A good weekend for older audiences is not unheard for this time of year.
Films released in the dead zone at the end of August can overwhelm the dying gasps of the summer blockbusters that have been out for weeks and months, and that’s just what happened.
$21.3 million is almost what “London has Fallen” opened at a couple of years ago, so “Angel has Fallen” wins the weekend in exactly the same way
An $8 million+ take for the preaching Kendrick Brothers, an older whiter and mostly Southern audience, according to tracking data, for *Overcomer.”
“Ready or Not,” the other wide release this week, only has managed $10.5 million or so since Wednesday.
That’s a flop. Even with fake Margot Robbie in it.
“Hobbs & Shaw” is still in the top five, and opened HUGE in China this week.
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” opened wider — still under 1000 screens, and took in over $3 million, not quite cracking the top ten.
Poor per screen averages for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” means its tenth place finish is its last weekend in the top ten. It’s already lost screens in rural America and should lose a bunch next weekend.
The summer of 2019 had several absolute brand name blockbusters. But the failure of smaller, fringe audience hits and the number of mid budget to high budger flops put this summer 2% behind last summer. That adds to the already slack year, still 6% below 2018 in admissions.