Weekend Box Office Top Ten - 8/18/19
Weekend Box Office Top Ten:
GOOD BOYS opened at #1 with a strong $21M (Million) debut, far above where initial tracking and studio expectations had the late-summer comedy. Produced for just $20M plus marketing, this marks another win for original material this year, a needed win for original comedies, and will have no problem becoming profitable for Universal, especially with the positive word-of-mouth which will fuel a solid theatrical run.
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW is #2 with $14.1M, a domestic total of $133.7M, and a global total so far of $437M after adding another $45.7M at the international box office this weekend, with a massive China debut set for this upcoming week, where the film is expected to clock big numbers thanks to the star power of Johnson and the brand's popularity with Chinese audiences. At a budget of $200M plus marketing, this film will be nicely profitable for Universal and a successful franchise expansion.
THE LION KING is #3 with $11.9M, a domestic total of $496.1M, and a stunning global haul of $1.435 Billion and climbing. Presently it is the second biggest release of the year after AVENGERS: ENDGAME, with the only question being whether Disney will top itself with either FROZEN 2 or THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 opened at #4 with a disappointing $10.5M and total debut of $16.2M. After the DORA film it is the second family release based on a popular brand to struggle this month, and at a budget of $65M plus marketing, Sony will need to rely on international to reach break-even or profitability depending on how the film performs overseas.
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is #5 with $10M, a domestic total of $40.2M now, and an early $54.3M worldwide. Produced for $25M plus marketing, this Lionsgate release will have no problem becoming profitable for the studio and launch a new horror franchise, given the wealth of stories spread out across three books to choose from. It also is yet another win for the horror genre, which consistently brings in audiences theatrically.
47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED opened at #6 with $9M, an okay result close to the first film's $11M debut. With a budget kept at $12M, this film should post a decent profit for Entertainment Studios.
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is #7 with $8.5M, a domestic total of $33.9M, and an early $44.6M worldwide. Produced for $49M, this looks like it will be a financial loss for Paramount, as audiences have not embraced a live-action take on the popular educational cartoon.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is #8 with $7.6M, a domestic total of $114.3M, and a worldwide total of $180.5M. International this weekend brought in a big $53.7M from 49 market debuts, pacing 30% ahead of DJANGO UNCHAINED and 19% ahead of WOLF OF WALL STREET. More impressive is that markets yet to open include Mexico, Japan, Italy, Korea, and a China date possible but not yet announced. Produced for $90M plus marketing, this Sony release will easily be a profitable, global hit.
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT opened at #9 with just $4.5M. Purchased by WB for $15M plus marketing costs, this will be another financial loss for the studio, following last weekend's disastrous opening for THE KITCHEN. WB will reverse its struggling fortunes next month, when IT: CHAPTER 2 opens to huge numbers, followed by JOKER in October.
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is #10 with $4.4M, and a total of $16.8M. Like WB, Fox has struggled this entire year, and aims to change course should Brad Pitt starrer AD ASTRA and its potential awards contender FORD V. FERRARI connect with audiences.
Next weekend sees the debut of Gerard Butler's action film ANGEL HAS FALLEN as the third entry in the "Fallen" franchise, as well as thriller READY OR NOT and faith-based drama OVERCOMER.