Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: Angel Has Fallen, But Not Far, With $14.8 Box Office Win Over Labor Day

With nary a new film in sight, Gerard Butler's action flick stays put as Good Boys and Brittany Runs a Marathon show strong legs on the weekend of August 30-September 2.

by | September 2, 2019 | Comments

Without any major wide releases this weekend, Hollywood just had the third-weakest Labor Day weekend since 2004. Whatever made up the top 10 last week week was pretty much here again this week, just with about two-thirds the revenue. In the meantime, most of America stayed away from the movies for one last summer vacation, fairs, BBQs, and – we assume – to save their money for the evil clown looking to break new records next weekend. For now, though, Angel Has Fallen can crow about being the top of a weak-ish crop for two weeks straight with a second-weekend haul of $14.8 million over four days.


King of the Crop: Angel Does Not Fall In Second Week

(Photo by Simon Varsano / © Lionsgate / courtesy Everett Collection)

Neither Olympus Has Fallen nor London Has Fallen spent a single week in the top spot at the box office. Now, Angel Has Fallen has done it for two straight weeks and joins 300 and this year’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World as the only films featuring Gerard Butler to spend two straight weeks at number 1. In fact, the first How To Train Your Dragon is the only other film featuring Butler to spend any week at number 1. Over the four-day Labor Day weekend, Angel grossed an estimated $14.8 million, a number that is neither high nor low when it comes to grossers over the holiday; it is 25th overall amongst premieres and holdovers. At an estimated $43.91 million after 10 days, the film remains right on par with Richard Donner’s Conspiracy Theory, which made a little more in its second weekend and finished with $75 million. It looks like Angel will come in a bit under that, but if its eventual international take comes in anywhere close to London’s $143 million, Lionsgate may be the first studio to take a second whack at this franchise.


Rotten Returns: Bennett’s War Fails to Cut Through

Bennett's War

(Photo by © ESX Entertainment)

Forrest Films released its debut, the motorbike and military drama Bennett’s War, into 970 theaters this weekend. The film about an injured war veteran trying to make a comeback on the motocross circuit has a solid Tomatometer at 60%, but that’s with just five reviews. The film grossed just $445,151 over the three-day weekend (Friday to Sunday) for a per-theater-average of $459. That is actually far from the lowest PTA of 2019 – John Travolta’s The Fanatic grossed $3,153 in 52 theaters for less than a $61 PTA – but it is the lowest of the year for an original wide release. The 20th anniversary showing of Cruel Intentions averaged $385 in 708 theaters; Keanu Reeves’ sci-fi film, Replicas, released this January, had a $1,020 PTA in 2,329 theaters.

Just for reference we looked at other August releases over time that opened in between 950 and 999 theaters and picked out a few highlights. In 2013 the Spanish language release, Instructions Not Included, with Eugenio Derbez, grossed $7.84 million in 978 theaters; in 2006, Idlewild made $5.74 million in 973 theaters; and in 1998, the Vince Vaughn/Joaquin Phoenix drama Return to Paradise opened to $2.46 million in 965 theaters.


Top 10 and Beyond: Good Boys Continues Good Run, Brittany In a Marathon Race to B.O. Success

Ed Araquel / © Universal

(Photo by Ed Araquel / © Universal)

Running down the rest of this weekend’s moneymakers, Universal should continue to be happy about the performance of Good Boys, which grossed $12.1 million over the four-day weekend and remains on course to gross around $75 million. Hobbs & Shaw has also maintained itself rather well and is headed for somewhere between $165 million and $175 million. The film is also approaching the $700 million mark worldwide, which is down from the previous two Furious movies but sees it outgrossing Fast Five – possibly even Fast & Furious 6 – and turning a decent profit.

