‘Angel Has Fallen’ Tops North American Box Office

Scottish actor Gerard Butler arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of “Angel Has Fallen” at the Regency Village theatre in Westwood, California.  VALERIE MACON / AFP


Lionsgate’s political thriller “Angel Has Fallen” didn’t quite soar but managed to stay atop the North American box office over the US holiday weekend, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Tuesday.

The action-packed film took in $15.4 million across the four-day Labor Day weekend. That came at the end of a summer that saw movie revenue dip by two percent from last year, the Comscore website said.

“Angel,” the third film in the franchise, stars Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent wrongly accused of trying to kill the US president (Morgan Freeman).

A relatively sedate movie weekend saw little change in the top five films. Runner-up for a second straight week was Universal’s raunchy tween comedy “Good Boys,” which took in $12.2 million over four days.

In third, up two spots from last weekend, was Disney’s updated version of “The Lion King,” which pulled in $9.3 million in its seventh week out.

Universal’s action film “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” held onto fourth from last weekend, taking $8.4 million.

And slipping from third to fifth, at $7.8 million, was Sony’s “Overcomer,” a Christian-themed movie about a former basketball coach who agrees to train an asthmatic orphan girl for a huge cross-country meet.

Rounding out the four-day weekend’s top 10 were:

“Ready or Not” ($7.5 million)

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” ($6.3 million)

“The Angry Birds Movie 2” ($6.0 million)

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” ($5.8 million)

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” ($5.6 million)


‘Angel Has Fallen’ Rises To Top Of N.American Box Office



Lionsgate’s new action-packed political thriller “Angel Has Fallen” debuted atop the North American box office with an estimated $21.3 million in ticket sales, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

“Angel,” which stars Gerard Butler playing a Secret Service agent wrongly accused of trying to kill the president (Morgan Freeman), is the third film in the franchise. It also stars Nick Nolte, Piper Perabo and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Last weekend’s leader, Universal’s raunchy tween comedy “Good Boys,” slipped to $11 million but managed to hold onto second spot on a sleepy late-summer weekend.

In third place was another new release, Sony’s “Overcomer,” a Christian-themed movie about a former basketball coach (Alex Kendrick) who agrees half-heartedly to help prepare a young asthmatic orphan girl (Aryn Wright-Thompson) for a huge cross-country meet.

It took in $8.2 million despite tepid reviews.

Just behind in fourth place was Disney’s updated version of “The Lion King,” which pulled in $8.15 million, bringing its domestic total over six weeks in release to $510.6 million and its global total to more than $1.5 billion.

Universal’s action film “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham came in fifth, taking in $8.1 million.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Ready or Not” ($7.6 million)

“The Angry Birds Movie 2” ($6.4 million)

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” ($6 million)

“Dora & the Lost City of Gold” ($5.2 million)

“Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood” ($5 million)

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Loses Speed Atop Box Office

Dwayne Johnson (L) and Jason Statham arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019, in Hollywood, California. 


Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” slowed a bit but clung to the top spot in North American theatres this weekend, taking in an estimated $25.4 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said on Sunday.

That was a drop-off from the previous weekend’s $60 million, but was enough to keep the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham action film ahead of new Lionsgate release “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” which placed second with $20.8 million for the three-day weekend.

“Scary Stories,” based on the children’s horror books, was produced by actor Guillermo del Toro.

The movie stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza and Gabriel Rush in a story about small-town teenagers who are tormented by a book they removed from a haunted house in 1968.

In third place, in its fourth week out, was Disney’s “The Lion King,” at $20 million. The remake of the popular 1994 film has an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, James Earl Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Fourth spot went to new Paramount comedy “Dora & the Lost City of Gold,” at $17 million. The live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon kids’ program “Dora the Explorer” features Isabela Moner, who became a bona fide movie star with 2017’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

And placing fifth, in its second week out, was Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at $11.6 million. The Quentin Tarantino film — which he says is the ninth of the 10 he plans to make — stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino in a drama set in the changing Hollywood of 1969.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” ($8.1 million)

“The Kitchen” ($5.5 million)

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” ($5.3 million)

“Toy Story 4” ($4.4 million)

“The Farewell” ($2.2 million)


‘Spider-Man’ Flies Again To Top Box Office

In this file photo taken on June 26, 2019, a giant inflatable Spider-Man is displayed on the red carpet for the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” World premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  Chris Delmas / AFP


Once again Spider-Man seems to be trapping everything that flies by: “Spider-Man: Far From Home” took in an impressive $93.6 million in North America over the US holiday weekend and has passed the half-billion-dollar mark worldwide, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations estimated on Sunday.

