Universal Studios has enjoyed a fantastic week at the movie theaters with the two highest grossing films worldwide. Good Boys – which might be described as American Pie on training wheels – dominated the box office with a surprising $21 million haul. The Seth Rogan film is about a trio of tweens who go to extraordinarily lengths to get into a kissing party. It has been over three years since a comedy film with an R rating made its debut on top of the box office. Good Boys easily beat early estimates of a $12-$15 million take. With a production budget of $20 million, the film broke even on its opening weekend. Don’t be surprised if Universal greenlights a sequel.
The Fast & Furious franchise continues to thrive as spinoff flick Hobbs & Shaw takes second place during its third week in theaters. The movie featuring Fwayne Johnson and Jason Statham brought in over $14 million domestically and about $45 million overseas. Hobbs & Shaw is estimated to have brought in a total of over $436 million globally.
Universal is the second studio to clear over a billion dollars in ticket sales this year. The first studio is of course Disney.
Speaking of Disney, The Lion King is holding steady as the third highest grossing film this week. The movie has been out in theaters for seven weeks now and has brought in nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.
Sony may not be too happy with the performance of The Angry Birds Movie 2 which made its debut in fourth place with a six-day total of $16.2 million domestically. That is a severe drop when compared to the first film which opened with a total of over $38 million. Don’t feel bad for Sony though. While Spider-Man: Far From Home was not on the list of top ten movies this week, it did bring in enough to become the highest grossing film in Sony’s history. The previous record holder was Skyfall back in 2012.
Here are the top 10 highest grossing films this week:
1. Good Boys
2. Hobbs & Shaw
3. The Lion King
4. The Angry Birds Movie w
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
6. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9. Blinded by the Light
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain
There are quite a few movies coming out next week. It seems that the studios behind several smaller films wanted to get them out before September 6th when It: Chapter Two premieres. Action flick fans might want to check out Angel Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. It is about a Secret Service agent who is framed for attempting to assassinate the President.
Personally, I am eyeing Ready or Not starring Aussie actress Samara Weaving. She plays a bride whose new family forces her to participate in a deadly game of hide-and-seek.
Normally David Yerion covers your weekend box office news but he had other business to attend to. Thanks for bearing with me as I looked over what was hot at the theaters this week and what was not. You’ll probably get David back next weekend so long as Pennywise the Dancing Clown doesn’t scare him too badly.