Sony pulled an Endgame and put Spider-Man: Far From Home back into theaters with new footage for one last summer push, possibly in an attempt to push it over the $400 million line. That goal seems unlikely with $385.96 million to date, and it would need another $19 million to pass Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for Sony’s highest-ever domestic release. That being said, the film is already the highest-grossing worldwide in the studio’s history with $1.122 billion, which is the 25th highest ever. Disney’s The Lion King is not going to become a top 10 all-time domestic grosser, but it is currently 13th all-time with over $523 million, and is chasing Rogue One ($532.1 million) and The Dark Knight ($535.2 million) to possibly finish 11th. Worldwide the film can now rest comfortably as the 7th highest-grossing film ever, having pushed past Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.518 billion) this weekend with a global total of $1.564 billion. Catching Jurassic World for 6th place ($1.671 billion) is not entirely out of the cards, but The Lion King will need its international fans to keep showing up. Disney owns six of the ten highest-grossing films of all-time.

Last week’s two other openers benefited from a lackluster weekend. The faith-based Overcomer earned just shy of $8 million and is currently outpacing both of director Alex Kendrick’s other films, Courageous and Fireproof, which finished with $34.5 and $33.4 million, respectively. In its 13th day, the Certified Fresh horror-comedy Ready or Not passed $20 million and now resides between the grosses of Mystery Men and Sinister 2, suggesting a final gross in the $28 million range. (Not spectacular but not terrible either on a $6 million budget.) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, on the other hand, is an unqualified success. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror tale is very closely on par with the original Blade, which finished with just over $70 million. All horror is going to take a hit next week with the opening of It: Chapter Two, so it may come up a bit short of that but is nevertheless into profit.

Sony has the tale of two movies in Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood and The Angry Birds Movie 2. The former has grossed over $130 million and is not far behind the pace of where Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath was back in 2000, though a total of $150 million may be a reach in the U.S. after dropping out of the top 10 this week. The movie is over $283 million worldwide. As for the Angry Birds sequel, it is relying on its international dollars to save it because it is currently on an Underdog pace domestically – literally on pace with the movie Underdog – to hopefully make $43 million.

Finally, we get to some festival films. From Sundance we have this week’s Don’t Let Go (titled Relive at the festival), which made $3.04 million in its 922 theater launch.

(Photo by © Amazon Studios)

The most interesting story, though, could be developing under not just our noses, but also Amazon’s. The studio’s Brittany Runs a Marathon expanded from five theaters into 49 this weekend; last weekend it made $180,711 and this week it earned $414,000 across the three-day weekend (and an estimated $539,000 for the four-day holiday). Last year’s The Old Man & The Gun, with Robert Redford, made the same leap, starting with $142,131 and then climbing up to $403,928 the second week. The Old Man & The Gun ended up making $11.2 million. Anything over $7.65 million would be Amazon’s second highest-grossing film to date.

Maybe they should be looking at what Roadside is achieving with The Peanut Butter Falcon. That film opened in 17 theaters and it grossed $204,793 for the 43rd best per-theater-average of the year. Brittany had the sixth best, then expanded to the same amount of theaters as Falcon in weekend two and outgrossed it $414,000 to $287,212. The Peanut Butter Falcon then expanded into 996 theaters last week and grossed $2.97 million. It jumped up to 1,249 theaters this weekend and made another $2.92 million (and an estimated $3.95 million over the four-day holiday). Its total now stands at $8.94 million and is the 11th-highest grossing film ever in Roadside’s indie history. The film was not even a high-profile Sundance premiere; it was first shown at SXSW in March.


This Time Last Year: Crazy Rich Asians Led Robust Holiday Weekend

Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros.

(Photo by Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros.)

Crazy Rich Asians won the box office for a third straight weekend as audiences flocked to their favorites again. That $28.5 million victory over the four-day holiday put the leader at $117 million as it prepared to eclipse the second-place finisher, The Meg, which was over $123 million. Mission: Impossible – Fallout was third and passed the $200 million mark. The week’s top newbie, Operation Finale, finished fourth with just $7.87 million and a lackluster six-day total of $9.61 million since opening on a Wednesday. Bursting into the top 10 was Sundance hit, Searching, which made $7.61 million in just 1,207 theaters for fifth place. All combined it was the best Labor Day weekend since 2013, as the top 10 grossed $96.29 million and averaged 68.2% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated $80.69 million for just the 16th-highest holiday weekend since 1990 and averaged 68.8% with critics.


