Angel Hasn’t Fallen Yet

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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.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw squealed into fourth place with $8.2 million, while the Christian flick Overcomer held onto a top-five spot with $7.8 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).

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
Too bad about Bennet's War. Although it didn't sound like my cup of tea, it seemed to be an interesting story. 
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

With the Joker movie getting very positive reviews (Empire called it, "Bold, devastating, and utterly beautiful" and IGN gave it a perfect 10/10), I will be very interested to see how it performs in the awards category. I always suspected that Joaquin Phoenix would get a Best Actor nomination, but now after seeing the reviews I'm almost certain he will.