World Box Office August 26 – September 1, 2019

by Lorenzo Soria September 3, 2019
Gerard Butler in "Angel Has Fallen" (2019)

Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen (2019)

A slow Labor Day weekend saw Americans enjoying the last bit of August sun as they normally do rather than going to the movies. Lionsgate's Angel Has Fallen finished its sophomore frame in first place with $14.8 million over the four days. It reached a domestic gross of $43.9 million. Foreign plays for Angel were worth $12.8 million and brought its worldwide total to $69.4 million.

Top spot on the global chart belonged to Fast & Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw. Universal's first spin-off of their increasingly less street racing focused series earned $39.1 million abroad and $6.7 million at home this frame. It took first on the overseas table and fourth at home. Combined sales for H&S now sit at $684.3 million. It's the second highest grossing non-Disney and non-Marvel movie of the year, after Chinese animated super hit Ne Zha. That picture opened in 66 theaters in the US this frame to the tune of $1.19 million, now has a worldwide gross of $685.4 million.

Back in the US, overall domestic box office sales for the summer season were worth $4.86 billion, up 1% compared to 2018. The number two spot went to Universal's Good Boys. It closed the frame at $12.1 million. Good Boys also made $2.7 million overseas. Worldwide sales are now worth $70.3 million against a budget of around $20 million, making for an already good run that can only get better.

Next up The Lion King, in third place, earned $9.3 million in its seventh session at US theaters and reached a domestic total of $523.5 million. It's in thirteenth place on the all-time domestic chart, and considerably higher up at seventh on the all-time global chart with $1.56 billion. Frozen, the next highest grossing animated film (which has a sequel coming out in November) is down in fifteenth place with $1.27 billion.

Back on the global chart, Sony's Quentin Tarantino directed Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood took third overall with $25.6 million. It touched down in Japan with $2.7 million, 70% ahead of Inglorious Basterds and three times more than Django Unchained. The UK is its top overseas market so far at $20.1 million, followed by Russia at $17 million and France at $15.6 million. Chinese company Bona Film Group co-financed the picture with Sony and is handling distribution in Hong Kong, but a mainland PRC release has yet to be confirmed. Global sales for Hollywood are at $282 million, but given the high marketing spend and the remarkable first dollar gross percentages Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio are said be receiving, Sony is looking forward to testing the Chinese market. 

One of their other properties, the Christian themed movie Overcomer, took $7.7 million over the long weekend and finished in fifth on the US chart. It dropped a miraculous 5% compared to its release last frame, and now sits at a domestic cume of $19.3 million against a budget of around $5 million. Central and South American plays are set to start next week and should tap that strong Catholic market well enough to bring in a few more millions.

Much of this frame's quiet was due to Warner Bros. launching It: Chapter Two this coming Friday. It will hit all of its major foreign markets at the same time save for France, which will have to wait until September 18 for the movie to hit theaters.

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