Good Boys Awarded With Win

Good Boys Movie Monday

Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are two of the toughest hombres around. You wouldn’t think they’d be knocked off their high cinematic horse by a trio of tweens.

But that’s exactly what happened this weekend, when Universal’s R-rated Good Boys upended Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw for first place.

Plugged In had a bad feeling about Good Boys. “We’re essentially being asked to chortle and guffaw over the corruption of three innocent kids,” our reviewer Bob Hoose said. But chortle audiences did, to the tune of $21 million. The movie’s also, according to Box Office Mojo, only the third original  flick to top the box office this year—the others being The Curse of La Llorona and Us. (Audiences overseas were less enamored: Good Boys earned just $2.1 million in international markets, to push its global weekend total to a fairly paltry $23.1 mil.)

Hobbs & Shaw didn’t ramble too far away from No. 1, the place this Furious flick has called home for the last two weekends. It finished second with $14.1 million, pushing its overall North American total to $133.7 million.

The Lion King re-maned a significant player in the top five. The year’s second-biggest movie continues to gobble up the bucks, earning another $11.9 million. With $496.1 million in box-office receipts, the King is less than $4 million away from making a half-billion dollars in North America. And globally, it’s nearing the $1.5 billion mark. Simba might well imitate another King when addressing his fans: Thank ya. Thank ya very much.

The Lion King’s continued success spelled trouble for another kid-centric flick, The Angry Birds Movie 2. This featherweight feature fluttered to fourth in its opening frame, earning just $10.5 million. And while its early Tuesday opening pushes its total to $16.2 million, that’s still a pretty (ahem) cheep outing for a high-profile animated movie. Why, the first Angry Birds flick, which was released in 2016, pecked and scratched to $38 million in its first weekend: That ain’t bird feed.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark finished fifth with about $10 million, which locked three other cinematic newcomers out of the top five. The (really terrible) shark movie 47 Meters Down: Uncaged was the closest of the also-rans, swallowing whole about $9 million in receipts for sixth place. Blinded by the Light showed who wasn’t Boss by clearing just $4.5 million for ninth. As for Where’d You Go, Bernadette? … well, its makers are asking the same thing. The Cate Blanchett dramedy finished 11th with a paltry $3.5 million.

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
I saw Blinded By the Light today and quite enjoyed it. There was nothing really flashy or showy about it, but it was a well-done story that was fun, dramatically moving, well-paced, good-natured, and basically just puts you in a good mood and puts a huge smile on your face. Plus needless to say the soundtrack to the film was really awesome and I know I definitely heard some Bruce songs I hadn’t before. All in all very good film that I wish wasn’t tanking at the box office like it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You all ever realize that Seth Rogen movies are just one-note jokes repeated ad nauseum? At least, that's what the marketing of all of them seem to be...

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to see none of these movies. I'm holding out for Frozen II, Little Women, and Rise of Skywalker later this year.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Me neither. None of the movies out now or coming out for the rest of 2019 interest me personally. I might (emphasis on might) see Joker, but aside from that, I won't be going to the cinema for awhile.
Hannah Cole More than 1 year ago
I just found out about Little Women recently and had no idea it was coming out this year, so I'm tentatively interested in seeing it now. Also interested in seeing The Current War, the Downton Abbey movie, and Frozen II. Then I guess my 2019 movie watching-spree will be pretty much over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besides Blinded By the Light which I just saw today, the only other movies that seem good to me this year are IT: Chapter Two, the Jumanji sequel, Last Christmas with music from George Michael, and possibly the Cats remake. Frozen II might be good as well, because even though I've never been a fan of the first Frozen the previews make the sequel seem kinda cool and far superior, so you never know.
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I saw 47 Meters Down: Uncaged this weekend. I laughed over your review, it was hilarious... but I felt you were not quite fair to the movie. For what it was, a chomper, it was actually very suspenseful and thrilling. Unrealistic? Sure. But we don't go to shark movies for realism, do we? We go to see a bunch of people do stupid things around sharks.

Cate Blanchett is one of my favorite actresses but I honestly think the trailers didn't sell this film well. It struck me as the kind of movie I can wait until Netflix carries it.