Rogan-backed comedy keeps overachieving
From left, Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, and Molly Gordon star in the R-rated comedy Good Boys.
September 5, 2019
Action flick Angel Has Fallen has once again taken the top spot at a weak box office, selling another $14.5 million over the soft weekend, upping the flick’s 10-day U.S. sales total to just under $44 million.
Thus far the movie has played only on domestic screens, which should tell you something.
Also at the Box
R-rated kiddie comedy (for adults) Good Boys continued to overachieve, taking the No. 2 spot at the box yet again, this time with another $11.6 million in sales, upping the flick’s 17-day sales total to a solid $59 million in the U.S. and $70 million worldwide. Looks like Seth Rogen as a producer wins again. Who’d have ever thought that the chubby stoner kid from Freaks and Geeks would end up being a major power player in Hollywood? Not me, that’s who.
Jon Favreau’s The Lion King just won’t quit. The Lion King took the No. 3 spot at last weekend’s box, selling another $9.2 million over its seventh weekend of release, upping the film’s worldwide ticket sales total to a stunning $1.565 billion, making it the seventh-highest grossing film of all-time. Whoa.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the new Turner & Hooch (aka the new Tango & Cash aka the new Starsky & Hutch, etc.) took the No. 4 spot at the weekend’s sleepy box office, selling another $8 million, bringing the flick’s five-week worldwide sales total to a decent $684 million. That’s probably about half of what the folks at Universal Studios dreamed possible, but not a total bust, either. The second Hobbs & Shaw film will need to feature a really, really good villain (and an equally good trailer) to fill seats. Maybe this is where Joaquin Phoenix finally cashes in and gets that huge post-Joker check.
Overcomer rounded out last weekend’s Top 5 with another $7.9 million in sales, bringing the film’s 10-day sales total to just under $20 million. Not bad for a movie that cost $5 million to produce. You don’t see a profit margin like that outside of the horror genre too often these days.
It’s worth mentioning that all four of last weekend’s new releases bombed. Oof.
New this Week
There’s really just one wide release this week, and that release is director Andrew Muschietti’s third film, It: Chapter Two. Muschietti’s first It film far outperformed the forecasted numbers, selling $328 million in the U.S. and just over $700 million worldwide against a budget of just $35 million.
Chapter Two will not only get a wider release, but boasts a bigger budget and an expanded cast that includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, ScreenTime favorite Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Bill Skarsgård, and ScreenTime cult favorite James Ransone (who I predict is the next Harry Dean Stanton-like character actor in Hollywood). Here’s hoping Ransone and Hader steal the film. Clocking in at 169 minutes, it’ll be interesting to see how young viewers do with such a long run time.
PBS39 is hosting a series of free preview screenings for the upcoming Ken Burns miniseries, Country Music. The dates, places, and times are:
Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crystal Gayle Theatre, Wabash County Historical Museum, Wabash.
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre at Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne.
Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. at the James Cultural Plaza, downtown Auburn.
Also of note
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Taylor Fredricks and his Austin, Texas-based Static Heart Productions will premiere three of their short films at downtown’s beloved Cinema Center theater. Failure, From Here, and In the Dark will all be screened with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Head over to StaticHeartProductions.com to see trailers for the films as well as plenty of video content from past Sheridan and Sheridan-adjacent projects.