September 1, 2019

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 9.1.2019

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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OPENINGS:  Labor Day weekend is traditionally Hollywood’s graveyard, and no major studio touched the holiday with a fresh arrival.  DON’T LET GO (Blumhouse Tilt/OTL) tried to take advantage of the quiet, with a $2.4M start in 922 theatres, which should go to $3M with Monday.  Even considering its very low production/marketing budget, this will probably end up as a loss.

BENNETT’S WAR (Forrest) was even worse with $450K in 970 ($600K with Monday), likely a wipeout

HOLDOVERS:  As usual, the absence of meaningful newcomers was good news for holdovers.  ANGEL HAS FALLEN (Millenium/Lionsgate) dipped 46% to $11.6M ($14.5M with Monday), and could reach $65M in the US, which would be slightly better than the $62.5M for London Has Fallen, a testament to the importance of choosing the right release date.  Overseas, Angel is at $28.7M after a $12.8 weekend in 44 markets, and has a long road before it can think of matching London‘s $143.2M.

GOOD BOYS (Good Universe/Universal) lost just 21% to $9.2M in its 3rd weekend ($11.6M with Monday), and is on track for a US total that could get as high as $70M.  It’s finding less enthusiasm overseas, where it’s at $11.7M after a $2.7M weekend in 27 markets.

THE LION KING (Disney) was down a mere 17% in its 7th weekend to $6.7M ($9.2M with Monday), on its way to $540M in the US.  It’s at $1.04B overseas after a $20.6M weekend.  At $1.6B worldwide, it will be the #7 title of all time.

HOBBS & SHAW (Universal) slipped 22% in its 5th weekend to $6.3M ($8M with Monday), and should end up with $170M in the US, #5 in the Fast & the Furious universe.  It’s much bigger overseas, with $525.3M after a $39.1M weekend in all major markets.  It has a chance of matching Fast & Furious 6‘s worldwide $788.7M, which would make it #3 in the franchise.

OVERCOMER (Affirm/Sony) dropped 30% in its 2nd weekend to $5.7M ($7.9M with Monday).  At $30M, it would be a bit below the $34.5M for Courageous and the $33.5M for Fireproof.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

READY OR NOT (Fox Searchlight/Disney) held very well for a horror movie, down 30% to $5.6M ($6.7M with Monday), and could reach a solid $30M+.  No overseas openings yet.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (CBS/Lionsgate) was impressively down a tiny 15% to $5M in its 4th weekend ($6.2M with Monday) and should reach $70M in the US.  Overseas, it’s at a more moderate $26.7M after a $2.5M weekend in 59 markets.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (Columbia/Sony) added 4 minutes of footage and jumped back to 3162 theatres for a $4.3M weekend ($5.5M with Monday), as it heads toward $390M+ in the US.  Overseas, it’s at $736.2M.

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (Nickelodeon/Paramount) shed 22% to $4.1M in its 4th weekend ($5.6M with Monday), and could get to $60M in the US.  That will still leave it far from breakeven, and overseas it’s at $24.1M after a $4.4M weekend in 33 territories.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (Sony Animation) dropped 36% in its 4th weekend to $4.1M ($5.4M with Monday), but may not reach $45M in the US.  It’s at $58.5M overseas after a $5.5M weekend in 48 markets.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (Columbia/Sony) slimmed down by 19% in its 6th weekend to $4M ($5.2M with Monday), on its way to $140M in the US.  Overseas, it’s hit $152.7M after a $21.6M weekend in 60 territories.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON (Roadside) increased its theatre count by 25% and bumped up 2% for the weekend to $2.9M ($3.8M with Monday), and will hope to get past $15M in the US.

MIDSOMMAR (A24) also added new footage and more theatres for a nevertheless low-key $650K weekend ($800K with Monday).

LIMITED RELEASE:  OFFICIAL SECRETS (IFC) had a mild opening at 4 theatres with a $20K per-theatre average over the 3-day weekend.  TOD@S CAEN (Pantelion/Lionsgate) opened much wider at 371 for a $1.1M weekend ($1.4 with Monday), averaging $2900 over the 3-day weekend.  BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (1091) opened with a $9K average at 3.  AFTER THE WEDDING (Sony Classics) expanded to 426 theatres with a slim $1K per-theatre average.  BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON (Amazon) widened to 49 with a $8500 average.  LUCE (Neon) grew into 235 theatres with a $1200 average.  FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES (Roadside) averaged $2600 at 28.  THE NIGHTINGALE (IFC) couldn’t crack an $800 average at 75.  AQUARELA (Sony Classics) had a $1200 average at 35.  GIVE ME LIBERTY (Music Box) averaged $3800 at 9.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The fall movie season will roar in with IT CHAPTER TWO (New Line/Warners), whose only competition will be the $123.4M opening of its predecessor.  Limited releases include MS PURPLE (Oscilloscope).

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."