‘Angel’ Leads Less-Than-Heavenly Labor Day Box Office

The Disney-dominated 2019 Summer Movie season closed with a whimper this Labor Day weekend as overall business plummeted to some of the lowest levels of the year so far. With IT: Chapter Two arriving this upcoming Thursday, studios opted to hold off on releasing any new product into wide release until the middle of September. That allowed for Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen to repeat as the number one film in the country without much of a fight.

For the Friday-to-Sunday frame, Angel slid 46% in its second weekend to score an estimated $11.57 million from 3,366 screens. The film has brought in $43million so far domestically.

Angel should wind down its domestic run around the $65 million mark, roughly the same amount London Has Fallen took in a little over three years ago. There will undoubtedly be a fourth Fallen adventure in a few years’ time. Perhaps that one could be called I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up. 

Still laughing it up in second place was Universal’s Good Boys with an estimated $9.19 million from 3,458 theaters. The R-rated comedy has pocketed $56.1 million after three weekends and could finish between $70-75 million.

Clawing its way back up to third place in its seventh weekend was Disney’s box office behemoth The Lion King with an estimated $6.78 million from 3,190 screens. The CGI remake departs the summer with a royal $521 million in the bank, which is good enough to push the film up to number 13 on the all-time list of domestic grossing films. With an overall global total of $1.564 billion in the bank, The Lion King passed 2012’s The Avengers to become the seventh biggest global hit of all time.

The Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw remained in fourth place over the holiday with an estimated $6.3 million from 2,972 theaters. After five weeks of release, the Universal action comedy has raced to $157 million domestically and a big $525 million from international markets.

Rounding out the top five was Sony’s faith-based drama Overcomer with an estimated $5.7 million from 1,827 screens. Down 30%, Overcomer has earned $17.2 million after ten days. The $5 million production should head off into the home video afterlife with $30 million in ticket sales.

  1. Ready or Not (FoxSearchlight) $5.6 million (-30%); $20 million
  2. Scary Stories…(Lionsgate) $5 million (-15%); $57.6 million
  3. Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony) $4.26 million (+153%); $384.7 million
  4. Dora/Lost City (Paramount) $4.1 million (-22%); $49.5 million
  5. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $4.1 million (-35%); $34 million

As previously mentioned, IT: Chapter Two arrives this Thursday night on over 4,400 screens to completely dominate the post-Labor Day frame. While it is not expected to top the $123 million scored by the first IT from two years ago, Chapter Two should scare up at least $100-110 million in its debut.

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