Box Office Weekend – ‘Hustlers’ Give ‘IT’ A Run For Its Money
The breakout success story of the weekend was STX’s Hustlers, which came off of some great reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival. Initially expected to make $27M, support for the Jennifer Lopez-led crime drama rallied to $33M+; while audience reception is more mixed than it has been for critics, it should easily make a profit relative to an inexpensive $20M budget. Incidentally, this is said to be the best opening for a movie that stars women of color. That’s a much more positive story coming out of this weekend than with the other major new release, WB’s The Goldfinch, which is one dead bird with a sub-$3M opening weekend across over 2,500 theaters and against a $45M budget, and has neither critical support nor audience support to make up for it. Yikes.
There’s at least some good news for Warner Bros. with IT: Chapter Two performing better than expected on its second weekend, bringing the film’s running domestic box office total up to $150M. With the global box office total of the movie now at $323M+, the sequel, combined with its predecessor, has grossed over a billion dollars. In Sony’s corner, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood has topped Inglourious Basterds as the second-highest-grossing Quentin Tarantino movie, while Spider-Man: Far From Home has finally topped Captain Marvel as 2019’s biggest non-team-up Marvel superhero movie as its run at the global box office starts to come to a close. The Lion King‘s domestic box office run is now between Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532M+) and The Dark Knight ($535M+). In terms of non-blockbuster movies, The Farewell is now past $17M domestically and Ready or Not is now past $41M globally, so it’s safe to say that both are hits at this point.
The Top Twelve box office performances for the three-day weekend can be summarized as follows (bolded titles are new releases):
- IT: Chapter Two (Warner Bros./New Line) – $40.735M Weekend/$153.803M Total; 55.3% Drop.
- Hustlers (STX Entertainment) – $33.23M Total.
- Angel Has Fallen (Lionsgate Films) – $4.4M Weekend/$60.38M Total; 26.5% Drop.
- Good Boys (Universal Pictures) – $4.26M Weekend/$73.316M Total; 22.3% Drop.
- The Lion King (Disney) – $3.555M Weekend/$533.992M Total; 17.8% Drop.
- Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (Universal Pictures) – $2.77M Weekend/$168.317M Total; 27.3% Drop.
- Overcomer (Sony Pictures/Affirm Films) – $2.735M Weekend/$28.987M Total; 26.3% Drop.
- The Goldfinch (Warner Bros.) – $2.64M Total.
- The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions) – $1.921M Weekend/$15.043M Total; 9.8% Drop.
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount Pictures) – $1.85M Weekend/$56.743M Total; 21.1% Drop.
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (CBS Films) – $1.725M Weekend/$64.464M Total; 24.9% Drop.
- Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon) – $1.55M Weekend/$3.805M Total; 49.6% Rise.
The Lion King, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Angel Has Fallen, and IT: Chapter Two are now playing in theaters.
Grant Davis is a freelance writer who has covered entertainment news for more than four years. His articles have frequently appeared in Star Wars News Net as well as as other entertainment-related websites. As someone who grew up on Star Wars and comic book movies, he’s completely thrilled with the current era of genre entertainment.