Angel, Overcomer Both Overperform

Angel Has Fallen MM

Fallen Angel? Hardly.

The new Gerard Butler actioner, Angel Has Fallen, actually fluttered straight to No. 1, soaring high above its competition with an estimated $21.3 million weekend in North America. That makes it the first film in the Fallen franchise to open at No. 1—even though, paradoxically, it made the least money of the three. (Olympus Has Fallen earned $30.4 million in its opening frame in 2013, while London Has Fallen ka-chinged its way to $21.6 million in 2016.)

In fact, Angel’s $21.3 million was the lowest No. 1 gross since Glass earned a $9.5-million win way back in the first week of February. Congrats to Angel for the win, but its final tally is far from heavenly.

Angel pushed last week’s box-office champ, Good Boys, to second place. The R-rated comedy finished the weekend with $11.8 million, pushing its total North American haul to $42.1 mil. Right behind Good Boys, though, might be the week’s biggest surprise—at least for some.

For more than a decade, Alex and Stephen Kendrick have been crafting faith-based movies that leave secular critics scratching their heads and Christian audiences flocking to theaters. And it seems that each successful new Kendrick Brothers release is labeled a jaw-dropping, gob-smacking surprise. The latest: Overcomer, which was made for a mere $5 million. This unassuming movie about a cross-country runner and her coach earned $8.2 million—about $2 million more than prognosticators expected—to finish third. Let’s face it: The world can continue to be shocked by the Kendrick Brothers, but their success is just about as surprising as seeing Tom Brady in the NFL playoffs.

Oh, and Overcomer was just in just a little more than 1,700 theaters—about 1,600 fewer than the fourth-place movie.

And just what was that fourth-place film, you ask? Good question. Early estimates have The Lion King nosing out Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw for the honors, but the race is tight: The bean counters at Disney think The Lion King will earn about $8,150,000, while Universal is saying that Hobbs & Shaw will make $8,140,000. That’s a difference of just $10,000—less than what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson probably spends on nutritional supplements monthly. The results could flip when the receipts are counted for realsies.

(Both films still had something to celebrate the last several days, though. The Lion King became just the second film this year to earn more than $500 million in North America, while Hobbs & Shaw celebrated a smashing $102 million debut in China—the largest August opening ever there.)

But no matter who finishes fourth, it still leaves Ready or Not—the weekend’s third big new movie—on the outside of the top five. It earned just $7.6 million to claim sixth place. Clearly, Ready or Not was … not.

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 More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Ready or Not looks incredibly corny, but in the good kinda way. Too bad it's rated R, because if it wasn't I'd be interested in seeing it!

I am planning to eventually see Overcomer. Whether it will be in theaters or on Redbox is still up in the air, but I'm still planning to see it regardless.
The Kenosha Kid More than 1 year ago
@First Comment Guy, do you strictly avoid R-rated movies even if they interest you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

For me, when it comes to mature content in entertainment (R rated movies, M rated games, or music with “colorful” words), before I delve into them, I stop to ask myself if it will help me in some sort of way. Will it teach me a life lesson that I wouldn’t have learned if I never watched/played/listened to it? Will it give me a new perspective or help me see life in a new point of view?

If the answer is no and the movie/game/song is just for the sake of having fun, then I can skip it. There are a lot of movies (like Ready or Not) that could be a blast to watch, but it would come at the price of wading through a lot of problematic content. I can watch something else with less problematic content and experience just as much enjoyment (if not more) as I would watching the more mature films.

If there’s a message that I can learn from the entertainment though, I can wade through the content so long as it isn’t too bad (as a male, I won’t watch anything with female nudity). Patriots Day was my favorite film of 2016, and I enjoyed Hacksaw Ridge. Even though the content of those films are quite messy (PD more than HR), I can still learn a lesson the movie is trying to teach or experience a true story and what it felt like to be there.

So do I avoid mature entertainment even if it interests me? It depends.

The Kenosha Kid More than 1 year ago

Thanks for the thoughtful response. I always try to gauge the value of a movie/game/song too, although my criteria might be a little broader than yours. But hey, everyone has to set their own boundaries.


It was interesting what you said about eschewing female nudity entirely but sometimes finding the value in an extremely violent movie like Hacksaw Ridge (which I agree was very good -- I haven't seen Patriots Day). What makes nudity more abhorrent than violence? And do other folks who use this site feel the same way?


Thanks for the dialogue, and have a great day.

Big Mike More than 1 year ago
to me i dont have a problem with violence in the movies is that its not real unlike nudity which is real and actually happens, but i think it really comes down to what your conscience tells you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Sorry it took me so long to get back to this; I’ve been working on a college assignment.

Like a lot of other guys, I sometimes struggle with lust, and I try to stay away from places that might make me lust after girls, which if I remember correctly the Bible says is a sin.
I also think that nudity of the opposite gender is something that should be shared only between a husband and wife, sort of like Adam and Eve. Male nudity isn’t a problem to me, but female nudity wouldn’t be right.

Watching violence, on the other hand, doesn’t make me more violent. If the purpose of the entertainment is how violent the violence is, I don’t consider that right. Patriots Day and Hacksaw Ridge were both very violent, but they were that way not to entertain, but to show how horrific the true stories that they were telling were.

Language is somewhere in the middle for me.
The Kenosha Kid More than 1 year ago

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is still hanging onto 10th place after five weeks. What a fantastic, well-made and completely original movie. Has anyone here seen it?