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Angel Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, arrived in theaters this week and has immediately taken the top spot. This is the third film in the Fallen franchise, which has been led by Butler since 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen. Considering it was a big weekend for debuts (especially those in the mid- to low budget range), with faith-based film Overcomer and horror-thriller Ready or Not also arriving on the scene, Angel‘s standout performance is especially noteworthy.
It’s likely a combination of audience curiosity in seeing where the Fallen franchise would go in this third theatrical outing and interest in seeing Butler kick butt once more contributed to Angel‘s $7.9 million domestic earnings on Friday, which includes the $1.5 million it earned during previews. This puts the third film ahead of the second in the franchise, 2016’s London Has Fallen, which brought in $7.5 million on its first Friday in theaters. Of course, neither sequel has touched Olympus‘ first Friday take stateside of more than $10 million but that’s to be expected; these are sequels, after all, and it’s rare a secondary or tertiary installment outdoes the original.
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