BOX OFFICE REPORT
September 6-8, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|It: Chapter Two||$91 million|
|Angel Has Fallen||$6 million|
|Good Boys||$5.3 million|
|The Lion King||$4.1 million|
When your predecessor is a phenomenon, anything short of its accomplishments will look like a disappointment. It: Chapter Two debuted with an estimated $91 million. That's the biggest non-Disney opening of 2019, the fifth-biggest opening for an R-rated horror movie, and one of the biggest openings ever for any R-rated movie. It's also the third-biggest Stephen King adaptation of all time, in just three days. But because It was such an insanely big hit, exceeding Warner Bros.' wildest expectations, making $40 million less will almost certainly be viewed as a disappointment. But a few things worked against it: adults running from a clown just doesn't seem as intense as a group of kids, the reviews weren't nearly as good and the hype for the sequel wasn't nearly as big as the original. Still, this will be one of the biggest non-Disney movies of the year, it just won't be among the top five.
Angel Has Fallen slipped to No. 2 for the first time. The trilogy capper to Gerard Butler's absurd action franchise has made only $53 million in three weekends, still putting it in dead last among the Fallen films. Good Boys dropped to third, and it's become the highest-grossing comedy of the year, depending on how you want to categorize movies like Once upon a Time in Hollywood, The Upside and Yesterday. That's, uh, not great. Remember a few years ago when even a mediocre comedy like We're the Millers could make $150 million? Fun times.
The Lion King stayed in the top 5 for an eighth straight week, and it should pass both Rogue One and The Dark Knight before the end of the month to become the 11th-biggest movie of all time. Also not so great. And then there's Overcomer. Once again, the Kendrick Brothers have done it, churning out a poorly written, poorly acted, vaguely uplifting Christian movie and got evangelicals to turn out for it. It's nearly earned five times its budget in just three weekends.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Ms. Purple, an indie drama about a Korean-American woman and her brother repairing their relationship while their father's health deteriorates. The film made $18,650 on its lone screen.
- Once upon a Time in Hollywood slipped out of the top 10, but it's now Quentin Tarantino's second-biggest movie ever. Hopefully like his top grosser (Inglourious Basterds), there will be some serious Oscar attention paid to it next year.
- Score another success for a movie about a beloved musician from the '70s: Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice averaged $16,500 on seven screens in its debut.
It: Chapter Two gets some competition in the form of two Oscar hopefuls that premiered at TIFF. The Goldfinch is the prestigious literary adaptation that seems like it will flop, because it's hard to get across the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel's plot in a 30-second TV spot. I think it will debut in third with $10 million. Hustlers is riding a wave of great reviews and an empowerment-focused marketing campaign. I think that synergy, plus the inclusion of chart-dominating women like Lizzo and Cardi B will be enough for a strong second-place finish with $20 million. It: Chapter Two will take a steep drop, but will still earn about $35 million.