This latest in the Spider-Man franchise, made by Sony and Disney-owned Marvel, set a record six-day total for a Tuesday release of $185.1 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Its storyline follows on the blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to focus on how Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) confront a world without Iron Man. Also starring are Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal and J.B. Smoove.

Coming in second in its third week out was Disney/Pixar collaboration “Toy Story 4,” at $34.3 million. The film again features the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody, the eager but empty-holstered cowboy doll, and Tim Allen as space toy Buzz Lightyear.

In third, at $10.8 million, was Universal’s alternate-universe romantic comedy “Yesterday.” Himesh Patel stars as a struggling musician who, after a mysterious global blackout, is the only person in the world to remember the Beatles and their music — and takes full advantage of it.

Patel does his own singing; Danny Boyle, of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire” fame, directs.

Fourth spot went to Warner Bros. horror film “Annabelle Comes Home,” at $9.8 million.

In fifth was Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” taking in $7.6 million in its seventh week out.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Midsommar” ($6.6 million)

“The Secret Life of Pets 2” ($4.8 million)

“Men in Black: International” ($3.6 million)

“Avengers: Endgame” ($3.1 million)

“Rocketman” ($2.8 million)


‘Secret Life Of Pets 2’ Defeats ‘X-Men’ To Top Box Office

A view of the red carpet at the Premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘The Secret Life Of Pets 2’ at Regency Village Theatre on June 02, 2019 in Westwood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

Universal’s new animation “The Secret Life of Pets 2” managed to lead North American box offices this weekend with an estimated take of $47.1 million even while earning less than half what the first “Pets” film did just three years ago.

“Pets 2,” produced by Illumination studio, edged out another new release, Fox’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” to top the three-day weekend, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.

“Pets” could also brag about an A- rating from audiences, suggesting it has staying power, according to CinemaScore. It features the voices of Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Patton Oswalt in another tale of what pets do when their owners are away.

“Dark Phoenix” sold $33 million in tickets, the worst performance in the X-Man franchise’s 20-year history and “well below expectations,” according to Variety. Website BoxOfficeMojo called it “the worst reviewed film in the X-men franchise ever.”

And it cost $200 million to make.

Said to be the final installment in the X-Men series, “Dark Phoenix” has the main characters facing the fierce power of superhuman Phoenix after a space mission goes awry. It stars James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain.

In third place was Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” at $24.5 million. The Guy Ritchie feel-good film stars Will Smith as the genie and Mena Massoud as the wily title character as he seeks the attention of the lovely Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

Dropping from last weekend’s top spot to fourth place was “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” taking in $15.5 million. The film has eco-terrorists stealing a device developed by scientist Emma (Vera Farmiga) to control the title monster, while her ex-husband (Kyle Chandler) tries to track it down as Godzilla runs amok against a series of equally monstrous rivals.

And in fifth was Paramount’s “Rocketman,” the biopic about singer Elton John, at $14 million. Actor Taron Egerton, who plays John, has drawn strong reviews, including a warm endorsement from the singer himself.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Ma” ($7.8 million)

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” ($7.4 million)

“Avengers: Endgame” ($4.8 million)

“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” ($2.9 million)

“Booksmart” ($1.6 million)

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Casts A Box-Office Spell


“Aladdin” apparently still has the old magic, as the new Disney film took in an estimated $86.1 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period in North America to lead all box-office offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported.

The film, released on the US’s four-day Memorial Day weekend, is expected to earn $105 million when Monday’s ticket sales are included, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The live-action movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Will Smith as the genie and the Egyptian-born Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the wily charmer who pretends to be a prince to catch the attention of the lovely Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

The new version is an adaptation of Disney’s 1992 “Aladdin,” which featured the unforgettable voice of Robin Williams as the fast-talking genie (and the less well-known actor Scott Weinger as Aladdin).

Last week’s box-office leader, Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” slipped to second, taking in $24.4 million for three days ($30.5 million for four).

Keanu Reaves again stars as retired hitman John Wick, this time being chased by an army of killers after a contract is put on his head. Also starring are Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Anjelica Huston.

In third was Disney blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” taking in an estimated $16.8 million for three days ($21.9 million for four).

“Avengers,” with an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson and Josh Brolin, has broken domestic records but, with a worldwide take of $2.68 billion, is still shy of the $2.79 billion earned by all-time leader “Avatar” in 2009.

Fourth place went to Warner Bros.’ “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,” at $13.3 million ($17 million). Its animated title character (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) teams up with a young boy (Justice Smith, in a live-action role) to seek the boy’s missing father.

