No one had ‘Good Boys’ pegged to be the #1 movie of the weekend, but the R-rated comedy, which boasts Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill as producers, took in an unexpected $21 million at the box office, giving it the highest original comedy debut of the year. Incidentally, Universal Pictures has had the top comedy opening for the last three years. Last year it was ‘Night School’ and in 2017, it was ‘Girls Trip’. ‘Good Boys’ is the first R-rated comedy to open at the top since ‘The Boss’ in 2016. Audiences gave ‘Good Boys’ four out of five stars via PostTrak and a B+ through CinemaScore. It has a solid 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Universal also took the #2 spot with ‘Hobbs & Shaw’. The film opened in Korea this weekend and had the highest opening there of the entire ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. The film has now passed the $400 million mark worldwide. With ‘Good Boys’ following ‘Hobbs & Shaw’, Universal has racked up six #1 movies this year, along with ‘Glass’, ‘Us’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’, and ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’. And with ‘Us’ and ‘Good Boys,’ it is the ONLY studio to have two original #1s.
Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ came in at #3. Globally, it has made $1.3 billion, making it Disney’s fifth billion-dollar movie of the year after ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Toy Story 4’ (which also just crossed the mark), and ‘Aladdin’. This is the first time that a single studio has produced that many billion-dollar movies in one year, and some are eyeing this winter’s ‘Frozen 2’ and ‘Star War: The Rise of Skywalker’ as potential candidates as well, which would bring Disney to an astounding seven billion-dollar movies in a year.
For some reason, ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ was opened on Tuesday, which undermined its weekend performance. As a result, it landed at #4. Audiences gave it 3 stars and a B+ via CinemaScore. ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ slipped to #5.
- Good Boys (Universal) – $21M
- Hobbs & Shaw (Universal) – $14.1M
- The Lion King (Disney) – $11.9M
- The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) – $10.5M
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (CBS/Lionsgate) – $10M
Though no longer in the Top Five, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ has swung past ‘Skyfall’ to become Sony’s #1 movie of all time globally. (It still trails behind ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ at the domestic box office.)
Next weekend will be off. The biggest movie opening is ‘Angel Has Fallen’, starring Gerard Butler, but that movie was made for the international market and isn’t expected to be a huge hit in the US.