Ending a drought for R-rated comedies, Good Boys takes the top slot


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“This is a genre that is very difficult to do and we’re having great success as a studio with a very diverse slate,” Orr said. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, 9 million dollars. 4. 7. Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie 2, on a budget of 65 million dollars, opened with a paltry 10.5 million dollars domestically, though it added 19.4 million dollars internationally. 1 and 10th this year — second only to Disney. 1 all the way back in April 2016 has an R-rated comedy topped the North American box office. The Secret Life of Pets 2, 9.7 million dollars. “This is like a unicorn sighting,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for data firm Comscore. And United Artists’ Where’d You Go Bernadette grossed 3.5 million dollars from 2,404 locations. The Lion King, 11.9 million (33.8 million dollars international). plunked down 15 million dollars for at the Sundance Film Festival, took in 4.5 million dollars from 2,307 locations. The Lion King, 33.8 million dollars. A pair of films that might have been platform released to build word-of-mouth instead opened wide in bids to stand out in the traditional dumping-ground of late summer. But the results were mixed. As Rogen says, Tremblay, Williams and Noon are all too young to see their own movie alone. 3. Only 7% of the audience was under age 18, according to Universal, though 41% was under 25. Dora and the Lost City of Gold, 8.5 million dollars (6.6 million dollars international). But it didn’t come close to the 38.2 million dollars domestic debut of the first installment in 2016 despite notably better reviews (76% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). The weekend’s other new widely released films — the animated sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2, the shark attack sequel 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, the Bruce Springsteen-inspired drama Blinded by the Light and Richard Linklater’s Cate Blanchett-led Where’d You Go Bernadette — all fizzled. Blinded by the Light, 4.5 million dollars. It debuted with 9 million dollars, a slight downtick from the 11.2 million dollars the first one opened with in 2017. 5. The Angry Birds Movie 2, 10.5 dollars million (19.4 million dollars international). 0
Comment(s) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 10.1 million dollars (4.4 million dollars international). Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. 8. 1. Advertising

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. 3. 9. Hobbs and Shaw, 45.7 million dollars. They just over-deliver constantly with a broad range of films.”
The challenge of Good Boys was to turn out moviegoers older than the movie’s pipsqueak protagonists, and it did. Good Boys, 21 million dollars (2.1 million dollars international). The studio was behind The Boss as well as the intervening years’ highest grossing domestic comedies: 2017’s Girls Trip and 2018’s Night School. Second place is Universal’s body-switch comedy Little. The Bravest, 15.9 million dollars. The movie’s much-watched red-band trailer traded on its ironies. Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, 53.7 million dollars. Good Boys rode a buzzy premiere at South By Southwest, good reviews (80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and the imprimatur of producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Good Boys is much like a tween version of Superbad) to notch the best opening for an original comedy this year. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky (who co-wrote the script with Lee Eisenberg), Good Boys stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. More Explained

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Sony’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, however, grossed 53.7 million dollars overseas after expanding to 46 markets — the largest foreign launch for any Quentin Tarantino film, and the best worldwide haul for any film this weekend. 5. and Canada), according to Comscore. 6. The Good Boys debut gave Universal, also behind Hobbs and Shaw, its third straight weekend at No. 6. 10. With two weeks to go, the overall summer movie season is running 1.9% behind the pace of last summer, according to Comscore. Advertising

Good Boys broke out of a crowded late-summer field of new releases. The Angry Birds Movie 2, 19.4 million dollars. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Bodies at Rest, 18.9 million dollars. 2. Hoping to snarl kids before school starts, Sony released the film on Tuesday. 4. Crowds split evenly between the sexes: 52% male, 48% female. Ne Zha, 39.5 million dollars. 9. The film, which has been warmly reviewed, is about a British-Pakistani teen growing up in 1980s England whose life is transformed after he discovers Springsteen. Art of Racing in the Rain, 4.4 million dollars. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, from Entertainment Studios, also showed little bite. The release strategies behind some of the weekend’s other new films were harder to discern. “One of the common denominators there is our marketing department. Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal, credited Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures and the film’s clever marketing for the film’s performance. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 7.6 million dollars (53.7 million dollars international). The King’s Avatar: For the Glory, 9.7 million dollars. 7. But Universal Pictures, which released Good Boys, has kept the flame. In recent years, R-rated horror has largely taken the place of R-rated comedy at the box office, as Hollywood has increasingly ceded the genre to TV and streaming services. Based on Maria Semple’s 2012 comic novel, Linklater’s film earned lukewarm reviews for its tale of a missing mother (Blanchett). 2. 10. Not since Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss came in No. 8. 1. Advertising

Good Boys surpassed expectations to debut with 21 million dollars, according to studio estimates Sunday, dethroning the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, which slid to second with 14.1 million dollars in its third weekend. Hobbs and Shaw, 14.1 million dollars (45.7 million dollars international). Williams and Brady Noon as sixth graders trying to make it to their first kissing party. Toy Story 4, 8.6 million dollars. Blinded by the Light, which Warner Bros.