And in fifth was new Sony horror thriller “Brightburn,” at $7.5 million ($9 million). Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson A. Dunn star in the story of an alien tot who arrives on Earth and realizes, as he grows up on a Kansas farm, that he has superpowers.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Booksmart” ($6.5 million for three days; $8.0 million for four)

“A Dog’s Journey” ($4.1 million; $5.8 million)

“The Hustle” ($3.8 million; $4.8 million)

“The Intruder” ($2.3 million; $2.9 million)

“Long Shot” ($1.6 million; $2 million)

‘Halloween’ Frightens Off Box Office Competition

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP


“Halloween” ruled the North American box office for a second week running, frightening off the competition as it raked in another $32 million, according to estimates reported Sunday by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, the low-budget Universal Pictures production recounts her character Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with a masked homicidal maniac four decades after surviving his killing spree.

The movie’s return to the top spot over the three day weekend followed its $76.2 million debut last week, the second-best October opening ever after “Venom.”

“A Star is Born,” the third remake of the 1937 film, placed second for a third straight week, earning $14.1 million.

Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut, plays a hard-drinking musician in this classic tale of a star-crossed love affair with a young singer (Lady Gaga).

Sony’s Superhero flick “Venom,” which stars Tom Hardy as a journalist-turned-host for an alien creature, held its ground at third place with an estimated $10.8 million take.

It has pulled in $187.3 million dollars since its smash opening four weeks ago.

“Goosebumps2: Haunted Halloween,” another seasonal offering, kept its fourth place ranking with $7.5 million in box office returns.

Based on R.L. Stine children’s books, it follows two young friends who bring to life a dummy, played by Jack Black, unleashing monsters on their town on Halloween night.

The only new release in the top five was “Hunter Killer,” an action thriller from Lionsgate about Navy SEALs who rescue a Russian president from a coup.

Starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Michael Nyquist, it is estimated to have made $6.7 million over the three day weekend.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“The Hate U Give” ($5.1 million)

“First Man” ($4.9 million)

“Smallfoot” ($4.8 million)

“Night School” ($3.3 million)

Cruise Beats Pooh As ‘Mission Impossible’ Again Tops Box Office

In this file photo taken on July 22, 2018, actor and producer Tom Cruise arrives for a screening of “Mission Impossible – Fallout” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Alex Edelman / AFP


Tom Cruise continued to test the limits of the possible this weekend as “Mission Impossible – Fallout” clung for a second week to the top spot in North American theaters, beating new Disney film “Christopher Robin,” industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.

Paramount’s “Mission,” the sixth stunt-filled edition in the popular franchise, took in an estimated $35 million for the three-day weekend. Critics and audiences have warmed to the film, in which Cruise again does his own vertigo-inducing, cliff-hanging, exploding-car stunts.

Disney’s live-animated “Christopher Robin” placed second, at $25 million. Inspired by A.A. Milne’s classic “Winnie-the-Pooh” books, it tells the story of a now grown-up and stressed-out Christopher reuniting with his old stuffed friend and relearning the joys of childlike imagination. The film stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell, along with the voices of Brad Garrett and Jim Cummings.

In third was another new release, Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” at $12.4 million.

The action comedy stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as friends being chased frantically through Europe after a former boyfriend turns out to be a CIA agent with a pack of killers hot on his trail.

The star power of “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” – with its toe-tapping ABBA soundtrack and gorgeous Greek scenery — helped keep the Universal film afloat in fourth place, taking in $9.1 million for a worldwide total to date of $231 million.

Its cast includes Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Cher and Pierce Brosnan.

In fifth was Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” with superstar Denzel Washington playing the part of a quiet former black-ops agent who is drawn back into action to avenge a friend’s death. Its take was $8.8 million in its third week out.

Also of note: Disney has announced that “Black Panther” has taken in more than $700 million in North America since its release in February, joining only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avatar” in that exclusive category.

Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:

“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” ($8.2 million)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” ($6.2 million)

“The Darkest Minds” ($5.8 million)

“Incredibles 2” ($5 million)

“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” ($4.9 million)

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Struggles To Take Off At Box Office

 AFP photo


“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday weekend, with an estimated $101 million four-day take falling far below expectations.

Analysts had predicted the Disney/Lucasfilm project — directed by Ron Howard and with Alden Ehrenreich as a young version of the swashbuckling Han Solo — would reach $130 million to $150 million, possibly setting a Memorial Day weekend record.

But the film, with a cast including Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, was falling short not only in North America, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations predicted, but also abroad.

“The news is grim overseas,” said Hollywood Reporter, saying the film was heading for barely half the $300 million global take many had predicted.

Last weekend’s No. 1 film, “Deadpool 2” from 20th Century Fox and Marvel, took second spot this weekend, with a four-day estimate of $53.5 million.

That movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, irreverent title character as he forms an X-Force team to protect a young mutant from evil Cable (Josh Brolin).

Third place went to Disney/Marvel collaboration “Avengers: Infinity War,” which took in $20.1 million in its fifth weekend out. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.

