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Battle at the Box Office 8/19

Good Boys was the surprise winner at the box office over the weekend, exceeding expectations and knocking down the bad-ass duo of Hobbs & Shaw.

Good Boys took in $21 million over the weekend and it’s only the third original film of 2019 to win the box office.  It’s slightly better than last year’s similar comedy, Blockers, and Blockers went on to make $60 million for its domestic run.  Good Boys’ opening is also right around other movies like the first Jackass movie, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Project X and Scary Movie 2.

Hobbs & Shaw dropped to second place with another $14.1 million, bringing it up to $133.7 million domestic and $438 million worldwide.  It has the potential to see a massive boost to its worldwide total as it will finally open in China this coming weekend and the Fast & Furious franchise has always been massive there.

The Lion King took third place with another $11.9 million.  It has made over $496 million domestic and over $1.4 billion worldwide.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 opened to fourth place with $10.5 million.  That is way below what the first movie made on its opening weekend, which was $38 million in 2016.  It made a total of $16.2 million total since it came out on Wednesday last week and it also made an additional $29 million worldwide.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark rounded out the top 5 with $10 million.  It dropped around 51% from last weekend and has made $40.1 million so far for its two weeks out.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged opened in sixth place with $9 million.  The first movie made $11.2 million and the studio was expecting around $15-16 million for the sequel, but it obviously was well below that.

Blinded by the Light opened in $4.4 million and ninth place.  It’s the best opening for movies that came out of Sundance 2019 but it’s a disappointment for WB, especially considering the rapturous reviews and high audience rating.  Where’d You Go, Bernadette did not have nearly as good of reviews as Blinded by the Light and it also opened outside of the top 10 in 11th place.  That is the 68th worst opening ever for a movie in 2,000-2,499 theaters between Kull the Conqueror and Take Me Home Tonight and the lowest wide opening ever for Cate Blanchett.

The Per Theater average went to End of the Century, a drama from Argentina, which made $10,398 in the one theater it was playing in.

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