On the Vine: Nothing Stands In It‘s Way

Normally, the fall movie season begins with a flurry of films clamoring for awards attention, but this year it begins with what promises to be one of the most successful flicks of the year. The nearly three-hour conclusion of Stephen King’s story of the evil in Derry, It: Chapter Two, arrives in theaters with the adults now in the room to battle Pennywise. No other wide release even dares to challenge this monster, and why would they? The first film opened to over $123 million and concluded with over $327 million domestic and $700 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing horror film of all time (in 2017 dollars). Will the 2019 chapter introduce a new champion?


The Full Top 10: August 30-September 2

  1. Angel Has Fallen (2019) 39% – $14.8 million ($43.91 million total)
  2. Good Boys (2019) 80%$12.1 million ($59.12 million total)
  3. The Lion King (2019) 52% $9.32 million ($523.55 million total)
  4. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% – $8.21 million ($159.02 million total)
  5. Overcomer (2019) 56% – $7.78 million ($19.32 million total)
  6. Ready or Not (2019) 88% – $6.995 million ($21.47 million total)
  7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) 77%$6.25 million ($58.87 million total)
  8. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 85%$5.7 million ($51.16 million total)
  9. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) 73%$5.6 million ($35.39 million total)
  10. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 90%$5.51 million ($385.96 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Image Comics Vudu target popular art house Focus Features BAFTA new star wars movies hollywood teaser new zealand A&E Trophy Talk Best Actress monster movies Emmy Nominations nature cops asian-american Amazon Prime TCA 2017 2016 parents Women's History Month Funimation SDCC Mudbound know your critic APB Marvel Television SXSW 2022 indie richard e. Grant Acorn TV mob ESPN crime drama prank Academy Awards universal monsters joker Chernobyl wonder woman suspense ABC Family cults 2020 game of thrones strong female leads Hear Us Out CMT Pop golden globes YouTube Sundance TV video on demand Paramount FX CBS USA Network Lifetime A24 Dark Horse Comics ID classics Calendar ABC Signature laika cancelled TV shows 99% Oscars Opinion medical drama The Academy olympics Binge Guide Crackle Lucasfilm ViacomCBS Tarantino worst movies broadcast Paramount Network Thanksgiving IMDb TV Travel Channel Grammys DC streaming service MCU natural history dark Disney Plus DC Universe 45 free movies doctor who movies Disney streaming service Winners blockbuster aliens Best Picture Sneak Peek archives 2015 Tomatazos canceled criterion TV Land Nickelodeon live event The Walking Dead Action what to watch black Film anime Walt Disney Pictures Election elevated horror scary movies Arrowverse festival godzilla serial killer Photos Emmys HBO Legendary GLAAD DirecTV Hollywood Foreign Press Association Country Nominations HBO Go AMC Plus kong biography kids slashers telelvision marvel cinematic universe obi wan Sci-Fi Comics on TV Trailer venice australia docuseries toy story PlayStation MTV Creative Arts Emmys rotten rt labs critics edition fast and furious black comedy 93rd Oscars Toys TLC Cosplay Teen Pet Sematary 90s batman Brie Larson nbcuniversal Tubi comedies Drama Bravo latino best adventure genre Epix Horror sequel GoT TV One streamig Character Guide Star Wars binge sag awards Tags: Comedy Red Carpet Pixar See It Skip It comic book movie films Quiz spinoff Christmas Comedy Apple TV Plus indiana jones New York Comic Con Mary Tyler Moore TIFF high school MSNBC 2019 cinemax harry potter BBC justice league Tumblr spider-verse summer preview die hard Valentine's Day Spectrum Originals DGA FX on Hulu Food Network renewed TV shows deadpool Polls and Games LGBT supernatural scene in color kaiju talk show First Look Amazon Pop TV SXSW Pride Month politics Shudder Starz heist movie sopranos Amazon Prime Video miniseries unscripted TCA transformers directors spy thriller Superheroes NBA Martial Arts VH1 italian Classic Film 94th Oscars mcc royal family