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August is typically an odd month at the box office. While many just write the month off as an end-of-summer crapfest where studios throw out their films that don’t have much hype, to avoid the prestige dramas that begin rolling out in the fall, there have been some big winners in recent years. “Suicide Squad,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Annabelle 2,” and others have proven that if you market your film right and have a decent product, you can still attract a blockbuster crowd.
All that to say — Gerard Butler’s ‘Has Fallen’ franchise is still very much alive and well, capitalizing on a weak weekend in August to score a pretty respectable debut at the box office. With a #1 showing, “Angel Has Fallen” (the third in the franchise), only dropped approximately -3% from the previous entry (“London Has Fallen”) and scored a $21.25 million opening. With fairly terrible reviews (only 39% on Rotten tomatoes, but what do you honestly expect?), ‘Angel’ was still enjoyed by those people that paid money to see it, earning an ‘A-’ CinemaScore. Sometimes people just enjoy mindless action right before the fall comes and school gets back in session.
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As we move into the coming weeks, for “Angel Has Fallen” to really succeed, it needs to match the box office legs that the previous entries have shown. Both ‘London’ and ‘Olympus’ both earned 3x their debuts domestically, which is great for a film of this caliber. So, if you’re Lionsgate, you’d be pretty happy with a $60+ million domestic total and something close to the $206 million worldwide that ‘London’ was able to amass.
As far as the other newcomers this weekend, there’s really not much to write home about. The Sony faith-based film “Overcomer” debuted with a decent $8.15 million. Sure, the cost...
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