Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. Summer is over, the leaves are changing, and Warner Bros. has once again released a scary movie starring a clown based on dense source material. No, I’m not talking about Joker.
This Week’s Top Earner – ‘It Chapter Two’
The sequel to 2017’s runaway horror hit It opened in 4,570 theaters and absolutely crushed every other film playing right now. It was the only major new release this weekend, and it shows: It Chapter Two made $91 million domestically and $185 million worldwide this past weekend, making it the second-highest debut of an R-rated horror film ever, just behind its predecessor—which opened to a domestic gross of $123.4 million in 400 fewer theaters just two years ago. I guess this one won’t break records, too, but it’s a promising start to a fall season after a sluggish summer season that saw a number of films underperform if not outright tank.
Second Place – ‘Angel Has Fallen’
The latest film in the Fallen series has certainly fallen after two weeks on top. The Lionsgate film made just $6 million in its third weekend, which is still high enough to make it #2 on the Top 10. Angel Has Fallen doesn’t have any official overseas numbers yet, but domestically it’s already managed to power past the margin of error for its reported $40 million budget. With the series clearly winding down in interest after this third entry, it appears another action trilogy is down and out in 2019. Still, it’s likely to be a modest hit for Lionsgate, or at least break even.
And Third – ‘Good Boys’
The R-rated preteen comedy has held strong after a month at the box office, earning $5.3 million despite losing 265 theaters. That’s not great for a film still playing in nearly 3,200 theaters, but thanks to a low reported budget of $20 million, the Universal film is looking like a reasonably sized success with its worldwide total of $82.5 million, the vast majority of that being domestic. Good Boys won’t finish last, it seems.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
There was only one new wide release this weekend, but the Top 10 box office saw some pretty dramatic shifts, regardless. The biggest surprise was seeing The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions) jump from #12 in limited release to #7, despite playing in fewer theaters than every other film below it on the chart. This film reportedly has an absurd micro-budget, too, making it one of the surprise indie hits of the year, even more so than The Farewell in terms of budget vs. profit.
Only two films in the Top 10 climbed in the rankings. First, there’s Overcomer (Affirm), which jumped up one spot to #5 with $3.75 million in its third week. Next is Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount), which actually fell off the Top 10 over the course of the week, but then climbed up to #10 at the last minute.
The Lion King (Disney) dropped just one spot to #4, holding on tight to its reign of the Top 10 after eight long weeks. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Lionsgate) also fell just one spot from #7 to #8, now five weeks in theaters.
Hobbs & Shaw (Universal) fell two spots to #6 thanks to that climb from Overcomer. After six weeks at the box office, the Fast and Furious spinoff is starting to slow way down with just $3.7 million earned domestically. The biggest drop this week happened for Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight), which plummeted four spots to #9 (it climbed to #5 over the course of the week) and made just $2.2 million. When looked at a whole, the entire Top 10 box office underneath It Chapter Two made somewhere between just $2.1 million and $6 million.
And They’re Out
That was fast. Spider-Man: Far From Home swung back onto the Top 10 thanks to a rerelease from Sony, but it couldn’t stick. The superhero film fell back down to #13 after 10 weeks at the box office. Still, with a worldwide haul of over $1 billion, I don’t think Spidey or Sony are crying themselves to sleep any time soon.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) fell three spots to #12, making just $1.6 million after a month at the box office. It made $104.3 million worldwide, but with only 36.4% of that total being domestic. It’s hard to tell if the film at least broke even, made a little money, or even lost some money when considering its reported budget of $65 million and expected marketing costs. But it’s definitely a major misfire compared to its predecessor, which made $352.3 million worldwide just three years ago.
That’s it for this weekend. Check back with Atom Insider next week as we recap all the newest releases vying for the top of the box office.