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Despite a record number of films crossing the $1 billion mark globally — most from Disney, whose domination continues to grow — the May-August corridor wasn’t able to close a year-over-year gap. Summer revenue clocked in at $4.3 billion, down 2 percent from last year, according to Comscore. Year-to-date is down 6 percent.
Disney commanded well more than 40 percent of all market share — and that’s without grosses from the Fox films it inherited. Sony made a rousing comeback, placing No. 2 in terms of domestic market share for first time since 2006.
And in another solid swing for Lionsgate, Millennium’s Angel Has Fallen was set to finish Monday with a projected 10-day domestic cume of $44 million.
The two new nationwide offerings braving the Labor Day weekend — Don’t Let Go and Bennett’s War — couldn’t even crack the top 10 (both have a modest footprint in terms of theater count).
Starring Storm Reid and David Oyelowo, Don’t Let Go came in No. 15 with an estimated four-day gross of $2.9 million from 922 locations. Having debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival as Relive, the supernatural thriller is from Blumhouse Tilt and Tom Ortenberg’s Briarcliff Entertainment via the releasing label OTL. The film is playing in 922 locations.
Don’t Let Go, directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, cost $5 million to produce. Blumhouse insiders say it opened in line with expectations and will be fine financially.
Bennett’s War, which bowed in 970 locations, was barely a blip, grossing $553,000 for the four-day frame. The faith-based motocross film is the first release from indie distributor Forrest Films.
Universal’s Good Boys came in at No. 2 with an estimated $12 million for the four days for a domestic total of $58.6 million in a needed win for the comedy genre. The studio also took the No. 4 slot with Hobbs & Shaw, which has hit a huge $684.2 million globally.
Disney’s The Lion King, which secured third place, has now passed Furious 7 ($1.516 billion) and The Avengers ($1.519 billion) to become the No. 7 grossing film of all time globally, not adjusted for inflation. Domestically, it earned $9.4 million over Labor Day weekend for a domestic cume of $523.5 million.
Elsewhere, Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home was rereleased domestically in 3,162 theaters with four minutes of new footage. The move paid off, with the pic earning an estimated $5.5 million for the four days, bringing its domestic haul to $386 million through Monday and north of $1.12 billion globally.
Sony is also home of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which now sports a worldwide cume of $284 million, the director’s third-best showing ever behind Django Unchained ($425.8 million) and Inglourious Basterds ($321.5 million), not adjusted for inflation.
At the specialty box office, A24’s The Farewell finished the holiday weekend with a domestic total of $16 million after expanding into a total of 891 cinemas in its eighth frame. Meanwhile, Roadside Attractions’ The Peanut Butter Falcon now stands at a $8.8 million cume after upping its location count to 1,248 theaters in its fourth weekend.
Weekend Box Office 09/02/19
|1. Angel Has Fallen||$14.8M||$43.9M||3,336||2|
|2. Good Boys||$12.1M||$59.1M||3,458||3|
|3. The Lion King||$9.3M||$523.5M||3,190||7|
|4. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw||$8.2M||$159.0M||2,972||5|
|6. Ready or Not||$7.0M||$21.5M||2,957||2|
|7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark||$6.3M||$58.9M||2,747||4|
|8. Dora and The Lost City of Gold||$5.7M||$51.2M||2,477||4|
|9. The Angry Birds Movie 2||$5.6M||$35.4M||3,311||3|
|10. Spider-Man: Far From Home||$5.5M||$386.0M||3,162||9|
Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.
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