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Box Office Report For August 16-18

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As always, each and every single Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, the raunchy comedy Good Boys is one of the titles entering the fray, hoping to translates laughs into major dollars. Joining the fray as well was 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Blinded by the Light, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, making for a crowded field. How did all of the films in question do? Let us take a look right now at just that…

Taking the top spot this week and beating back Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was Good Boys. An estimated $21 million not only was way higher than initial projections, but more than covers the film’s budget. Solid reviews and a dearth of raunchy R rated comedy helped propel this one to some strong numbers. Additionally, it’s only the third original movie to open at number one all year. Imagine that. The following weekends may not have strong holds, but for the moment, the comedy is a small hit for Universal, for which they are undeniably pleased.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw dropped down to number two, with another $14.1 million to its name. Another Universal title, the company had quite the weekend. As previously mentioned, this isn’t performing like a true Fast & Furious title, but it’s still making a pretty penny, regardless.

Debuting at number four for the second week in a row was a family flick, this one being the animated sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2. With only $10.5 million, this is less than a third of what the original opened to, which has to be a disappointment. One doesn’t have to be a genius to assume that The Lion King (third place with nearly $12 million) took away some of the eyeballs, but even so, this isn’t the opening that Sony had hoped for with this budding franchise.

Sixth place this weekend went to another sequel in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Unable to match the conservative projections for the frame, or even what the original did, it only took in an estimated $9 million. Don’t expect to see a third installment anytime soon…

Managing only a ninth place finish, unable to translate phenomenal reviews (including yours truly calling it the best film of the year so far), was Blinded by the Light. Despite an A- CinemaScore and critical acclaim it couldn’t catch on. Falling short of $4.5 million after New Line / Warner Bros. paid about $15 million for it at the Sundance Film Festival isn’t ideal, to be sure. Still, with a crowdpleaser like this, maybe it finds its tribe in the weeks to come?

Opening up outside the top ten, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is a definite misfire from Richard Linklater. A little over $3.4 million represents a poor start, making for another adult skewed title to struggle at the box office. Bad reviews didn’t help though, that’s for sure…

Nothing really of note opened in limited release this week. Maybe next time around?

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Good Boys – $21,000,000

2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – $14,140,000

3. The Lion King – $11,900,000

4. The Angry Birds Movie 2 – $10,500,000

5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – $10,050,000

6. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged – $9,000,000

7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold – $8,500,000

8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – $7,600,000

9. Blinded by the Light – $4,450,000

10. The Art of Racing in the Rain – $4,403,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – $3,455,860

12. Spider-Man: Far from Home – $2,755,000

13. The Kitchen – $2,205,000

14. Toy Story 4 – $2,177,000

15. The Farewell – $1,501,792

16. Mission Mangal – $1,305,000

17. Brian Banks – $683,137

18. Yesterday – $560,000

19. Aladdin – $323,000

20. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $259,000

21. Crawl – $205,000

22. Maiden – $186,319

23. Luce – $163,965

24. Rocketman – $100,000

25. Avengers: Endgame – $98,000

26. Midsommar – $93,923

27. After the Wedding – $86,957

28. Tel Aviv on Fire – $60,566

29. Honeyland – $56,997

30. One Child Nation – $49,569

Until next weekend folks!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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