Lionsgate and Millenniumâ€™s â€œAngel Has Fallenâ€ ruled the box office during an expectedly quiet Labor Day weekend. The third entry in the action franchise generated $11.5 million over the weekend and should close out the holiday with $14.4 million.
Without any new nationwide offerings from a major Hollywood studio, those ticket sales were enough to maintain first place on domestic box office charts. After two weekends in theaters, the Gerard Butler-led â€œAngel Has Fallenâ€ has earned $43.6 million.
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With Labor Day comes the close of summer. The four month stretch between May and August had its share of hits (â€œThe Lion King,â€ â€œSpider-Man: Far From Home,â€ â€œToy Story 4â€ and â€œOnce Upon a Time in Hollywoodâ€ to name a few), but overall, popcorn season receipts only came in at $4.3 billion, a 2% decline from last year. That pushed the year-to-date box office down 6.3%, according to Comscore.
Blumhouse Tilt and OTL took on the last weekend of summer with â€œDonâ€™t Let Go.â€ However, the supernatural thriller couldnâ€™t crack the top 10 and debuted at No. 14 with $2.4 million from 920 North American theaters. The movie, which is expected to finish the holiday weekend with $3 million, stars David Oyelowo as a detective working to solve the murder of his niece (portrayed by Storm Reid) when he surprisingly gets a phone call from her. â€œDonâ€™t Let Goâ€ premiered at Sundance under the name â€œRelive.â€
The final movie to launch this summer is Forrest Filmâ€™s drama â€œBennettâ€™s War,â€ which is hoping to hit half a million in box office receipts through Monday. Over the weekend, the movie arrived outside of the top 20 on box office charts, collecting $445,151 from 970 locations.
Labor Day weekend isnâ€™t usually a busy time of year for moviegoing, so holdovers including Universalâ€™s â€œGood Boysâ€ and â€œHobbs & Shawâ€ and Disneyâ€™s â€œThe Lion Kingâ€ rounded out box office charts.
Universalâ€™s â€œGood Boysâ€ held steady at No. 2, pocketing $9.1 million over the weekend for an estimated $11.5 million Labor Day weekend. After three weeks in theaters, the R-rated comedy has picked up a solid $58 million.
Disneyâ€™s â€œThe Lion Kingâ€ nabbed third place, earning $6.7 million during its seventh outing and eyeing $9.2 million through the four-day weekend. Through Sunday, the photorealistic remake has earned $521 million in North America. â€œThe Lion Kingâ€ is now the seventh-biggest movie in history with $1.562 billion globally, passing â€œFurious 7â€ ($1.516 billion) and â€œThe Avengers ($1.519 billion).
In fourth, Universalâ€™s â€œHobbs & Shawâ€ generated $6.2 million over the weekend and should finish the holiday with $8 million. The â€œFast & Furiousâ€ spinoff, starring Dwayne Wade and Jason Statham, has made $158.86 million at the domestic box office and $684.2 million worldwide.
Sonyâ€™s â€œOvercomerâ€ amassed $5.7 million for a fifth-place finish. The faith-based film looks to end Monday with $7.8 million, which would bring North American ticket sales to $19.4 million.