Weekend Box Office: Gerard Butler Takes Another Spin At #1 Before Pennywise Arrives


It was a typically quiet weekend at the box office over the Labor Day weekend, although that’s only because the big studios didn’t offer to release any new films, rightfully afraid of being pancaked next weekend by IT Chapter Two. Business, however, was decent for summer holdovers, as Gerard Butler’s politically apolitical Angel Has Fallen took another victory lap at the box office. The film earned$11.575 million over the three-day weekend and $14.5 million over the four-day holiday to bring its total to$43.6 million, putting it on pace to earn as much as the previous effort, London Has Fallen ($62 million), although the bigger share of the box office is still expected to come overseas (London‘s overseas box-office accounted for 70 percent of its global take).

Meanwhile, audiences also continued to show up for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Good Boys, which earned around $11 million over the four-day holiday. It has quietly amassed around $58 million on a skimpy $20 million budget. Lion King, in its seventh week, continued to pile on. It earned $8.5 million over four days to bring its total to $522 million and more than $1.5 billion globally. The faith-based Overcomer notched $7.6 million over the holiday to bring its 11-day total to $19.2 million, a very nice showing for a film that only cost Sony $5 million to produce.

Hobbs & Shaw, which opened August, finished up the month with $158 million after a $7.5 million holiday weekend, although it was dwarfed by its overseas box-office, which crossed $450 million this weekend. The mystery-thriller Ready or Not, starring Samara Weaving and Adam Brody, took in around $6.8 million over the holiday and after 13-days has a decent $21 million on a $6 million budget for Fox Searchlight.

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark also had a decent August, finishing the month out with another $5.5 million and $58 million total on a budget of $25 million, which is about how much it has earned overseas. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is still in the top ten after 6 weeks, earning $5.3 million over the holiday frame to bring its total to $130 million plus another $120 million and counting overseas.

Sony re-released Spider-Man: Far From Home with an additional four minutes of footage, and despite the Sony/Marvel divorce of the last week, the film still earned a respectable $5.3 million after adding 2100 theaters in its 9th week at the box office. It’s now earned $385 million stateside and over $1.1 billion globally. Meanwhile, Angry Birds 2 closed out the top ten with $5.3 million and $35 million overall, a far cry from the $107 million earned by the first movie.

There were a couple of new releases this weekend, but they all finished outside the top ten. Blumhouse’s Don’t Let Go starring David Oyelowo and Storm Reid, earned about $3 million over the holiday weekend, while a movie called Bennett’s War opened in around 1,000 theaters but only mustered around $686,000 over four days. The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson, also added about 300 theaters for 1200 theaters overall, earning $4.7 million to come in 11th place. It’s earned almost $10 million over its run, which isn’t bad for arthouse fare with a modest $6 million budget.

After a quiet Labor Day weekend, IT Chapter 2 will shake things up in a big way next week as it attempts to duplicate the $123 million opening of the first film two years ago on the same weekend. The other major studios, however, are wisely steering clear of Pennywise next weekend.

Source: Deadline, Box Office Mojo