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Good Boys Finish First and Far From Home Is Now Sony’s Biggest Film

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Universal Pictures‘ new R-rated comedy Good Boys laughed all the way to No. 1 at the domestic box office with an opening of $21 million from 3,204 theaters, an average of $6,554 per theater. The debut marks the biggest original comedy opening of 2019 and the first R-rated comedy to open in first since Universal’s The Boss in April 2016. The film also brought in $2.1 million from 13 international markets, for a global weekend of $23.1 million. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (SuperbadPineapple Express and Sausage Party), Good Boys stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, and Will Forte. It received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences and cost just $20 million to make.

Universal also took second place at the North American box office with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which added $14.1 million its third weekend and has now grossed $133.7 million. The spinoff was No. 1 again at the worldwide box office for a third-straight weekend and has brought in $303 million overseas, for a global total of $436.7 million. Made for $200 million, the David Leitch-directed film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, and Helen Mirren.


Disney’s The Lion King remained in third place with $11.9 million and the movie has now earned $496.1 million in North America after five weeks. Internationally, the adaptation of the classic added $33.8 million and is up to $939.1 million, for a worldwide total of $1.435 billion (with $120.3 million from China), which makes it the No. 9 movie of all time globally (passing Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s $1.405 billion). It’s also the No. 2 release of 2019 domestically, internationally and globally (behind Avengers: Endgame). Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones.

Landing in fourth place was Sony Pictures Animation sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2, which opened with $10.5 million its first weekend from 3,869 theaters, an average of $2,714 per location. The film has grossed $16.2 million since hitting theaters on Tuesday morning. The first movie opened to $38.2 million in May of 2016. The sequel also brought in $19.4 million from 29 international markets, taking its overseas total to $30.2 million. Made for $65 million, The Angry Birds Movie 2 received a B+ CinemaScore. Directed by Thurop Van Orman, the film features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Beck Bennett, Brooklynn Prince, Maya Rudolph, Tony Hale, JoJo Siwa, Gaten Matarazzo, Colleen Ballinger, and David Dobrik.

CBS Films, eOne and Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark rounded out the top five with $10 million to take its two-week total to $40.2 million. Made for $25 million and directed by André Øvredal, the adaptation of the Alvin Schwartz book series stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.

Entering the waters in sixth place was 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures), which grossed $9 million from 2,853 theaters, an average of $3,155 per location. The first film opened with $11.2 million in June of 2017. Made for just $12 million, Uncaged received a C+ CinemaScore. Directed by Johannes Roberts, the film stars John Corbett, Nia Long, Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stalllone, Brianne Tju, Davi Santos, and Khylin Rhambo.

Paramount Pictures’ Dora and the Lost City of Gold added $8.5 million in seventh place and has reached $33.9 million after two weeks. The big screen adaptation also added $6.6 million overseas this weekend from 24 markets to take its international total to $10.7 million and worldwide total to $44.6 million. James Bobin directed the $49 million movie, which stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Adriana Barraza, Temuera Morrison, Jeffrey Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, and Danny Trejo.

In eighth place, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Sony Pictures) added $7.6 million and is up to $114.3 million after four weeks. Internationally, the film earned $53.7 million from 46 markets, putting the overseas total at $66.2 million and global gross at $180.5 million. Made for $90 million, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino.

While it received an A- CinemaScore from audience, not many moviegoers showed up for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Blinded by the Light. In ninth place, the film earned $4.5 million from 2,307 theaters, an average of $1,929 per location. Gurinder Chadha directed the movie, which is set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s songs. Blinded by the Light stars Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell and Dean-Charles Chapman.

Disney’s 20th Century Fox release The Art of Racing in the Rain dropped to tenth place its second weekend with $4.4 million and has earned $16.8 million after two weeks. Directed by Simon Curtis, the movie stars Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Keira Armstrong and Martin Donovan, with the voice of Enzo provided by Kevin Costner.

Also, Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time. The film brought in $2.76 million this weekend and has grossed $376.6 million domestically. Internationally, Far From Home added $3.1 million and has reached $733 million. Worldwide, the movie has passed Skyfall‘s global total of $1.108 billion and is at $1.109 billion after today. Made for $160 million and directed by Jon Watts, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Star, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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