In fourth, with $12 million in ticket sales, was a movie featuring no superheroes or interplanetary battles, and with a sedate sounding title — “Book Club” — that belies its racy storyline.

The Paramount film tells the story of four aging friends — Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen — who decide to read the steamy book “Fifty Shades of Grey” and find it stimulating more than just their intellects.

And in fifth was Warner Bros. comedy “Life of the Party,” at $6.5 million. It stars Melissa McCarthy as a newly divorced mother who returns to college, only to find herself in class with her (deeply embarrassed) daughter.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Breaking In” ($5 million)

“Show Dogs” ($4.2 million)

“Overboard” ($4.1 million)

“A Quiet Place” ($2.7 million)

“RBG” ($1.4 million)


‘A Quiet Place’ Sneaks Back To Top Of Box Office



Sci-fi horror film “A Quiet Place” snuck its way back to the top of the North American box offices over the weekend, beating out noisier action flick “Rampage,” industry estimates showed Sunday.

“A Quiet Place,” an almost wordless Paramount production, stars actor/director John Krasinski and real-life wife Emily Blunt as a couple silently struggling to protect their family from invading aliens that are blind but can track their prey by sound.

The film took in a $22 million for a total of $132.4 million since opening atop the box office early this month.

Fallen from the top spot to number two was “Rampage,” starring hard-working Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson as a primatologist who befriends an albino gorilla — which grows to enormous size after a rogue experiment and then teams with Johnson to stop invading monsters. Naomie Harris co-stars.

The video-game-inspired “Rampage” took in $21 million for the weekend for a total of $66.6 million in two weeks, against a budget of $120 million.

In third place was “I Feel Pretty,” an Amy Schumer film about a self-conscious woman who suffers a head injury and subsequently sees herself as beautiful, which made $16.2 million on its debut weekend.

In fourth was “Super Troopers 2” — the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 film about a ne’er-do-well group of cops — in which the protagonists are tasked with replacing a Mountie unit in a Canadian town that is found to be part of the US.

The partially crowd-funded film made $14.7 million on its first weekend.

In fifth was “Truth or Dare,” a supernatural thriller starring Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey as spring breakers caught up in an innocent game that turns deadly. The film made $7.9 million on its second weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Ready Player One” ($7.5 million)

“Blockers” ($7 million)

“Black Panther” ($4.6 million)

“Traffik” ($3.9 million)

“Isle of Dogs” ($3.4 million)


‘Black Panther’ Continues Stunning Run In Movie Theaters


“Black Panther” continued its record-setting romp this weekend, passing the half-billion-dollar mark in only its third week out in North America as it stayed on track to be one of the highest-grossing films ever, industry analysts said.

The Disney/Marvel collaboration, starring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero king of an idyllic if fictional African country, took in an estimated $65.7 million for the three-day weekend, website Exhibitor Relations reported.

That take, nearly four times the $17 million earned by the weekend’s No. 2 movie — “Red Sparrow” from Fox — gave “Panther” the third-highest weekend ever, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($90.2 million) and “Avatar” ($68.5 million), according to Variety.com.

“Panther,” which also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya and Martin Freeman, has now taken in nearly $900 million globally, with its opening in China still days away.

“Red Sparrow” tells the story of Russian ballerina-turned-elite spy Jennifer Lawrence. She is backed by an all-star cast including Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling.

In third spot was MGM’s new release “Death Wish,” with ticket sales of $13 million. The thriller stars Bruce Willis as a doctor who goes vigilante after an attack on his family. The cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue.

Next was comedy thriller “Game Night” from Warner Bros., taking in $10.7 million. The movie, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, tells the story of six friends who get together for beer and games and stumble into a reality game where lives may be at stake.

And in fifth place was Sony’s “Peter Rabbit,” taking in $10 million in its fourth week out. The film, which mixes live actors with computer-generated animation, is based loosely on the children’s book by Beatrix Potter.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“Annihilation” ($5.7 million)

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” ($4.5 million)

“Fifty Shades Freed” ($3.3 million)

“The Greatest Showman” ($2.7 million)

“Every Day” ($1.6 million)


‘The Last Jedi’ Rakes In $450.8mn Worldwide In Opening

Members of the cast of Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at its world premiere at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Jesse Grant / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — the latest episode in the blockbuster space saga — has raked in more than $450 million worldwide since hitting theaters, Disney said Monday.

The film — which features the late Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Princess Leia — took in $220 million in North America, and another $230.8 million overseas, a Disney spokesman said.

It was the fifth biggest global box office debut in history, the company said.

Star Wars characters arrive on the red carpet during the closing ceremony of the Dubai International Film Festival, in Dubai on December 13, 2017.
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