In a decidedly sleepy weekend at the box office, the Gerard Butler actioner Angel Has Fallen flapped over a legion of holdovers to claim its second-straight weekend crown.
Just as we said last weekend, its totals weren’t particularly jaw-dropping. Angel earned an estimated $14.8 million domestically during the holiday weekend (including Labor Day). Thwack off the extra day and tally Angel’s earnings for the traditional three-day weekend, and it earned just $11.8 million. That would’ve only put Angel in sixth place during, say, the first full weekend in June, when The Secret Life of Pets 2 took the victory with $46.7 million.
Still, victories are hard to come by in this business, and Angel Has Fallen has now earned $40.9 million in North America during its run—which, it must be said, is more than most of us have earned since Aug. 23.
With only two low-profile wide releases debuting in theaters, the weekend was stocked with aged hangers on. Despite the name, Good Boys is practically done with puberty in box-office terms, collecting $12.1 million during the extended Labor Day weekend. But it’s a young cub next to The Lion King. After seven weeks, its teeth are looking mighty long … but clearly the Disney remake still has some bite. It earned about $9.3 million over the four-day weekend to bring its total earnings to a staggering $521 million.
The weekend’s two newcomers finished waaaay out of the top five. Don’t Let Go actually did let go of the box-office ledge and careened all the way down to 15th with $2.9 million. Still, it performed quite a bit better than Bennett’s War. The inspirational sports flick wiped out around the weekend curve, crashing into 24th place with less than $555,900. That’s one of the worst debuts in history for a film released in more than 600 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo (Bennett’s War showed in 970 of them).