R-rated comedy "Good Boys" led a pack of new films this weekend, exceeding expectations with $21 million.
“Good Boys," which was produced by the "Superbad" team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is the first R-rated comedy to open in first place since 2016’s “The Boss." It's also the biggest opening for an original comedy this year.
The comedy, which stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon, has already earned back its $20 million production budget. It debuted overseas with $2.1 million for a global start of $23.1 million.
Meanwhile, "The Angry Birds Movie 2,” which opened on Tuesday, finished with $16.2 million over the six-day frame. The animated sequel took in $10 million over the weekend. That's a steep drop from the first film, which scored $38 million in its opening weekend. The second film, which has the birds teaming up with their enemies the green pigs, had better reviews and a smaller production budget than the original. Audiences gave it a "B+" CinemaScore, the same score the first film earned.
Shark thriller "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" earned a fairly toothless $9 million to land in sixth place. That's down from the first film, which opened with $11 million but had a long run in theaters. It ended up with $44 million in domestic ticket sales.
"Blinded by the Light," about a British Pakistani teenager whose life is changed when he discovers Bruce Springsteen's music, debuted with a dismal $4.5 million from 2,307 screens, despite positive reviews. Perhaps word of mouth and its "A-" CinemaScore will buoy the film, which was directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham.")
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” directed by Richard Linklater of "Boyhood" and "Before Sunrise" fame, launched with a disastrous $3.45 million. Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette, who disappears just before her family is set to go on a big trip. The film's release was bumped by five months, which is rarely ever a good sign. Audiences gave it a "B" CinemaScore. It currently holds a "rotten" score of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here are the top 10 estimates for August 16-18, 2019
1. "Good Boys," $21,000,000
2. "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw," $14,140,000
3. "The Lion King” (2019), $11,900,000
4. "The Angry Birds Movie 2," $10,500,000
5. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," $10,050,000
6. "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," $9,000,000
7. "Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” $8,500,000
8. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," $7,600,000
9. "Blinded By the Light," $4,450,000
10. "The Art of Racing in the Rain," $4,403,000