PaleyFest Schedule Awards sports psychological thriller obituary anthology mission: impossible fresh pirates of the caribbean Columbia Pictures canceled TV shows Certified Fresh Disney+ Disney Plus Alien Instagram Live cooking Fargo halloween Animation Fantasy south america game show VICE Hallmark RT21 japanese Cannes Interview TV renewals Esquire Apple new york revenge finale name the review The CW franchise Freeform Pirates remakes CW Seed Turner Classic Movies saw concert Prime Video Avengers Ovation 24 frames animated BBC One children's TV disaster Captain marvel video Universal series IFC jurassic park satire Shondaland Discovery Channel leaderboard documentary Crunchyroll action-comedy foreign 2021 festivals El Rey international Mystery rt labs Disney Channel based on movie golden globe awards Tokyo Olympics BBC America japan sequels Music The Witch comic books cancelled 1990s Sony Pictures toronto dragons 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards rotten movies we love nfl Nat Geo spider-man legend Infographic cancelled TV series Paramount Pictures Exclusive Video DC Comics Endgame Lifetime Christmas movies 79th Golden Globes Awards live action Hulu Reality Competition docudrama Song of Ice and Fire Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt HBO Max superhero facebook FOX FXX Black History Month WGN TV a nightmare on elm street The Purge trophy Spike Adult Swim james bond GIFs posters Netflix Christmas movies zombies quibi Marathons YouTube Red TBS dc adenture 2017 4/20 romance razzies First Reviews TCA Awards lord of the rings king arthur Biopics Syfy social media Paramount Plus werewolf Extras Fox Searchlight stand-up comedy Best and Worst scary OWN romantic comedy dogs TNT Television Critics Association Video Games hist boxing zero dark thirty dreamworks Peacock YA television 71st Emmy Awards Wes Anderson cancelled television Set visit rt archives CBS All Access E3 diversity Ghostbusters comiccon Apple TV+ SundanceTV vs. Sundance Now theme song french Mindy Kaling 73rd Emmy Awards Podcast basketball trailers X-Men comics discovery dexter IFC Films Family true crime blockbusters Mary poppins twilight all-time hispanic heritage month breaking bad ABC summer TV preview tv talk Winter TV screen actors guild Chilling Adventures of Sabrina VOD Musical PBS Super Bowl scorecard book adaptation Television Academy dceu summer TV Rock Baby Yoda Sundance cars Countdown Box Office E! TCA Winter 2020 BET Awards Spring TV mockumentary movie Stephen King slasher gangster independent hispanic American Society of Cinematographers ITV streaming Rocky Musicals Heroines composers period drama stop motion Showtime YouTube Premium book Best Director technology LGBTQ Marvel Studios The Arrangement Marvel superman 20th Century Fox dramedy WarnerMedia chucky Hallmark Christmas movies versus Fox News 21st Century Fox Oscar South by Southwest Film Festival biopic vampires rom-coms worst football San Diego Comic-Con 007 debate 72 Emmy Awards Amazon Studios History Anna Paquin adaptation spain reboot NYCC zombie Trivia casting comic Ellie Kemper Western jamie lee curtis President boxoffice marvel comics green book travel emmy awards USA Year in Review Netflix BET science fiction Star Trek Comedy Central sitcom robots Cartoon Network Comic-Con@Home 2021 2018 police drama spanish AMC singing competition historical drama crime thriller comic book movies Fall TV The Walt Disney Company documentaries Reality NBC National Geographic Best Actor crime young adult screenings political drama crossover Masterpiece Awards Tour king kong Comic Book Broadway Pacific Islander Black Mirror Holidays stoner Britbox Universal Pictures Logo award winner Premiere Dates TCM Elton John Warner Bros. critics Turner Film Festival Superheroe thriller spanish language women Writers Guild of America CNN critic resources ghosts cats space news witnail aapi Holiday Rocketman Rom-Com Neflix christmas movies ratings halloween tv cartoon feel good war blaxploitation mutant HFPA Disney TruTV Mary Poppins Returns MGM Watching Series child's play psycho RT History Summer streaming movies OneApp hidden camera Kids & Family Lionsgate TV movies reviews