadette" starring Cate Blanchett also tanked this weekend. With a $3.4 million debut from 2,404 locations, the film failed to make the Top 10. While critics were mostly mixed (43% on Rotten Tomatoes and 51 on Metacritic), audiences were more forgiving (78% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a "B" grade from CinemaScore).

New Wide Releases: "The Angry Birds Movie 2", "47 Meters Down: Uncaged", "Good Boys", "Blinded by the Light", "Where'd You Go, Bernadette".

Biggest Drop : "The Kitchen" (-60%)

Smallest Drop : "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (-34.8%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Good Boys $21M $21M $2.1M $20M
2 Hobbs & Shaw $14.1M $133.7M $303.3M $200M
3 The Lion King $11.9M $496.1M $939.1M $260M
4 The Angry Birds Movie 2 $10.5M $16.2M N/A $65M
5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark $10M $40.2M $14.1M $25M
6 47 Meters Down: Uncaged $9M $9M N/A $12M
7 Dora and the Lost City of Gold $8.5M $33.9M $10.7M $49M
8 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $7.6M $114.3M $66.2M $90M
9 Blinded by the Light $4.45M $4.4M N/A $15M
10 The Art of Racing in the Rain $4.40M $16.8M $1M $50M


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