Between the usual end-of-summer slowdown and the arrival of “It: Chapter Two” next week, there were no new wide releases in movie theaters for this Labor Day weekend, leaving an opening for Lionsgate/Millennium’s “Angel Has Fallen” to top the domestic charts for another week with an estimated $11.5 million 3-day second weekend.
By comparison, that’s slightly higher than the $10.9 million earned in the second weekend of “London Has Fallen” in 2016 and is a 46% drop from the $21.3 million opening earned by “Angel” last weekend. Through Labor Day, the film is projected to earn a $14.5 million extended weekend total to bring its domestic run to $43.5 million.
While Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” will take the No. 4 spot on the domestic charts with an estimated $8 million 4-day total, it is also set to become the first 2019 film to stay No. 1 worldwide for four weekends. The “Fast & Furious” spinoff is estimated to earn $45 million worldwide this weekend, with $27 million coming from China.
“Hobbs & Shaw” has stayed atop the global charts for so long thanks to Universal placing it late in the summer slate after all of Disney and Marvel’s blockbusters had finished in theaters. With no major blockbusters coming after it in August, “Hobbs” took No. 1 for two weekends in North America and kept its momentum rolling with a later release in China, which is now the film’s highest grossing market with $166 million after two weekends. The global total now stands at $684 million.
Back on the domestic charts, another Universal release, “Good Boys,” is estimated to take second place this weekend with an estimated $9.1 million 3-day/$11.5 million 4-day total. The R-rated comedy now has a total of $58.6 million through three weekends.
In third is Disney’s “The Lion King” with an estimated $6.7 million 3-day/$9.2 million 4-day weekend, bringing its domestic total to $523.5 million. The remake sits seventh on the all-time charts with $1.56 billion, passing both “Furious 7” and “The Avengers.” The film’s overseas total of $1.04 billion has also now passed the overseas run of “The Fate of the Furious,” which made $1.01 billion in 2017.
Completing the top five are last week’s releases, Sony’s “Overcomer” and Fox Searchlight’s “Ready or Not,” both of which are estimated to earn around $5.7 million over three days. “Ready or Not” is estimated to earn a two weekend total of $21.2 million, while “Overcomer” is estimated at $19.4 million.
Finally, Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is estimated to earn $5.4 million over the 4-day weekend, bringing its domestic total to $385 million. Sony released a special version of the film for Labor Day weekend featuring a new four-minute action sequence, releasing it on 3,162 screens including 233 IMAX and 200 premium large format locations.